Was Jesus human and God?
The first 4 words in the Old Testament are, “In the beginning God…”
The Gospel of John begins with, ‘In the beginning was the Word…”
Jesus the Center of the Universe
“You are the center of my universe,” declared a loved one.
Jesus is the center of the universe!
- Jesus Christ, the human being, was born about 2000 years ago.
- Jesus the Word, who is God, existed before time and before the beginning of creation. God spoke creation into being.
Through Jesus, everything was created in the heavenly realms and on earth. He created everything and everyone in the universe; everything that is visible and that is not.
He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Colossians 1:15 (NLT)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2 ESV)
Jesus Human and God
John clearly explained that Jesus wasn’t a demi-god that was half-man and half-god. Jesus was fully divine and fully human; he was human and God.
For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. (Colossians 2:9 NLT)
This was difficult for the Jews and Greeks to understand.
To the Jews the Word meant:
- The One who created the universe through speaking the Word (Psalm 33:6).
- The Word was associated with messages from the prophets of God (Hosea 4:1).
- The Word was the standard of God’s holiness. It was the Law of God. (Psalm 119:11).
- The Word was another way to express God.
To the Greeks the Word meant:
- It was thoughts that were still lingering in your mind.
- It was the philosophies and values that guided and governed the world.
For the Jews, it was blasphemous to say that Jesus, the man was also God.
For the Greeks, it was unthinkable that the Word could become a man (John 1:14).
John the beloved disciple understood that Jesus Christ
- Was the long-awaited Messiah
- Was the Word
- Was God.
He had the revelation and understanding that the Word was the Good News of Jesus Christ.