An Old Testament Declaration of the Deity of Christ

Jesus is God. This is a central doctrine of true Christianity. Any religion that lowers Jesus to a position below that of divinity—true, first-level, God the Creator divinity—actually denies the faith entirely. To see Jesus as a demigod, as a second-level deity, as a created being is to see Jesus differently than does Scripture. While Jesus and the Father are not the same person, Jesus, with the Father and Holy Spirit, are one God.

 

Because the deity of Christ is so central to our understanding of the faith, it is heart-warming to run across passages that you may not have noticed in the past where the deity of Christ is expressed. It is especially joyful to find a passage in the Old Testament that rings out clearly that the Savior is God.

 

With that in mind, consider this portion of a psalm, a text written centuries before Jesus’ incarnation:

 

Psalm 107:23-30

 

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,

doing business on the great waters;

24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,

his wondrous works in the deep.

25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,

which lifted up the waves of the sea.

26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;

their courage melted away in their evil plight;

27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men

and were at their wits’ end.

28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

29 He made the storm be still,

and the waves of the sea were hushed.

30 Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,

and he brought them to their desired haven.

 

How familiar is that story to a New Testament Christian? Remember, however, that this is a poem written centuries before the time of Jesus on earth. The psalmist imagined the work of God in saving desperate men on the sea. But the story rings in our New testament ears of something that quite literally happened. We remember Jesus, asleep in the boat while the storm tossed it about, awakened by his disciples and calming the sea.

 

Look specifically at verse 28. Upon whom did the desperate men cry? They cried to the Lord. The spelling in our text tells us that they did not cry to simply an authority, but to the God of the Bible, to Yahweh, to the I Am. In the New Testament, the disciples cried, not to a general expression of divinity, but personally to Jesus. And Jesus, the Lord, calmed the sea. Thus, we see a clear proclamation, from centuries earlier, fulfilled in Jesus, that Jesus is God.

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