Jesus is God. Why is that so hard for people to accept?
I’ll admit, understanding the nature of God can be difficult. How can Three be One, and One be Three? What’s the difference between Them? How exactly does the Holy Spirit live in us, and how does He move us? Why didn’t God make another way for our sins to be forgiven, some other way that didn’t include Jesus dying? How can He be eternal? Why does He allow evil?
These are difficult things to understand, and I don’t know that any man can fully explain any of them. But I don’t believe that they are difficult to accept.
Understanding and acceptance are not the same. Sure they relate to each other, and even lead to each other. But one cannot call them equals. We do not need to understand God to accept what He says about Himself. Why is it so hard for people to accept that Jesus is God?
There are a lot of things we do not understand, yet we accept them without reserve. Do we understand how gravity works, what drives it? Do we know why music impacts us so deeply? Why a beautiful sunset makes any difference to us at all? Do you know exactly how your brain is interpreting the words you’re reading right now? How do you know for sure that you even have a brain? If you’ve seen your own brain, how do you know it does all the things that you’re told it does? Who can explain life itself?
This list could probably go on for the rest of your life.
We accept so many things that we don’t understand. We accept so much understanding based on what others tell us is true. Certain truths force themselves upon us in the fact that we live in reality. We accept them as true, or deny reality. Our understanding of a thing does not always accompany acceptance of the thing.
Why is it so hard for people to accept that Jesus is God?
John 1:1 says, speaking of Jesus, “the Word was God.” We accept the Bible as God’s truth, and that God is always true. But some feel that God did not communicate exactly as He should have. So they add in little words to alter the truth of the statement. For those who don’t know what I’m referring to, I’m speaking mostly of the Watchtower here. They are the authority of those who falsely call themselves “Jehovah’s Witnesses”.
It amazes me how people in general can be so blind. This is an example of that. One only needs to read the text here (without added words) to see the point of the entire passage: Jesus is God, and He has come to His own people. Yet they take a few verses and alter them in an effort to take that meaning away.
It’s like taking a picture of a mountain, and writing a caption that says “This is an anthill.” It’s like writing the biography of an 80 year old man and saying “He only lived to be two years old.” It’s like pointing to the moon and calling it a firefly. It’s a foolish and obviously desperately intentional attempt to use Truth to speak against Itself.
But Truth can never speak against itself, for it is always True.
Jesus declared Himself to be God. Jesus is God. We are not called to fully understand that fact. But we are called to accept, embrace, and love it.
To accept, embrace, and love Him.