The Harmony of the Godhead
Many of the topics we have yet to cover in our study will illustrate why a created Jesus is insufficient for our faith. Here, however, it is good to touch on one of the most basic reasons it is difficult to cast Jesus in this light. Throughout scripture, the Godhead or Deity works in concert, and at no time do one or two of the three treat the remaining third like a newcomer, or an outsider.
I have always loved old westerns. As you are probably aware, any good western must have good guys and bad guys, along with a moral cause which hangs in the balance. The good guys usually come together in response to a great evil that has been perpetrated by the bad guys. Inevitably, one of the good guys will display questionable character or motives and will keep the rest of the group on edge. This leads to distrust and an occasional fist fight around the campfire. Sometimes a good guy who feels underappreciated will turn traitor and fall in with the enemy, leading to his unfortunate demise when justice is won.
There is no western drama between the Father, Son and Spirit. Even the painful forsaking of the Son by the Father on the cross is followed by the words, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46). The Almighty “Us” collaborated as full partners in the creation story, and when the Son was baptized the Father praised Him as the Spirit descended (Matthew 3:16).
Jesus’ journey to the cross provided many opportunities for Him to be a renegade or lash out at His treatment. In some ways, the fact He had the freedom to run the other way adds to the argument against Him being a created being. If God was creating a son for a mission to free the entire human race from sin and damnation, why would He give him the freedom to choose? Animal sacrifices in the Old Testament had no choice in the matter. Instead, we find Jesus on the ground in the Garden of Gethsemane, crying tears of sweat and blood. He pleads with the Father to release Him from His cup of suffering, but concludes, “may your will be done” (Matthew 26:42).
James tells us the Father “does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17). Neither does the Son, or the Spirit. The Son’s eternal nature and longstanding relationship with the other members of the Deity is self-evident in His words and behavior. When we read about their interaction in the Bible it is hard to believe there was ever a time they were not working as One.