The Man Who Is God: December 17

Advent Guide Cover - 2017

Jesus is God. Jesus is God in human flesh. This truth is blasphemous to Jews and Muslims. It is bewildering to those learning the Bible for the first time. Yet it is and has been a central truth of the Christian faith since the time that Jesus ascended back to heaven. Jesus taught, the apostles explained, and Christians have always believed that He is nothing less than the Son of God, the second Person of the Trinity, who stepped out of heaven and eternity to live among us, and we celebrate his Incarnation at Advent.

READ

  • Matthew 1:20-23; John 1:1-3, 14
  • Watch for the Light, 165-167

REFLECT

  1. How do you explain the unique nature of Jesus, that he is both fully God and fully human at the same time? What explanations have you heard that have helped you understand this mystery?
  2. How does Jesus’ nature make Christianity different from other world religions? Why would Boff state that Jesus being God and man is a “scandal” to Jews and other world religions? (166)
  3. Jesus told Philip, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). What can you learn about the character of God the Father by studying the life and teachings of Jesus?

RESPOND

Spend time in prayer today confessing your faith in this key biblical truth, realizing that unless God’s own Son had come to live like us and die for us, we would have no hope of eternal life or forgiveness of our sins. It may be helpful to re-read some of the Scriptures that affirm this truth and simply pray those verses back to the Lord in faith: Micah 5:2; Matthew 27:54; John 1:1-3, 14; John 10:28-30; John 14:9; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:3-4.

 

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