Mighty God

“And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” Hebrews 1:3 (NASB)

One of the mysteries of the gospel is Jesus’ dual identity as God and man. We can’t comprehend it. We try, but it’s difficult to see the man telling parables and falling asleep in a boat as the radiance of God’s glory. 

But Jesus is supposed to be incomprehensible on some level. He isn’t like us. He made us in his image; we did not make him. And, while we might never grasp Jesus’ dual role as mere mortals, we perhaps can find a way to recognize him as simultaneously Mighty God and hungry human.

One of those methods lies in thinking of meekness. We sometimes think of the trait negatively, a synonym, maybe, of doormats. But meekness is no such thing. Meekness is power under control.

Jesus, fully human and fully God, contains both elements. They somehow intermingle without dilution or corruption. Jesus undergoes temptation, but he refuses it as a human (Hebrews 4:14-16). When his disciples fear they will drown, Jesus unleashes his power: He calms the storm with a word (Mark 4:35-41). Jesus shows his disciples that, yes, he is human, but he’s Mighty God, too.

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