In him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily. (Colossians 2:9)
Jesus! Have you noticed how the diety of Jesus has been downplayed in our world? Have you noticed, more crucially, how the diety of Jesus has been downplayed in our modern day churches? The world doesn’t mind the idea of a Jesus being a man who only loves, or Him being prophet. But there is a problem with Him being God.
This is a quote from Nancy Wolgemuth in today’s devotional:
“If Jesus is God, He stops being only a great moral teacher and becomes Someone who has all authority and power, Someone before whom all humanity stands accountable.
And the world does majorly mind that part.”
The authority and power of Jesus has raised hackles, not just in modern days, but when He was walking the earth in the flesh. Jesus often impressed those who heard Him, with His knowledge and insightful observations, however; when He referred to Himself as teh “Son of Man” or the “Son of God” they became enraged. The charge of blasphemy was used to condemn Him to death on the cross.
The continual attack against Jesus’ claim to diety has continued since then. Modern day religions, and even some who claim to be “Christian,” demote to Jesus to “A” Son of God, but neglect to recognize Him as THE SON OF GOD.
By His own admission, Jesus IS God!
And a closing quote from Wolgemuth in “Consider Jesus” Advent Devotional:
But Jesus is God . . . unapologetically God. The wonder of Christmas is that “God was manifested in the flesh” (1 Tim 3:16 nkjv). If not, the whole structure of Christianity crumbles. But if so—and it is most assuredly so—our celebration of Christmas can be not only a winter excuse for expressions of human love and kindness, but an opportunity to receive again the love of God for us.
What are some ramifications of dismissing the fact that Jesus is God? What difference would it make in your life if He wasn’t Who He claimed to be?
Here is today’s part of the “Away In A Manger” kit.
Have a blessed, happy, scrappy day!