INVESTIGATING THE DEITY OF JESUS AS THE GREAT I AM
This past week we studied the gospel of John, which provides a further investigation into the deity of Jesus as the great I AM. The author was writing to an audience who believed in Jesus, but needed further confirmation of him as both human and God. His gospel includes details mentioned not a part of the other three, specifically directed towards an audience of primarily Gentile and Hellenistic (Greek) Jewish background, of his humanity and entity as apart of the Trinity.
A good example to the original readers that would further their understanding of Jesus’ deity, would be in the way that he practically loved his twelve main disciples. Jesus was omniscient; having unlimited and complete understanding, and knew of the darkness in two specific disciples; Judas Iscariot and Peter.
In John 13:5 they were preparing for the Feast of the Passover. Jesus, in a sign of humility, casts aside his position of authority and washes the feet of those whom had devoted their lives to journeying alongside him in his ministry while present among the world in the flesh. In John 13:10-11, Jesus reveals his understanding of the one whom would betray him prior to the occurrence taking place, which soon after in 13:26, Judas Iscariot was identified as the transgressor.
As well in 13:38, Jesus foresees Peter’s denial by the signal of a rooster crowing as he rejects claims of association with him.
With full knowledge of the future and insight into the hearts of each man, Jesus intentionally chooses those who would disappoint him in his greatest time of need. Yet, never once did he demonstrate partiality to the specific subjects he addressed, nor projected humiliation upon them or gave treatment in an undignified manner among the presence of others.
This beautiful example of pure love, which does not look to the reciprocation or acknowledgement of others, shows the mighty grandeur of the One whom we serve; both the original reader & hearer, our culture today and the generations of tomorrow.
From this I have personal conviction in how I have shown favouritism to those who share commonalities in interests, personality or even devote themselves to the same God I love. It is easy to be exclusive when others do not recognize our individual value. I am challenged that in situations where I have understanding of another’s weakness or prior negative experiences, to not allow those previous events or conception of someone to taint the perspective of Jesus’ mandate to love one another as he has loved us. With God’s full insight into our brokenness and acceptance of our failures, his mercies remain forever anew to the one who cries to Jesus. His forgiveness is in abundance and his grace is sufficient.
This week, as an application, ask God where you can improve on extending acceptance and limited partiality to those apart of your everyday life. Remember, Jesus willingly washed the feet of his betrayer and we are called to abide in his example of love.