DayBreaks for 11/13/19: Incarnational Revelation
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2009:
There has never been a better “asker” of questions than Jesus! And there has never been a more important question than when he asked, But what about you? Who do you say I am? Matthew 16:15 (NIV) Upon the answer to that question hangs our eternity!
Jesus said He came so that we might see the Father, or to put it in another way, to know what God is like. In The Gospel According to Job, Mike Mason posed a series of questions that are related to the incarnational experiences of Jesus that reveal to us who He is.
“If God alone ‘treads on the waves of the sea’ (Job 9:8), what must we conclude from the fact that Jesus did the same?
“If God is ‘the Maker of the Bear and Orion and Pleiades’ (vs. 9), what could be more fitting than that a brand-new star should be created to announce the birth of His Son?
“If God ‘performs wonders that cannot be fathomed’ and ‘miracles that cannot be numbered’ (vs. 10), then of course this description also fits the ministry of Jesus.
“If it is true of God that ‘when he goes by, I cannot perceive him’ (vs. 11), then it follows that Jesus too would have the power to make himself invisible in a crowd (as He does, for example, in John 8:59).
“If no one can say to God, ‘What are you doing?’ (vs. 12), then in the life of Jesus, too, it would come to pass that ‘no one dared ask him any more questions.’ (Mk. 12:34)
“If ‘God does not restrain his anger’ (vs. 13), then Jesus too might be expected to show anger.
“Finally, if ‘the cohorts of Rahab [the powers of darkness] cower at [God’s] feet’ (vs. 13b), then for Jesus, too, it would happen that ‘whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out.’ (Mk. 3:11)
“What wonderful irony there is in seeing Job set out to describe the immortal and invisible God, and in the process paint a stunningly accurate portrait of the earthly Jesus! Or was it the other way around? That is, did Jesus Christ, having been born into this world, set out deliberately to spend His life painting a visible and tangible portrait of His unseen Father as described in the Old Testament?”
Jesus claimed to be God. He did things only God can do. He deserves not just our love, but our obedience as Almighty God.
PRAYER: For the awesome mystery of God made flesh and living among us, we give You our praise! May we obey Jesus from the heart with the full understanding that He is God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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