Jesus is God and Why this matters

Jesus is God and Why this matters

Recap

– We looking at the miracles of Jesus to learn the art of not just being wowed by miracles by encountering the Person of God through miracles

  • We started to look at the signs in John’s Gospel

John’s message: Jesus is the Messiah and also God

John’s treasure hunt Gospel:

    • The Jewish way of learning considered there to be greater value in what you learned through your own discovery than being told by someone else.
    • John uses these 7 signs as a treasure hunt to help his Jewish readers understand who this Jesus is.

A. Jesus is the Messiah

We saw this last week in the story of turning water to wine.

Jesus fulfilled the Messianic Biblical prophecies:

Messianic expectations: The one who would bring great prosperity back to the land.

In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen.  The mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.  (Amos 9:11, 13)

B. Jesus is the Bridegroom

John shows that Jesus is not just the Messiah, but also Jesus is God.

The sign of turning water into wine that Jesus performed illustrated that he was accepting the role of the messianic bridegroom and that, as such, he was assuming the role of Yahweh, the bridegroom of Israel.

This was a whole other set of Biblical prophecies but this time they were not about the Messiah, they were about God.

As a guest, Jesus was not responsible for providing the food and drink for the wedding party.  This would have been the duty of the bridegroom of Cana and his family. 

Mary is also asking him to assume the role of the Jewish bridegroom.  Mary places him in the role of the bridegroom, whose responsibility it is to provide the wine. 

The sign Jesus performed illustrated that he was accepting the role of the Divine bridegroom and that, as such, he was assuming the role of Yahweh, the bridegroom of Israel.

In other words Jesus is revealing Himself as God to those who have eyes to see.

The Jewish expectations were that God himself would provide the wine of the banquet of salvation.  

Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City”
or “The Desolate Land.”
Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”
and “The Bride of God,”
for the Lord delights in you
and will claim you as his bride.

Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem,
just as a young man commits himself to his bride.
Then God will rejoice over you
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls;
they will pray day and night, continually.
Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord.

Wine was the product of the gods. 

Isaiah 62:4-6 

All the gods of antiquity were gods of wine, from Horus of Egypt to Dionysus or Bacchus of ancient Greece and Rome. This Gospel appears to have its origins in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), and there was a strong cult there worshiping Dionysius, the Greek god of wine.

This shows the First Century Greeks that Jesus has power over wine, not the drunken, fornicating Dionysius.

Beer is made by men, wine is made by God.

-Martin Luther

The Revelation that Jesus was God was revolutionary.

Shema Yisrael (or Sh’ma Yisrael; Hebrew: שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל; “Hear, [O] Israel”) are the first two words of a section of the Torah, and is the title, better known as The Shema) of a prayer that serves as a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services.

The Deity of Christ in John’s Gospel

  • The Genesis theme

In the beginning the Word (logos) already existed. The Word (logos) was with God (theos), and the Word (logos) was God (theos).
John 1:1

“Logos” = denotes Jesus as the enfleshed Word of God

“Theos” = spoken of the only and true God

>>> John’s point is that Jesus is the recreator and, therefore, that makes Him God.

John uses the Genesis Creator God motif to show Jesus as the recreator throughout His account:

GENESIS

Days of Separation

GENESIS

Days of Filling

GOSPEL OF JOHN

Days of Revealing

GOSPEL OF JOHN
Days of Unveiling

1. Light/Dark 

4. Sun + moon/stars

1. Water to wine

4.The feeding of the 5,000 in the wilderness

I am the Bread of Life

2. Sky/water

5. Birds/Fish

2. Jesus heals a Roman centurion’s servant

5. Healing of the man born blind

I am the Light of the World

3 Land/Sea

6. Animals/humans

3. The healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda

6. The raising of Lazarus from the dead

I am the Resurrection and the Life

7. God rests (reigns)

7. Jesus is dies, is resurrected and ascends to Heaven

God is Creator therefore God

Jesus is the recreator, therefore God

 

Why is the Deity of Christ important?

Jesus had to be fully human to fulfil His mission redemption mission, and yet He is God. If He had done His mission out of His Divine nature it would have invalidated His mission. That’s what Satan tries to get Jesus to do in the wilderness:

“If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:3-4

Only a human could redeem humankind. A human had to die for the sins of humanity. Only a human could take back the keys of authority that were lost at the Fall. If Jesus conducted His mission out of His ministry it would have nullified His mission because it would have been cheating.

