The Logos, the Word, the son of God in the form of a man walking among us. If God is truly the all-powerful, eternal, being that is talked about in the Bible, manifested as a man, He must have turned heads. He must have still carried a sacred power and authority that was recognizable. God in His weakest and lowest state of existence still carries more power and authority than all of mankind. Because though He is a man, He is still God. Though He has lowered Himself and become a man, He still walks with the power of God. Fully man and fully God. What would we have seen in Him? What would we have identified as we heard Him teach? Heal? Walk on Water? Raise Lazarus from the dead? Would we notice that He is uniquely more? Just in how He walks and talks, is there a sense of His divine nature? Does the soul of man recognize when the presence of God is walking by? It would certainly appear to be the case according to John.
In John 1, the chapter is designed to get our focus and attention on God. To let us know that we are not just talking about a great teacher, who was also able to swing some amazing miracles and foretell what would happen in the future. In His first several encounters people can’t help but to notice Him as something more, something greater.
Isaiah foretold that He would be recognized and given titles. Isaiah 9:6b, “And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Paul noticed Him as the full deity of God in the form of a body. Colossians 2:8-10, 8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
The author of Hebrews says it this way: Hebrews 1:3, “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.”
Though fully-human, Jesus carries a far greater authority that is readily recognizable. As He begins to encounter people in the first chapter of John, they can’t help but give Him titles and stand in awe of Him. We see seven titles attributed to Jesus in this chapter: Lamb of God, Son of God, Rabbi (teacher), Messiah (Christ), The son of Man (comes from Daniel’s prophetic dream in Babylon), King of Israel, and Jesus of Nazareth. John is continuing with this theme that God is simply greater than we can understand. As people encounter Him, they can’t seem to help but make these bold claims about His identity. Has there ever been a human to receive these types of titles from first impressions?
God’s authority is so far beyond us that even when He lowered Himself to the point of becoming man, we still could not understand or grasp Him. The power of Jesus is put on display in the book of John, but He has not yet demonstrated that power, He has not yet openly taught, or done any signs to suggest His identity. Yet, there is recognition that He is more.
Sometimes we hear people say that Jesus was a good person, a great teacher, and even a prophet. Most often these comments don’t come from believers. Yet believers are also guilty of the same sin; lowering Jesus’ life, ministry, and identity to fitting into a box that they can understand. I assure you; He cannot be understood. He does not fit in your box. He is more! Our response should be to spend time considering His eternal attributes and to praise Him on bended knee!
Take the next few minutes to acknowledge God:
- Ask the Lord to help you see where you have put Him in a box. Seek repentance.
- Worship and praise Him for being the all-powerful God, the creator of all things, who came to His own creation.