Why is Jesus God? (3-year-old theology)

Kids are amazing for questions! Of course, there is a resounding “why?” that pops up in every single conversation that we have about anything, but I’ve been struck by how many insightful questions my 3-year-old daughter has asked about God.

So I thought I’d go ahead and try to give an answer for some of these…

“Daddy, why is Jesus God?”

There’s been a whole lot of variations of this question too, but it’s a tricky concept to explain, especially when we read the Bible and see Jesus praying to God. So I guess it depends on how in-depth you are willing to go, and how long your kid’s attention span is. This answer assumes that your kid already has heard that Jesus is God.

My response is something like this:

God wanted to let us know how much he loved us, and he wanted to save us. But the only way we would understand him is if he came as a man. God decided that he would send his son to be born as a baby and grow up into a man. Jesus is God who came to us as a man, so that he could show us how to live, to love God, and he died to save us as well!

There’s obviously a bunch of follow-up questions that can be asked, but I’ll get to them another time.

Here’s a verse for you to think about.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)


Malcolm Purdey is a Christian, husband, father, student minister and science nerd. He completed a PhD in Chemistry and worked as a research scientist before making the jump into ministry in early 2017. He has been married for 5 years and has two daughters aged 3 and 1.

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