A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “My husband can’t understand why Jesus asked God to “take this cup from him” when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane–if he was God– also in the gospel of John – Jesus said the Father is greater than I—my husband is confused about how Jesus claimed to be God because he was always praying to the Father- He cannot understand this and the Jehovah witnesses are trying to sway him to believe that Jesus was just the son of God–How can I help him understand the Trinity?”
Many false teachers, cults and New Religious Movements capitalize on difficult theological concepts. In this case the dual nature of Christ. Jesus was fully God and fully human at the same time. As man, he tired but God does not tire or sleep. As man He hungered but God does not get hungry or eat. Both of these are true about Jesus. As a man he hungered and slept but as God He did neither. As a man He did not want to experience the excruciating pain that He was about to endure and would have preferred to not go through it, but as God knew it was necessary.
When he said that the Father is greater He didn’t say the Father is superior. Here we have a positional statement, not a statement of nature. For example, I could say the president of the United States is greater than I, which is a statement about his position. However, he is not better than me. We are both human, and suffer the pains and joys that go with human nature. These two articles “Should You Believe in the Trinity or Is Jesus Christ God Almighty>” and “Answering JW Objections to the Deity of Christ” can be a very helpful start.
L.L. (Don) Veinot Jr. , President
Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc.