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Jesus Is God AND Man…and It’s All for Our Good

Jesus Is God AND Man...and It's All for Our Good

I recently posted a Medium story on forgiveness, and a Muslim woman contacted me with some questions. I answered her as thoughtfully as I could. And I thought the answers and questions might make a good blog post. Other people might benefit from reading them.

Unfortunately, the conversation soon dissolved into abuse, with her calling my beliefs absurd.

I’m not entirely surprised. I imagined something like that would happen. Generally, people who contact you with differing beliefs only want to provoke an argument. I thought I would give her the benefit of the doubt, as she seemed to have some genuine questions. It seems that my first impression was correct. She only wanted to start an argument.

It’s a shame that people can’t be more open to opposing viewpoints.

Anyway, here are her original questions and my answers.

From my reading of the Bible and my discussions with Christians, they believe Jesus is God… i wonder how can God die?

Yes, Jesus died for the sins of all the people on earth who ever lived and who ever will live.

Jesus is God. But God didn’t die. Jesus didn’t die. His physical body did, but not his soul/spirit. That never dies. And then, on the third day after his physical body died, he raised it back up again. He has the power over life and death, because he is God.

God is the Creator; He created everything, including angels. If Jesus is God, and he created everything, why shall he need one of his creatures to strengthen him? Is the creature stronger than the Creator?

Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him

No, the creature is not stronger than the Creator. But there are different levels within the creation hierarchy.

In the form of Jesus, we have what’s called in theological circles the hypostatic union; that is, Jesus is both fully God and fully man (human). So, for a time, the Creator BECAME the creation (at least in part)… for us, without losing any of His deity. He’s an all powerful God. He can do whatever he wants, however he wants to.

In that particular passage, what we’re seeing is Jesus’ human side coming out. There are other passages that show Jesus’ human limitations (John 4:6, for example). The God side shows itself in several passages as well (John 11:43 being one example of this).

In this passage, we see God the Son crying out to God the Father. As physical death approaches, his humanness comes to the forefront. And, as Hebrews 2:9 (WEB) tells us: “…We see him who has been made a little lower than the angels, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should taste of death for everyone.”

God had to become human so that the perfect sacrifice could be offered for the salvation of the world, and it was God in the flesh that the angels came to minister to.

And, rather than seeing this as indicating any weakness in God (the weakness is in the human nature, not the divine, anyway), I prefer to see it as a great example and a great encouragement for us as humans. Indeed, Jesus himself says that he is our example (John 13:15).

Life is full of hard choices. Sometimes we have to choose to do things we don’t want to do, especially if we choose to obey God. But God is always there to help us. He either helps us through the gift of the Holy Spirit, which we did not actually receive until after Jesus died, was resurrected, and returned to heaven to be with God. Or he helps us through the supernatural ministering work of the angels, as he did in this passage.

God had to become human so that the perfect sacrifice could be offered for the salvation of the world, and it was God in the flesh that the angels came to minister to.

The Bible is clear on who Jesus is and how he relates to God. Of course, some won’t believe. It’s not up to us to make them believe, but it is up to us to share it.

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