Saturday, February 10
Although Jesus did not come right out and say he was God until it came to the interrogations just hours before the crucifixion, neither did he ever deny that he was God. Instead of making a point blank statement, he provided evidence. He often used I AM to remind people of the encounter that Moses had at the burning bush. It was obvious that Moses was speaking with God. One of the I AMs is recorded by John in John 14:6. “I am the way and I am the truth and I am the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus even modified the Law (Mt.5:21 ff.). “You have heard that it was said . . . but I say to you . . . ” He consistently referred to God as his Father. He applied many O.T. prophecies of the Messiah to himself. In short, as the Jews concluded—he spoke with authority. Jesus being identifies as the ultimate messenger is supported by Heb. 1:1-3. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” What a superb summary of Jesus’ incarnate ministry. It could well be called a creed.
Ultimate messenger, ultimate message, ultimate solution, and ultimate victory.