Thursday, April 3, 2014

Why?- Part 1

We began a new WNW series for the month of April this week called "Why?"  We opened with a worship set that included "Happy Day" (Tim Hughes), "Scandal of Grace" (Hillsong United), and "Beautiful Picture" (The Rose Factor).  

The question "why?" is the most often asked question daily.  Sometimes we get an answer that we like but most often we do not.  Then sometimes there are no answers to the "why?" questions in life.  I googled just the word "why" and let autocorrect show what I assume have been the most common "why" questions asked recently.  The results were:  why is the sky blue?, why was flappy bird deleted?, why not lease it?, and why do we yawn?  As we are in the Easter season there are questions of "Why?" that we need to answer about Jesus.  We know that Jesus' crucifixion is foolish to those to are not believers and is the life-saving truth that Christians depend on (1 Corinthians 1:18).  Most Christians can explain this, but can we explain more in depth-details such as why Jesus had to embody full deity and full humanity in order to qualify for proper atonement for our sins.  In other words, why must Jesus have been fully God and fully human in order to qualify to sacrificially die on the cross to make up for our sins?  While we cannot fully understand who Jesus is, it does not excuse us from seeking Him out in the Scriptures to understand Him as much as we possibly can.  When we do begin to see the truth of who Jesus is in the Bible, then our result is worship.

So this first week we looked at the question "Why did Jesus have to be fully God?"  Jesus is the only person or thing every to be two completely different things at the same time.  He was fully God and at the same time fully human.  He was not part each.  So how do we know that He is fully God?  Well we know that Jesus claimed deity.  We read one example of this in John 5:17-18.  CS Lewis said that Jesus' claims to be God made Him one of the three- either liar, lunatic, or Lord.  As we are about to see that He is God, we can trust that everything Jesus said is true.

Here are three ways that we looked to Scripture to see that Jesus is God
1)  Divine titles used to describe Jesus as God.
In Luke 2:11 the angel announces that Jesus is Lord.  Jesus is referred to as "the Lord Jesus Christ" in over 80 New Testament passages including Romans 5:1.
2)  Jesus has the same attributes of God. 
An attribute is a characteristic.  I read off the following list that Scripture points to as attributes of both God the Father and Jesus:  eternal, faithful, good, gracious, great, holy, immutable (unchanging), incomprehensible, life, light, love, merciful, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, righteous and just, self-existen, self-sufficient, sovereign, spirit, true, wise.  We specifically looked at the reference for Him being eternal in Psalm 90:2 and John 1:1-2.
3)  Jesus does things that only God can do
This list includes He created all things (John 1:1-3), He sustains all things He created, He raises the dead, He saves, He forgives sin, He performs miracles, and He judges.

There is one more thing about Jesus that proves that He is completely God and it is that He is sinless.  We read in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that He is sinless but took on the sin of the world in order to save us.

So now that we see that Jesus is fully God, then we must answer the question why did He have to be?  He had to be God (and sinless) in order for His death to provide salvation because one sinful man dying for another would not meet God's righteous requirements.  If He had only been a man, then He would have just been a good man who died.  Since He is fully God and fully man, He is able to be a mediator between God and man.

So what should our response be?  Our response should be worship as we realize that Jesus gave up Heaven for earth to save us.  Only He can save us and not ourselves.  When we start to see this for all that it really is, our response should be to love Him and worship Him more.

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