Jesus: Mighty God
Topic: Advent Passage: Isaiah 9:6–9:7, Isaiah 7:14, Zechariah 3:14–3:17, Luke 5:17–5:26, 1 Corinthians 15:20–15:26, Revelation 21:1–21:5
Jesus is absolutely unique. There never has been, there isn’t now, and there never will be anyone like Jesus. He is one of a kind. Immanuel – God with us. The Incarnated one – the uncreated Creator created as part of the creation! A mystery and wonder worthy of our greatest concentration and study.
For the next few weeks we’re going to explore different functions of the Incarnated Christ as listed prophetically by Isaiah in chapter 9:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
ISAIAH 9:6-7 (ESV)
Jesus is called and will function as a “mighty God” - (El-Gibbor). Both words, El and Gibbor have connotations of a strong warrior. Jesus will function as mighty God – the warrior who defeats our enemies for us. The One who rescues and redeems us! The enemies that we face are quite simply too strong for us – we need God to fight for us. The messiah promised is man – the child is born – and is God – the Son is Given. Because our enemies are too much for us God comes as man to do for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves. To fight, and defeat the enemies that we could never hope to escape from! The promised of the coming of the Messiah throughout the Old Testament resound with the mystery of the divinity of the Messiah.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
ISAIAH 7:14 (ESV)
Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
ZEPHANIAH 3:14-17 (ESV)
Let’s look at one instance in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus functions as Mighty God on our behalf:
On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”
LUKE 5:17-26 (ESV)
Jesus came to strip and defeat the power of sin – He came to forgive what only God could forgive. As I love to say, “The Best is Yet to Come!” because Jesus was only getting started in His first Advent. The birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus is simply the beginning of Jesus putting down all of God’s – and our – enemies. Look how the Apostle Paul unpacks this in 1 Corinthians 15:
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:20-26 (ESV)
Jesus is coming again as the Mighty God – the hero God who will renew and remake all of creation. We celebrate the first advent of Jesus in hopeful expectation of His second advent! Revelation 21 gives us a beautiful glimpse of the glory of the Mighty God Jesus: