The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him. John 8:29.
Jesus claimed to have a unique relationship with his Father-God. Jesus was from ‘above’; his enemies were from ‘below’. He was never alone: his Father was always with him. Indeed, if his enemies did not acknowledge this special relationship, they would ‘die in their sins’. His followers believed he was truly human, and also fully Divine: both within one person. Read: John 8:12-30. The metaphors Jesus applied to himself were used by the Jews to describe their Law. For example, the law enlightens: Jesus is the light of the world. Those who refuse the light ‘walk in darkness.’
Meditate: Athanasius, a great church father, said that when Jesus became one of us he did not subtract deity but rather added humanity. Jesus wasn’t less than God, but became something in addition to God, a human being. And he lives within you… think about that!
In a prayer, let us respond to this famous statement by C S Lewis: ‘A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.’ (Mere Christianity, New York: Macmillan, 1960/1978, p. 56.).