Jesus is God | Devotion #3: Philippians 2:5-8
Chuck Lindsey | Reach Pastor
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 (NKJV)
If you asked 100 people to tell you “who Jesus is” you might get 100 different answers! But I tend to believe that those 100 answers would fall into just four basic categories. It is just four separate “buckets” if you will. The first bucket would hold every answer that suggested that Jesus was (as the saying goes) a “good teacher.” In other words, He was a religious man, perhaps more religious than others, who taught us about God and His ways. The second bucket would hold every answer given that suggested that Jesus was crazy. Every answer in this bucket would be some form of the idea that Jesus was a lunatic. The thought here is that Jesus was nothing special, but that He (and others) thought He was more than others are. The third bucket would contain all the answers that suggested that Jesus was a fake. These answers would all convey the idea that Jesus knew He was nothing, but pretended to be something to deceive people and lead them astray. The fourth bucket would hold every answer that said that Jesus was indeed who He claimed to be. Jesus was God. He, as God, came to live among us. Every word that came from Him was God speaking. Every work done by Him was God’s work. He truly is the Way, the Truth, and the Life as He said.
C.S. Lewis once wrote regarding the answers people might give to the question “who is Jesus:”
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. … Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.”
Jesus is God. He is not “a god” among other “gods.” He is not a “lesser god.” He is not a “god-like” man who taught us about the true God. There is only one God, and He is that God. He is God, who created all things and brought them into their existence. He is God, and as such, rules over all things and has given you and I life. There was never a moment when He came to be. He has always been. Everything came to be by Him and through His power. He was not created. He created all things.
So, what exactly happened 2,000 years ago? God came down. God came as a baby born to a woman. His name was called Immanuel because it was God now dwelling among us. That baby grew up and eventually took all of our sins upon Himself and died in our place on a cross. God died for us, for our sin. God came, God died, and then God rose from the dead. Jesus is God.