Prayer to the Divine Jesus
by Dr Stephen Spence
- First an overview of the doctrine of Jesus’ divinity; then a prayer informed by the doctrine of Jesus’ divinity.
The Bible identifies God uniquely as Creator of “all things” and, therefore, as Ruler of “all things.” There is an absolute line of division between God and “all things.” This is why only God can be worshipped.
Surprisingly, then, the New Testament (NT) – reflecting the early church’s experience of Jesus – identifies Jesus on the God-side of that uncrossable line!
Humans, spirits, and angels, are all on the created side of the line; but not Jesus. Jesus is Creator of “all things,” he is Ruler of “all things,” and, therefore, he is worshipped.
Yet this shared identity of the Father and the Son never led the early Christians or the historical Church to the belief that there were two gods. There is only one God, with one story (i.e., with one identity), who is revealed as Father by the Son.
On the basis of this shared identity of God, the NT concludes that Jesus is the ultimate and the unique revealer of God. Jesus is not merely one who teaches us about God. Jesus is the one who reveals God to us. To know Jesus is to know God.
Prayer to the Divine Jesus.
My God Jesus,
in you we have met our Maker and our Lord so we need search for meaning and truth nowhere else.
In you we have found the One who called us by name, our search is over, we have found our God. In you is the life that is the light for all people.
We were formed by you and for you.
We thank you that even in your glory – far beyond our world or our understanding – you loved us enough to become Immanuel, God with us. And not just for a moment; you remain Immanuel, the One who will never leave us nor forsake us.
We are humbled by the demonstration of your grace for you were prepared to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Thank you for the cross.
Thank you for you willingness to be both our High Priest and our perfect sacrifice.
Guide us. Form us.
Lord Jesus, we hear your call and we obey.