Is Jesus God?
Every now and then God makes a direct interaction with humankind by sending a direct representative or ambassador in His Name. In the Bible these interactions are characterized with special annotations; for example, Angels of the Lord appear as human emissaries to Hagar, Abraham, and Balaam (Genesis 16:7, Genesis 22:11, Numbers 22:22). In mystical form, God appears to Moses as the flame of the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:2). Even the Angel Gabriel, who is referred to specifically by name (Luke 1:19) appears to Mary as an Angel of the Lord despite the distinction. The Son of God, although in human form a relative of God, is another example of this interaction — Jesus appears to the world as Son of the Lord, carrying with him all the Authority of Heaven on behalf of God.
What does it mean when considering who the physical person of Jesus of Nazareth was as a classification? It is easy to accept Angels of the Lord as representatives of God Himself and part of the Godhead, marked by the Presence of the Lord. While Jesus of Nazareth presents a unique difference being his human genetics rather than essence of an Angel, he is the complete embodiment of God on Earth. The New Testament makes several references to the prophecies that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled in the Name of God, and of his knowledge of these passed down to his Apostles as teachings. Furthermore it is Roman Catholic teaching that Jesus was both fully man and fully Divine, explicitly clarifying that Jesus and God are one in the same (of the same substance). What makes them the same is defined not as some biochemical similarity, but a mystical one, and perhaps even esoteric.
Consider John 1:1-7:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that was unmade. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whoses name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him all might believe.
From these writings from John the Apostle, we learn that the Word was present at the very beginning of the world. John also makes the relationship between Jesus of Nazareth and the Word and light, all being at the very beginning (see Genesis). John further posits that the world was created by Word, by some type of waves that are commonly associated with sound. There is an exclusivity between the Word, the light, and Jesus of Nazareth — in simple combination with the similarity of language at the beginning of Genesis, it is assumable that Jesus of Nazareth played a role in the creation of the world. Jesus of Nazareth the human being was not born yet; however, the Word was at the creation of the world and the Word is associated with both the Lord and Jesus of Nazareth. The Word, present in Jesus of Nazareth as an incarnation/representative of It, as well as within the Angels of the Lord, is what defines the characteristics of the entities that are involved.
Special significance is given to the death of Jesus of Nazareth due to his role in salvation, his representation of God, and the teachings that he shared with the world. There should be no doubt cast on the circumstances that God can be in more than one place at one time, or that God can inhabit the body of a human being, or that the body of a man that is inhabited by God can perish — God is omnipotent and magnanimous in His ways. In thinking about how the Presence of God affects everything that it plays a role in and needing a distinction, it is the Word that gave Jesus of Nazareth the authority of God. It is the Word that gives the Holy Bible it’s authority, and that is why it is so powerful. The Word of God carries with it the Will of God.