Some people have said that Jesus never existed. However, four well-preserved documents show that they are wrong. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John have written independent accounts with different purposes for their audiences describing the history of Jesus’ life and ministry.
Other people describe Jesus as just a good, well-meaning, human teacher. However, the problem with that idea is that because he claims that he is God, either he is mentally-ill, needing therapy, or he is indeed God. His many amazing miracles and his rising from death to permanent life–all seen by eyewitnesses–have backed up his claim to be God.
Still others (Jehovah’s Witnesses) claim that he is a spirit-being whom God created as less than divine. The Apostle John, in the first chapter of his gospel, refutes this wrong idea by saying that the Word, who later becomes Jesus, is God and is with God (John 1:1) before he has made anything. That is, he has the same substance with the Father and also faces him.
One final group (the Mormons) says that Jesus is God, that the Father is God, and the Holy Spirit is God but that they aren’t one God, the way the Bible says they are. In fact, they say that we can become Gods too by being really good followers of their faith. No, the Bible always makes a clear distinction between our Creator and us as his creations.
Yes, Jesus as the second Person of God is mysteriously one with the Father but is a different Person. In addition, it’s a mystery how he can be both God and human, not half-and-half. However, God’s divine nature is so far beyond my human reasoning as my Creator that I am able to submit my logic to his revealing of himself as my mysterious, yet revealed God.
Now, we understand a little more about the Jesus who wants to lead us on the path he has enabled believers to follow toward resurrection perfection. Join me in following the completely-worthy Jesus!