HAS JEHOVAH BECOME JESUS?
Although Jesus is and has ever remained the central focus of the Christian faith, His personality which is obviously enshrined in mystery is the reason for the diversities of beliefs and opinions in the faith.
Though perspectives about the person of Jesus may differ from person to person or faith to faith, yet His authoritative position in our lives and creation remains uncontestable. He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE (John 14:6). He is the way because receiving Jesus is the only way to finding the only true God. He is the truth because there is no other truth about God than who Jesus is. He is the life because the totality of life dwells in Him (Jn 1:4)! At Lazarus’ tomb He declared “…I am the resurrection, and the life…” – John 11:25.Obviously, these strong claims could only come from God Almighty; hence the topic: Has Jehovah Become Jesus?
JESUS MEANS JEHOVAH SAVES
JESUS is a Greek word. The Hebrew is YASHUA; and it means Jehovah saves or Yahweh saves, respectively. Before Jesus was born, the following were said about Him: He shall be called Emmanuel which means “God with us” (Matt 1:23). The prophet Isaiah also by prophecy called the ‘wonderful’ child that will be born “The Mighty God” and “The Everlasting Father” (Isa 9:6). When He was eventually born, wise men traveled from a far country to worship Him and called Him “King of the Jews” – This is God’s title (Hosea 13:1-11).At His departure from this physical earth, the “King of The Jews” title was forcefully registered on Him by Pontius Pilate. It was written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin (John 19:19-22) Obviously God was ‘using a donkey to speak’. After His death and resurrection, Thomas called Him “My Lord and my God” and Jesus did not rebuke but rather commended him (John 20:28).When Stephen was being lynched, he prayed directly to Jesus as his God. “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” – Acts 7:59.
We will not be far from the truth to say, Jesus took God’s glory while on earth. He forgave sins of men which happens to be God’s sole responsibility (Luke 5:21). He told Philip “…Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” – John 14:9.Jesus clearly told Philip that He is the Father. Paul the apostle therefore concluded “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh” – 1 Timothy 3:16.The above scriptures clearly show that Jesus is God Almighty who came into this world hidden as the Saviour.Isa 45:15 confirms this: “Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour”.
THE PATTERN AND THE REAL
God gives patterns to follow to avoid errors in our dealings with Him. When He instructed Moses to build Him a tabernacle, He told Moses to build it according to the pattern He showed him on the mountain (Heb 8:5).
The ‘old covenant’ (also known as Old Testament – ‘OT’) is God’s pattern to help us understand the New Testament ‘NT’. Heb 10:1 confirms this: “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect”.‘The law’ in the above means ‘OT’;‘Shadow’ means ‘pattern’. ‘Things to come’ means ‘NT’. The scripture is saying: the crucifixion of Jesus in the ‘NT’ is the ‘new thing’which must come to take care of the ‘yearly sacrifices pattern’ of the OT. Jeremiah 31:31-33 buttresses this. It says: “Behold, the days come…that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel… Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them…out of the land of Egypt…But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; …I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people”.This refers to how God saved His people from Egypt. That is the ‘OT’pattern of salvation which will not just help us understand the salvation in the ‘NT’ but will also answer the question the topic poses: “Has Jehovah become Jesus?”
FOLLOW THE PATTERN
Egypt represented sin in the OT. How did God begin the salvation of His people from sin in the OT?
(1) God came down (manifested through (a) the burning bush (b) Moses’ Rod): “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, …AndI am come down to deliver them…” – Exo 3:7-8. (2) God used a name: “Then the LORD said… Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, …I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham…Isaac, and…Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them” – Exo 6:1-3. These are the pattern in the OT. What about their correspondence in the NT?
(1) God equally came down in the NT. “Behold, a virgin shall …bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” Matt 1:23. (2) God equally used a name “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins”- Matt 1:21.
So as JEHOVAH is in the OT, so is JESUS in the NT. This is the mystery pattern many believers have not looked at. The Great Jehovah became Jesus to obtain human blood to save us. “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” – Heb 2:14. Isa 12:2 cements this. It says “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation”. I will trust and not be afraid to say that the LORD JEHOVAH has become my JESUS! My salvation! Hallelujah! This is a great mystery! “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” – 1 Cor 2:7-8. The hidden wisdom is that, Jehovah (the Lord of glory) became Jesus to be crucified as a Son for our total salvation! Hallelujah!!!