“I that speak unto you am He…” (John 4:26)
If Jesus were anything less than fully God and fully man, then His ministry among us would have had little lasting value. Without His divinity, He would simply have been a world-class moral, ethical, and godly prophet and healer. He would have been no more than the best among many inspiring teachers!
When He was born as long prophesied, His identity was explained. The Lord’s angel said, “…The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
As Christians, we realize through personal experience that the Lord Jesus stands – alone. He is mankind’s Savior and our dearest friend. We therefore have the world’s most important news to share!
As you ask for the privilege of sharing heaven’s life-changing “good news,” you can look forward to answered prayer. With full confidence you can explain that mankind’s Creator and Savior were miraculously revealed to us as two – yet one! They have always been exactly the same in holiness and divinity. This is the spiritual meaning behind Jesus’ words “…. I and My Father are One.” (John 10:30)
The profound significance of the Savior’s declaration is twofold. The Bible reveals that the Father and the Son’s essence and eternal purpose have always been identical. It is therefore not surprising that the Holy Spirit’s nature and divine mission also conforms completely with the nature and mission of the Father and the Son. Why? Because our living God is known to Christians as Three persons – in complete spiritual unity, eternally – One!
God’s Son is personally introduced to us in Hebrews 1:8 by God the Father. In that verse, our heavenly Father literally calls Jesus – God! This explains why our Lord said, “…he who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
Across the centuries, many prophets have come and gone, but there is only one Immanuel – which literally means “…God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Ironically, our personal attitude concerning Jesus is actually our same attitude toward God the Father. This was explained when the Lord Jesus openly declared, “He who hates Me hates My Father as well.” (John 15:23) This amazing statement is so important and personally revealing that it deserves our quiet meditation.
By Billie Hanks Jr.