I love how clear God’s Word, the Bible, is about the deity of Jesus Christ. Even without considering explicit passages like John 1, the New Testament oozes the divine nature of God the Son. At Felton Bible Church we are currently studying through the Gospel of Luke on Sunday mornings. Today, while working on Luke 8:26-39, I came across this statement in Luke 8:39:
“[Jesus, speaking to the man whom he has just delivered from horrific demon possession] ‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ And he [meaning the man] went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.”
Ha, ha, I love it! Luke is so profoundly subtle. Jesus tells the man to go and declare how much God has done for him. And the man does precisely that…only he declares how much Jesus has done. The point is not lost on us as Luke’s readers. This man wasn’t confused or disobedient. He knew precisely who it was that had freed him from sinful bondage to demonic powers – it was God himself; God in the person and work of Jesus Christ!
Depend on it, Luke’s gospel is a carefully written, methodical, intricately constructed work of art. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this historian par excellence makes no mistake with his choice of words. Luke absolutely means for us, his readers, to arrive at the same conclusion as the man of the Gerasenes: Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, is fully God, and fully man. He was then, is now, and will be for eternity, God clothed with humanity.