Tim Challies writes:
“Who is Jesus?
And why do Christians make such a big deal of him?
Charles Hodge provides a stirring answer in his Systematic Theology.
Why do Christians make such a big deal of Jesus?
All divine names and titles are applied to Him. He is called God, the mighty God, the great God, God over all; Jehovah; Lord; the Lord of lords and the King of kings.
All divine attributes are ascribed to Him. He is declared to be omnipresent, omniscient, almighty, and immutable, the same yesterday, today, and forever.
He is set forth as the creator and upholder and ruler of the universe. All things were created by Him and for Him; and by Him all things consist.
He is the object of worship to all intelligent creatures, even the highest; all the angels (i.e., all creatures between man and God) are commanded to prostrate themselves before Him.
He is the object of all the religious sentiments; of reverence, love, faith, and devotion.
To Him men and angels are responsible for their character and conduct.
He required that men should honour Him as they honoured the Father; that they should exercise the same faith in Him that they do in God.
He declares that He and the Father are one; that those who had seen Him had seen the Father also.
He calls all men unto Him; promises to forgive their sins; to send them the Holy Spirit; to give them rest and peace; to raise them up at the last day; and to give them eternal life.
God is not more, and cannot promise more, or do more than Christ is said to be, to promise, and to do. He has, therefore, been the Christian’s God from the beginning, in all ages and in all places.
*This article originally posted by Tim Challies under the title “God is Not More, Cannot Promise More, or Do More…”