……I ascend unto my Father,and your Father; and to my God and your God. (John 20:17)
We find a few instances in the New Testament as in John 20:17, where Jesus refers to his Father as ‘my God’. These references are used by Jehovahs Witnesses to try to justify their denial of the divinity of Jesus.
To understand what some may see as a contradiction to the many Scripture references on the Lord’s deity in these instances when He calls His father ‘my God’, it is vitally important we have an elementary understanding of the person of Christ.
In order to take our place and make a full and complete atonement for our sin, He had to completely identify with us by becoming fully human; in the process divesting Himself totally of His Divine glory and power and taking upon Himself the frailty of our human nature, to take the place that we deserved upon the cross.
The steps down that Jesus took are shown in Philippians 2 from verse 7.
He made Himself of no reputation, took the form of a slave and the likeness and appearance of a man. He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus had therefore to be truly man, to become like us in every respect, except sin, in order to make that sacrifice. In the divine purpose nothing else was acceptable.
We see then that as a man, in His perfect human nature He prays to His Father as his God.
God the Father is therefore the God of Christ as man.
The difference in our relationship to God the Father and that of Jesus can be seen in John 20:17. Jesus does not say our Father and our God as our relationship to the Father is not the same as his.
His words recognise the difference between his divine and our human relationship to the Father and intended to distinguish between what God is to Him and to us.
Scripture references showing the divinity of Jesus can be found in the posting of December 28th 2011 on this website.