Is Jesus fully God?
Reading: John 1:1-18
Additional reading: Isaiah 53:4-6, Ephesians 1:3-14
Blanks: the Word, life, light, believed, children, the Word, God
(3) It was now three hundred years after the resurrection of Jesus.
Now the Roman Government, the Roman Empire had a Christian emperor.
His name was Constantine.
When he was an emperor, he tried to protect Christians from persecutions.
(3) But then he also noticed that a small group of people in his empire was questioning this: Is Jesus fully God?
Some people were saying that Jesus was not fully God like the Father God.
They said Jesus was created.
They said that there was a time when Jesus was not God.
But many people believed that Jesus is fully God.
(3) So, the Emperor Constantine asked church leaders to come together and have some conversations about this and give a unified doctrine about who Jesus is.
The church leaders also had some other issues that they needed to talk about.
So, they got together and discussed about who Jesus is.
Then they made this statement to say what they believed:
(2) They said:
“Jesus is God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made (not created), of one Being with the Father, through whom all things were made.”
What are they saying?
They are saying that Jesus is God from God.
Meaning, Jesus is God.
Just like God the Father has no beginning and no end, Jesus the Son of God has no beginning and no end.
Jesus is not an angel or a creature.
Jesus is not created.
But Jesus is God who created everything.
(3) The Gospel of John also explained that Jesus is God.
Today we read:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
…… It is God the only Son….”
Here the Word means Jesus:
What does it say?
Jesus was God.
Jesus was not created.
Jesus existed before the creation of the world.
In fact he created everything.
He created you and me.
That is Jesus who is God the only Son.
(3) Thomas also realized that Jesus is God.
When Thomas met the resurrected Jesus for the first time, he said: John 20: 28
“My Lord and my God!”
And Jesus accepted his faith statement because it is true.
(3) So, the church has been saying Jesus is fully God and fully human.
Now then some people may ask:
Why did Jesus become a human?
Jesus became a man to show us how God would live if God were a human.
Jesus became a man to help us understand God’s character and God’s love.
Jesus became a man to help us understand how much God is gentle and humble. Jesus became a man to help us become God’s friends.
Jesus became a man to help us live like God.
(3) But then in order to make us like God, he had to make us holy, without sin, because God is like that.
That means, he had to free us from our sins and mistakes and bad habits.
(4) But there was the price that he had to pay to free us.
What was the price?
(3) He had to be punished for our sins.
He had to be punished to free us from our sin and mistakes. (Isaiah 53:4-6)
And that is why Jesus died on the cross.
(3) Then Jesus was able to free us from our sins.
Then Jesus was able to help us truly understand who God is, because now we can come to God through Jesus Christ.
Then in the name of Jesus, we experience God.
In the name of Jesus we become like God. (Ephesians 2:18)
(3) Jesus also gave the Holy Spirit so that the Holy Spirit could help us become like God.
The Holy Spirit helps us worship Jesus.
The Holy Spirit helps us get to know Jesus, because then we will truly understand God.
Then our life will show its results.
So, it is ok to worship Jesus.
It is ok to pray to Jesus.
It is ok to worship God in the name of Jesus.
It is ok to pray to God in the name of Jesus.
Jesus, thank you for becoming a man.
Thank you for explaining to us about what God is like.
Thank you for saving us and making us God’s friends.
Help us to live according to your words, God’s words so that we may become like you.
In Jesus name, we pray.