Is Jesus God or was he nothing more than one of the countless religious leaders, teachers, prophets and wise men that mankind has known? Many people say Jesus was a prophet and an amazing teacher. Others say he was a great example on how we should live. But is that what Jesus Christ himself said? Is that what his apostles said? Is that what God himself says about Jesus Christ?
If Jesus Christ was a great teacher, a true prophet and a good example, then we can trust his words, right? If he is a prophet, then he speaks the truth, otherwise he is no prophet. And if he has set a wonderful example for us, then it means he is trustworthy. Otherwise he would be a bad example. We don’t consider deceivers to be a good example. So everybody agrees that Jesus Christ was an honest person, who did not lie.
Here you find several statements by Jesus Christ, the true prophet, wonderful teacher and amazing example, who can be trusted…
“I and My Father are one.” (John 10:30)
“He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58)
“For just as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.’ (John 5:26)
“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
First of all Jesus said that he and God are ONE, which means they are a perfect unity. There is no division between them, no difference. THEY ARE ONE! That is a clear declaration that he is God, because no human being can say that he and God are ONE.
‘If you have seen Me, then you have seen the Father.’ No human being can ever say this about himself. We know humans are imperfect and, well… human! If anyone would say: ‘If you want to see God, just look at me!’, we would consider that person a lunatic. Yet, that is exactly what Jesus said. So either he was completely insane, or… he meant what he said because it is true.
Thirdly Jesus makes a statement that was extremely shocking for the Hebrews, to whom he said this: ‘Before Abraham was, I AM.’ The words I AM are the very name of God! When God appeared to Moses, in the form of a burning bush in the wilderness, Moses asked God what his name was. God replied: ‘I AM’.
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Fourthly Jesus Christ calls himself the SON of God, who has life in himself, just as the Father in heaven has life in himself. This is again a very powerful statement that he is God, and not just a mere mortal human being like you and me. We don’t have life in ourselves. If something is dead, we can’t bring it back to life, we can’t create life from dead material. Only God can create life.
Fifhtly Jesus Christ said He IS the LIGHT of the world, and those who follow him will have the LIGHT OF LIFE. The light of life is the very substance of life itself. On other occasions Jesus had said that whoever believes in him shall have eternal life. No human being can ever make such incredible claims.
Humans can only say they can point others into the right direction, but Jesus didn’t point to a certain path, he said: I AM THE WAY! Come to ME! That’s why he also said: If anyone is thirsty, come to me and drink. Or: if you believe IN ME, rivers of living water will flow from your innermost being.
If we say that Jesus Christ is a good prophet and teacher, then we must listen to his words. And his words are very clear. Now its up to us to believe him or reject his words, with all the consequences this has for our life.
Jesus Christ selected twelve men to become his ambassadors worldwide. They walked closely with Jesus for the three years of his ministry, heard him teach, listened to his heart, and saw the miracles he performed. They knew him better than anyone else. They ate and slept with him, saw how he wept and laughed, how he prayed and worshiped, how he rebuked religious leaders and embraced sinners. While Jesus often spoke in mysterious parables to the crowds, he revealed the mysteries in secret to them.
From all the apostles, there was one whose friendship with Jesus was especially intimate: the apostle John. He rested his head on the chest of Jesus, which speaks of a deep friendship. He literally heard the heartbeat of Jesus. This is what the apostle John writes about Jesus Christ:
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’ (the gospel of John 1:1, 10, 14)
The apostle John stated clearly that Jesus is God by calling him the Word of God through whom the world was made. In his letters to the early churches, the apostle John confirmed that Jesus is God, by writing:
‘The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life.’ (1 John 1:1)
‘Jesus Christ is the true God and eternal life.’ (1 John 5:20)
Simon Peter was another member of the twelve apostles. When Jesus asked Peter the question: ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter replied with the famous words:
‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ (Matthew 16:16)
The apostle Thomas saw Jesus Christ, after his resurrection. He touched the body and the wounds of Jesus and realized Christ had indeed risen from the dead. Thomas fell on his knees, and said:
“My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” (John 20:24-29)
The apostle Paul had several deep spiritual experiences with Jesus Christ, in which Jesus revealed himself and his message to him. Paul suffered a lot of persecution: he was tortured, beaten and imprisoned several times. But he persevered, because Jesus Christ had become everything to him. This is what the apostle Paul said about Jesus Christ:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of creation. For by Him all things were created…all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)
“Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God.” (Romans 9:5)
“…the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)
“But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.” (Hebrews 1:8)
A typical hallmark for God, is that he is worshipped. A prophet or teacher will never receive worship from men, because only God himself is worthy of our worship. The Bible however mentions how both men and angels worship Jesus Christ:
‘that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.’ (Philippians 2:10)
‘Let all the angels of God worship Him.’ (Hebrews 1:6)
‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’ (Revelation 5:13)
Jesus Christ has many properties that are characteristic for God. Man can’t forgive sins or give eternal life. Jesus can. Man is not the creator, Jesus is. Man can’t know the hidden thoughts of people, but Jesus can. Read the bible verses that say that Jesus does what only God can do.
“But Jesus knew what they were thinking.” (Luke 6:8)
“Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked,“Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?” (Luke 5:22)
“For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.” (John 5:26)
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2)
“Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:48)
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