6 Though he was God,

    he did not think of equality with God

    as something to cling to.

7  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;

    he took the humble position of a slave

    and was born as a human being.

When he appeared in human form,

Philippians 2:7

A. Jesus shows us what God is really like

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. 

Hebrews 1:3

  • Jesus is perfect theology.
    • He clears up all misconceptions about God.
    • He clears up all screwy views on the sovereignty of God.

Is God in control or is He in charge?

People that hold to absolute sovereignty believe God is in absolute control. He holds control over all the events of the world. On the positive side tis means because God is in control, God has a purpose for absolutely everything that happens and will work every situation for good.

This line of thinking means that when tragedy happens, God is in control. People explain it by saying things like, “God works in mysterious ways,” or “everything happens for a reason.”

One of the challenges of tis view is that when evil happens this means God is in charge of this too. This creates an unclear picture of God. He blesses and heals and yet He is behind war, child abuse, rape and every other form of evil.  Even the Devil is seen as a puppet of God.

>> Goodness of God is twisted/distorted

Yet if God is in charge but not full control, His will is not always done. eg. God desperately wants all to come to repentance, but not all do.

· Some of his will comes to pass only if we will in it and persevere to see it happen. Some of his will comes to pass only if we partner with Him. 

Those who believe God is in charge but not in control come to a completely different view regarding evil. When we see evil in the world it is the result of people who are influenced by the devil to make bad choices against God’s will. But because God is in charge and they are His ambassadors they believe they have authority to do something about the evil. They can heal people, command storms to stop, raise the dead.

Devil bad: kill, steel, destroy

God good: Brings life

John 10:10

B. Jesus shows us what we are like. We are created in the image of God

Genesis explains to us that were created in the image of God.

John’s Gospel shows us more specifically within the God-head whose image we were created in: Jesus’.

Jesus came to bring the Kingdom of God to the earth.

But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”

Luke 4:43

Because of Philippians 2:7 we know.

Jesus could not heal the sick.

Jesus could not deliver the tormented from demons

Jesus could not raise the dead.

He could of but because of His self-imposed restriction to live as a man He was unable to do so.

When Jesus said, “The Son can do nothing” (John 5:19), the Greek word for nothing (oudeis) has a really interesting meaning… It means NOTHING – just the same as in English.

6 Though he was God,

    he did not think of equality with God

    as something to cling to.

7  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;

    he took the humble position of a slave

    and was born as a human being.

When he appeared in human form,

Philippians 2:7

This means He performed all His miracles as a man in right relationship to God. If He did them as God they are unattainable for me. But if He did them as a man I am responsible to pursue His lifestyle.
Bill Johnson

What were the characteristics of Jesus’ humanity:

What were the characteristics of our (as Christians) humanity:

He had no sin to separate Him from the Father.

>>> He had a perfect Nature

>>> He was sinless.

We were sinners, but have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus.

Our sinful nature has been killed.

>>> We have been given the very perfect nature of Jesus.

>>> We can live free of sin.

He was tempted in every way

>>> He fully resisted temptation

We are temptable

>>> We can fully resist all temptation

He was sent by God

>>> To see the Kingdom of God extend through the earth

>>> Jesus needed the empowering of the Holy Spirit for his mission to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons

We have been sent by Jesus

>>> We are to extend the Kingdom on the earth

>>> We need the empowering of the Holy Spirit (Spirit Baptism) for our mission

Creed of Nicaea

Formulated at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD 

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten (the only one of its kind), not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.

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Matti was born in the UK and lived there until 2001 when he moved with his New Zealand wife, Jodie, to her homeland. He worked in online travel marketing up until 2004, when he attended Bible College to train as a pastor. Following his training he led a Baptist Church in Auckland for a number of years before moving with his family to Redding, California where Matti and Jodie attended the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. They then returned for two years to London, UK where they led a pioneering ministry, ministering in Central London, training and equipping believers to see the Kingdom of God in and through their lives.Over this time they saw God move on the streets of London seeing signs, wonders and miracles and numbers of people saved. In August 2016 he accepted a call to lead New Life Church Kelowna. Matti and his wife Jodie have 3 children, Grace, Olivia and William. He loves the outdoors, socialising and having fun.

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