I got into a really cool conversation with a coworker last week about Jesus being God. I believe he was; she believes he wasn’t. And as we talked and dialogued, I began to wonder something:
What difference does it make really, for all practical purposes, whether or not Jesus was God?
At one point in the conversation, I said, “So you and I both believe Jesus came to earth, that he was sinless, that he died for our sins, that he was buried and rose again three days later, and that he ascended to heaven.” She said yes.
Then why does it matter whether or not Jesus was God?
At one point, my coworker asked me to explain the Trinity to her – and specifically how Jesus could be his own Father and sit at his own right hand in Heaven.
Talk about stuttering like Porky Pig trying to find an answer to that one.
I told her I believe Jesus was God because the earliest Christians decided that was correct doctrine and has been for 1,900 and some years ever since in the Protestant and Catholic traditions. That over that time, there had been many attempts to explain the Trinity, but mostly we just chalked it up to mystery.
Which isn’t a bad thing.
But the question still lingers: so what if Jesus was God? Does that make me live any differently or any better if that is true than if it isn’t? How does that affect me? How does it affect how I treat those around me? How does it affect anything?
I have a few fledgling ideas of how to answer those questions, but I want to hear from you.
Jesus is God. So what?