Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Recently I gave a little quiz. This was the second multiple choice question: Jesus is...
A. 100% God and 0% man.
B. 0% God and 100% man.
C. 50% God and 50% man.
D. 100% God and 100% man.
This question concerns the two natures in Christ: the divine nature and the human nature.
Jesus is the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary. What does this mean?
People have struggled over this question throughout the history of the Church in various ways.
Almost all people outside of Christianity, and even a few who call themselves Christians would
say that Jesus is 0% God and 100% man (answer B).
In other words, they say that Jesus is a human being and only a human being. He is only fully
It's very likely that we all know people who view Jesus in this way.
They may see something in him that they suppose Him to be a great philosopher or moral
teacher, but they refuse to believe that He is God Himself.
However, this is a false teaching contrary to the clear witness of Scripture.
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God... and the
Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:1, 14)
Jesus Himself said, "Before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58), a clear claim to be God.
For saying such, some of the people desired to stone Jesus for blasphemy. At His trial, they
complained that He claimed to be God.
Yet the Old Testament prophets encouraged the people with God's promised arrival: "The Lord
who you seek will suddenly come to His temple" (Malachi 3:1).
May the peace of Christ dwell in you richly!
Pastor Travis Lauterbach