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Is Jesus Really Who He Said He Was?

 

March 15

 

Read John 10:30-33 (ESV)

“I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

Reflect

Do you believe it is reasonable to conclude that Jesus is God?

 

The Biblical evidence is clear that Jesus claimed to be God. In today’s passage, He said He is one with God the Father. Prior to this scene, in John 8:58 Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” Jesus was referencing God’s words from the burning bush to Moses in Exodus 3:14-15. God had told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” Then, introduced Himself to Moses as, “The LORD [Yahweh], the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob…” When Jesus also said, “I Am”, He was identifying Himself as one with Yahweh. The use of this name shows that He is claiming to be divine and eternal. In fact, the Jews wanted to stone Jesus for blasphemy because they recognized right away that by claiming unity with the Father, claiming to be present before Abraham, and using the name “I Am”, He was clearly claiming to be God.

 

But is it reasonable to believe that Jesus is who He said He was? Yes. Jesus didn’t just say He was God, but He demonstrated it as well. He performed numerous miracles in the presence of large crowds to support His claims. The ultimate miracle being His resurrection, of course. Only God could raise Himself from the dead!

 

Jesus’ disciples spent three years walking very closely with Jesus. Who did they believe that Jesus was? After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, the disciples continued to proclaim that Jesus was the Son of God, there at the time of creation, that He judges and forgives sin, and that He died but was raised to life. Again, only God could be and do all of the things the disciples claimed that Jesus was and did.

 

The clencher is that the disciples were willing to die defending this claim. If Jesus were not truly God and if the resurrection was a lie, it would be far-fetched to believe that even one disciple would be willing to die for something he knew to be a hoax. And yet, tradition holds that all 12 disciples were persecuted for their unwavering proclamation of Jesus as Lord. What’s more, 11 of the disciples were martyred for preaching that Jesus is the resurrected God. They would not recant. Why would that many people be willing to suffer so intensely for something they knew to be a lie? It’s incredibly unreasonable, especially given the gruesome punishments and deaths that they endured.

 

This is not a comprehensive list of the evidence that we have pointing to Jesus’ deity. But given the evidence that we have discussed, it is reasonable to believe that Jesus is God just as He claimed to be. Friends, we can have confidence when we say that Jesus is God.

 

Pray

Jesus, I believe that You are God. I believe that You are one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. You could have asked us to just take You at Your Word and yet, You provided us with plenty of evidence to help our doubting hearts. Thank You. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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a year ago
Lord, I believe!
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a year ago
No matter how many time Jesus Stated that he was not the Father but the son of the father people still believe that he was God, Even when he was in The Garden of Gethsemane to which he was praying to the Father and then on the cross Jesus say: Father forgive them for they not what they do. Therefore after all of this more and more people place the son either being God or above the Father. The very first of the 10 commandments states: place no other God before me. Yet it’s this exact what we have done. When we know by Christ own actions that he was the son of the father but not the father.
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a year ago ( updated a year ago )
Thank you Jesus for saving me, to proclaim you as my personal Savior,
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a year ago
Dear Lord, I have and always will believe that your are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I believe your are one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for being in my life for 85 years. Your Word is truth.
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a year ago
God Bless You!
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a year ago ( updated a year ago )
Heavenly Father there is and never will be nothing Better than You Lord. As it is written many try to deny Your Truth, Word but it never will change the Truth Your The Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, The Father, Son, Holly Spirit as "One"! I have never doubted nor Father will I ever who You say You are because every word You spoke remains forever Truth!
Father those who doubt do from fear forgetting that fear is never welcomed here for You already overcame This World. No one man but You Jesus was is sinless, Perfect, The True Healers, Redeemer, Restorer of all thing passed, present, and yet to come. Father You I Am, I Am Who I Am Amen! I will Rise each new day as You lift me up into Your Amazing Grace and I will Praise and Glorify Your name. As You said Father we are to die for our "Friends". I know You are alive within us. Lord I will Praise You until the day You call me"Home" I will bow before you Glorifying Your Only Holly Name. In Jesus name Amen.

John 15:26 Jesus says of the Holy Spirit: "But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me."
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a year ago
Praise the Lord!!! Though I am persecuted for Believing in You, and for preaching the Gospel, I strive to count my earthly circumstances as Joys, as the Apostle Paul did. Sometimes it is difficult, yet I know that You were persecuted and tortured for us, your Beloved's. You ransomed yourself to give us Eternal Life. I remind myself that this life is only temporary and this will only last but a brief time and I am Blessed to Know, Love, and Serve You. We await your return, Lord.
Amen
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