Referring back to Part-1, what do these verses say about Jesus? Not only did His friends notice that He claimed to be God, but so did His enemies as well. There may be some doubt today among the skeptics who refuse to examine the evidence, but there was no doubt among the Jewish authorities when Jesus walked this Earth.
When Jesus asked them why they wanted to stone Him, they replied, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God” (John 10:33, NASB). The religious leaders talked to Him face to face, looked into His eyes, saw His manner and the way He handled Himself. This encounter was a lot more intimate and direct of an exchange than you or I have had; they believed that He believed His claim that He was indeed God incarnate. It scared them to death! So much that they wanted to kill Him; they had no doubt that He meant what He said. Today, people make up all sorts of different excuses, makeup false agendas, and claim they know what He said and why. Ridiculous!
We Christians speak of the duality of Jesus, being fully God and fully Man. These texts tell us about Christ Jesus as being God, about his Godness! Think for a moment what that means…the Godness of Christ…Christ Jesus is God, co-equal, co-eternal one substance in the Trinity. This sets Christians apart from the other religions of the world and we are condemned for our belief in this Truth.
We Christians know of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross; this is very important to Christians for the atonement of sins, but this is the second sacrifice! Let’s look into the first sacrifice by reading Philippians 2:6-11 (NIV):
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on Earth and under the Earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Jesus, becoming man, made Himself nothing and emptied Himself of his Godness! He did not give up being the one substance of God; He added to it, yet it is a sacrifice to accept His duality now of also being “fully man”. Why? He set aside His eternal oneness with the Father. He set aside all the position on the eternal Throne and relationship He had in Eternity. To say Jesus, in the Incarnation, became fully man brings on risk of pain, temptation, and rejection. As the Passover Lamb, this sinless innocent man would now become sin by taking our sins and making them His own. The Father would ultimately forsake him on the cross. Becoming man to save us sinners, wouldn’t you say this was a tremendous sacrifice by Christ? And why would He do it? Christ Jesus sacrificed everything to come into the world to show us. Show us the heavenly realm of Eternity that is indeed a paradise. Show us that there is a 3 in 1 Godhead of the Holy Spirit, a Father and a Son that love us. Show us that if we will only love Jesus and allow Him into our lives, Jesus will take us to his Father, as brothers and sisters with Himself by removing our sins and making us blameless. We can stay in His house forever as joint heirs to the Kingdom of God! The “Incarnation Plan” to bring us back to “The Garden” was put into motion back in Genesis, way before the cross which was the second sacrifice.