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Naming our kids was an experience. When JoLynn was pregnant with our second daughter Amanda, we got a piece of mail addressed to Jo L. Cooley. Joelle, I thought, what a terrific name! JoLynn liked Amanda better. And the winner is…
 
Joelle got second place. Middle name. So, I still use it sometimes.
 
Joelle, Amanda, they are good normal names. But, Mighty God—what kind of name is that?
 
 Isa 9:6 (NIV 2011)For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
 
Are Christians taking this too literal to think that this child, Jesus, was and is God? How could God be both the Father and the Son? Could this be a typo? An exaggeration? Something the Messiah was called, but not necessarily what he is or was? Are we missing something?
 
Some think that we have it wrong, that Scriptures do not teach, and Jesus never claimed to be God. But, the people living with him thought differently. At one point they try to kill Jesus saying,  John 10:33(NIV2011)“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” 
 
C.S. Lewis probably put it best in these famous words: “You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
 
So, if we understand the Bible correctly, and I think we do, we are then left with three choices. Jesus was a fool, a crazy man needing a straitjacket, or a demon trying to get us to worship a false god, or he was and is God.
 
And if he is God, what does that mean for us?
 
It means, “God’s answer to everything that has ever terrorized us, is a child.” (Ray Ortlund)
 
This week we will spend most of our Sunday in Hebrews 1. Give it a read if you have the time, I’ll put it below. 
 
See you Sunday!
 
Dan
 
 Heb 1:1 (NIV2011)  In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,  2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.   4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. 
 
  5For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? 
       6And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” 
       7In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.”  8But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.  9You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” 
      10He also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 11They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. 12You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” 
      13To which of the angels did God ever say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?   14Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?