If Jesus was just a mere prophet, then to which god was He a prophet? Certainly, Jesus cannot even be a prophet to the Judeo-Christian God if he was indeed a mere prophet. This is because Jesus didn’t claim to be a prophet – He claimed to be God. However, the Judeo-Christian God claims that He is the one and only God – Isaiah 44:6, “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.'” The Judeo-Christian God doesn’t leave any room for Jesus to be God or even a god. That is, of course, unless Jesus is that same God, which He very clearly claimed to be, and was the very reason why He was crucified – John 8:58, “Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM;'” and John 10:30, “I and My Father are one.”
During this Easter season, I encourage you to think about God’s claims of Himself and the implications of His claims. If Jesus isn’t the Judeo-Christian God, then don’t you think the Judeo-Christian God would find Jesus fully less than Himself and no prophet at all? If the Judeo-Christian God isn’t God, than isn’t He fully less than His claims and even no god at all for the very same reason? Whether we like it or not, the claims of the Judeo-Christian God, and Jesus – God incarnate – are black and white, cut and dry, either/or. So, although you may not agree that the Judeo-Christian God is indeed God, and that Jesus is indeed that same God, then at the very least you should agree that our decision to be made is clear: the Judeo-Christian God and Jesus are either the Number-1, Grade-A Jackbutts or truly God.
Sidebar: The words of Isaiah, an 8th century BC prophet, that preceed the words of God in Isaiah 44:6 are beautiful and paramount – they are the acknowledgment of the Holy Trinity and God being the same yesterday, today and forever (also see Hebrews 13:8).
*Origin of Discursion: Thinking about Easter, America’s general numbness to its significance, meaning and implications, and Relativism.