Lent :: Who is this Jesus?

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Colossians 2:9-10

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

This is a powerful statement.  Paul is laying it all out there for the Colossians.  Jesus is not just a good guy, a nice teacher with a shaggy haircut who has somehow achieved divine status through his life.  Greeks had their demigods, but Paul was raising Christ above all that.  He was proclaiming that Christ is not simply a god, he is THE GOD.  There was no need to turn to any of the other gods out there for anything, Christ held all the fullness of the Deity.  He was God.  And to anyone who trusted in Jesus, His Word, His Deity, their trust was set firmly on the foundation of the creator of the entire universe who within Him held ALL power and ALL authority over ALL things.

What an amazing reminder as we are focusing on Christ during Lent.  He wasn’t just a good guy with great teachings and a knack for drawing great crowds.  HE IS GOD.  As he walked on the earth that He spoke into being – HE IS GOD.  When He wrestled with the devil, whom He also created, being tempted to sin just like we all are – HE IS GOD.  When they put nails in his hands and feet and hoisted him into the air – HE IS GOD.  Today seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven – He IS GOD!  The entire fullness of God – the whole thing, every part of it was in Him because He is God!

And more than that.  It gets better!  In Him we are full.  We are complete.  We lack not a thing!  We have been given all that we need, all that we could contain.  Because of Him.  We aren’t hanging onto some false, fake, human-made deity.  We are being filled with God himself – completely!

It hurts to think too hard about it all, I understand.  Just sit and dwell in the fact that Jesus is God.  He is not a good prophet.  He is not a great man.  He is God.  My favorite quote from C.S. Lewis is this:

“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.”

 

 

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