The deity of Jesus has long been a subject of debate. Whether he is God, a prophet, or an extraordinary man, we all now can do our own research with the help of internet and come to the right conclusion. To me, it is final: Jesus Christ is God. And because he is divine, he has all the power to manifest himself into anything he wanted. The history tells us that God has incarnated himself in a man – and his name is Jesus. That’s why Christians believe that Jesus is not only 100% God, but also 100% man.
I have written about the similar topic in the past, such as 7 Reasons to Believe in Jesus, Happy Ascension Day of Jesus Christ!, The Attributes of Jesus in the Bible, and some other articles that are pretty long to read. This time I’m going to share the brief one with a hope that you would have time to read it. Feel free to give comments, feedback, or even rebuttal later, if you like. So, let me start here.
These days this Bible verse has reminded me over and over again:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
I believe it’s not a coincidence that the above verse has existed in the Bible. So now, what is the connection of that verse with the deity of Jesus? Or the more straightforward question is perhaps, “Why is Jesus the same yesterday, today, and forever?” and to me the simple answer would be, “Because it is the sign of his deity.” Let me explain shortly.
We all know that everything in nature undergoes a change. You may have heard a saying, “Just like seasons, people change.” So, is it counter-intuitive to believe that only Jesus does not change while all else changes? Well, the answer is (again) simple. If you are already perfect, you won’t need to change. The fact that we all change reveals our imperfectness. In other words, since we are all imperfect, we need to change – we need to (learn to) be a better person each day. And that is not a bad news because that means we are all in the journey of transformation to be the better version of ourselves. It’s exactly what Paul the Apostle says, showing the contrast nature between humans (imperfect, flawed, need for change) and God (perfect, flawless, no need for change):
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV)
I hope you see it clearly now. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever because he is perfect already. He doesn’t need to change. He just “can’t” be better. He has already had all the power, all the knowledge, and all the presence. Why? Because he is God.
We humans do change, but Jesus God doesn’t.
Now, the question is not whether or not Jesus is God, but whether or not we believe in him.
A reflection on Monday night,
Vancouver, January 14, 2019