Reflection: Jesus is God. When I was pregnant with my third child, my sister sent me a meme that said: “Having one child makes you a parent. Having two makes you a referee. Having more than two makes you a bouncer!” This has such an element of truth in it. Much of my day is taken up in helping my children manage boundaries around toy ownership, negotiate relationships, soothe hurt feelings and hurt bodies. Along with this, I try to teach them about being wronged, wronging each other, and forgiveness. The only one who can offer forgiveness is the person who has been wronged. I can’t forgive my son for hurting his sister. Only she can offer that forgiveness. This truth is central in teaching my children about Jesus’ divinity. In this passage in the gospels, Jesus offers forgiveness of sins to the paralytic man. Yet, who has the authority to forgive sins? Who is it that ultimately, we sin against? Only God can forgive sin. So I teach my children: Jesus is God. Surprisingly, this is not a difficult truth for them to accept. I will go on to teach them more about Jesus’ divinity (as well as his humanity): that he existed with God the Father before creation (John 1:1-2), that he and the Father are one (John 10:30); that all things were made through him (John 1:3); that he is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15); that he is the exact representation of God (Hebrews 1:3); that he is in very nature God (Philippians 2:6). But for now, what I teach them is that because Jesus is God, he can forgive us when we do what is wrong in his eyes.
Question: Why is it important to you that Jesus is God?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you were before all things, and all things were created through you and for you. Yet you chose to come and live among your people. We praise you for who you are; perfect, blameless, loving, compassionate and kind. Thank you, Lord, for taking my place on the cross, for paying the debt I cannot pay for my sin. In your rising again to life, I know that my sin is truly dealt with forever. At your name Jesus, every knee shall bow, every tongue confesses, that you are Lord, to the glory of God the Father! Amen.