Jesus Is Fully God
Jesus Is Fully God
If you examine what Jesus teaches about Himself it becomes clear that Jesus claims to be God. Therefore, true Christianity is a relationship with a real person who claims to be the One real God. What do you think about the following claims?
Jesus claims to be the very image of God. He told His disciples: If you want to know what God looks like, look at me. “He who receives me receives the one who sent me…and He who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me…anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (Matthew 10:39-40; Mark 9:37; John 14:9).
Jesus claims to forgive sins. One day Jesus was teaching in Capernaum and so many people were gathered around the house that there wasn’t even any room left outside the door. Some men came hoping Jesus would heal their paralytic friend. Since the crowd was too big to get their friend to Jesus, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven. Some teachers of the law thought to themselves: “Why is he talking like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Immediately Jesus knew what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them: “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk?’ But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins, I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ Immediately the paralytic man was healed. He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. Completely amazed, everyone began praising God and saying: ‘We’ve never seen anything like this!’(Mark 2:1-12).
Jesus claims that one day He will judge the world. Concerning the end of the world, Jesus says to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (Matthew 25:31-32, 41, 46).
Jesus claims to be the Son of God. Several Jews were having a difficult time with this teaching, so they approached Him and asked: “Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham! “I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58-59).
Jesus claims to be the Messiah. Before Pontius Pilate, the high priest of the Sadduces asked Jesus: “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus replied: “I am” (Mark 14:61-62). Jesus accepted worship from Thomas, who fell at His feet and exclaimed: “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28-29).
If you look at what Jesus teaches about Himself it becomes clear that Jesus claims to be God! Therefore, being a follower of Jesus has nothing to do with religion—it’s a relationship with the One who claims to be the One real and living God.
Who do your say Jesus is? Was He more than just a man, more than just a historical figure, more than just an "enlightened teacher?"
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