Jesus Said He is God and Proved It
Jesus must have read these passages many times in Isaiah 42,49,52,53. Not only the Father but the Son said "I AM THAT I AM." Many have experienced a vision of the glorious Christ. Only Jesus is the God-Man. If you are not saved it becomes increasingly more difficult to believe in Jesus so the time is now to give up control of self and place your trust in Jesus! It is quite simple to be saved.
"And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God" (John 20.28). "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last" (Rev. 22.13). "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1.1). "The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not" (John 1.2-5). He was uniquely God the Son! "And the Word was made 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" (John 1.14). Only God can give eternal life. Jesus said, "I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand" (John 10.28). Jesus said of Himself, "As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him" (John 17.2).
John the Baptist said of Jesus, "He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. I am of the earth, and my understanding is limited to the things of earth, but he has come from heaven" (John 3.31). Jesus said, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not. That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I say I am, you will die in your sins" (John 8.23,24). "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8.58).
Jesus said, "When the world hates you, remember it hated me before it hated you. The world would love you if you belonged to it, but you don't. I chose you to come out of the world, and so it hates you" (John 15.18,19). To "come out of the world" is from where one use to belong. Whereas Jesus is "from above." You are "from below." Jesus never had to come out of the world because "he has come from heaven."
Listen to what men who did not believe in God said about Jesus (evidence from non-Christians). Josephus, the greatest Jewish scholar in history, born 37 A.D., in The Antiquities said, "Jesus, who was called the Christ." He spoke of James, Jesus' brother, who was put to death for believing in Jesus as the Son of God.
Some say Jesus did not exist, but that is vacuous, for another first century scholar, Tacitus, wrote in his Annals that this "mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment [claiming Jesus is God and rose from the dead], again broke out not only in Judaea...but even in Rome [and] upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted." This is called enemy attestation. Surely, some of them had known the original disciples who were teaching about the atoning sacrifice of Jesus to save men from their sins and give eternal life.
Luke (A Gentile) Records Jesus as God
"And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed
upon him to hear the word of God" (Luke 5.1). Jesus is the Word of God (John
1.1) as they pressed upon him to hear Him. "And they were astonished at his
doctrine: for his word was with power" (Luke 4.32). "And he [Jesus] said unto
them, The Son of man is lord of the sabbath" (6.5). To say you are lord over a
literal day of the week it is to say you created that day. The Creator is always
greater than the created.
"And when he saw their faith, he [Jesus] said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?" (5.20,21) Jesus says, "But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins..." (v.24). Jesus is the Son of man and the Son of God, God in the flesh. Only God has the power to forgive sins. Jesus is saying He is God, and proving it with miracles and perfect conduct and behavior. He is flawless in all that He does.
Jesus healed a man possessed by a legion of demons. "Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you. And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him" (Luke 8.38,39). Jesus being God healed the man. "Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged HIM to let them enter these. So HE gave them leave" (v.32). The "he" and "him" here is Jesus. "When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before HIM...For HE had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man" (vv.28,29).
What is the common denominator of people being born again? It is when a person gives up and gives in, sorrowfully, to the fact and realization that, "It all ends with Him"; He is the first and the last and shall never be exceeded. He is the programmer. We are the player characters in the program with a free-will made in His image out of His glory to choose, or not to choose, freely to be under God to receive the gift of eternal life.
In Luke 22.70, "Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he [Jesus] said unto them, Ye say that I am." "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you" (Ex. 3.14).
The Gospel of John Reveals Jesus is God
"John pointed him out to the people. He shouted to the crowds, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, `Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before I did'" (John 1.15). Only God existed long before. "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist" (Col. 1.17). "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth" (Psalms 33.6). The Word was the agent of creation.
"No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart; he has told us about him" (John 1.18). Did John lie?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1.1). "And the Word was made 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" (v.14 KJV). "So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father (v.14 NLT). Jesus is the Word, who is God.
Jesus made Himself equal with God: "This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God" (John 5.18). And, "that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him" (v.23). Jesus does not leave us the option to believe in God while ignoring the Son. The Pharisees said they believed in God the Father, but they rejected Jesus, so how can they truly accept the Father if they reject the Son?
Jesus claimed to be God by saying He could give eternal life: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5.24). Jesus said He was God by saying He was the source of life: "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself" (v.26); "yet you refuse to come to me so that I can give you this eternal life" (v.40); and "but you shouldn't be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Son of Man, can give you. For God the Father has sent me for that very purpose" (6.27). Only God can judge sin as Jesus judges: "and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man" (v.27). Who are the witnesses of Jesus being God in chapter five: "John the Baptist" (v.33), "greater witness than John - my teachings and miracles" (v.36), "the Father himself has also testified" (v.37), "you search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me" (v.39), and "do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; it is Moses who accuses you, on whom you set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?" (v.45-47). Moses pointed to Jesus in Gen. 3.15; Num. 21.9, 24.17; Deut. 18.15.
"Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven...And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst" (6.32,35). In order for Jesus to be the bread of life, He must be God. No man can give life unless that man is simultaneously God also; that is, the Son of God was both God and man.
John 8.58 shows us what Jesus believed of Himself: Jesus answered, "The truth is, I existed before Abraham was even born!" or "Truly, truly, before Abraham was, I am." "Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad" (8.56). Observe the holy name of God - I AM in Exodus 3.14: God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" After Jesus said He was God, "Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by" (v.59). According to Lev. 24.16, the law required the religious leaders put Jesus to death if He was falsely claiming to be God. Because they did not believe He was the one Abraham spoke of, they attempted to cast stones upon him. Today, men do the same thing to Jesus. "And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, [and] all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name [of the LORD], shall be put to death" (Lev. 24.16).
I am the bread of life (John 6.34); I am the light of the world (8.12,9.5); I am the gate (10.7); I am the good shepherd (10.11,14); I am the resurrection and the life (11.25); I am the way, the truth and the life (14.6); and I am the true vine (15.1). In every chapter Jesus' deity is revealed.
Why would the religious leaders of Israel, or today throughout the world, wish to put Jesus to death if Jesus was not claiming to be God? He would in fact just be a lunatic, and of no threat whatsoever, needing hospitalization. But because He is a threat to the beliefs of man, men seek His death, for man is too selfish to place himself underneath God Almighty his Creator.
It is true what Jesus said that in the countless days of eternity past "I and the Father are one" (John 10.30). He is not merely a good teacher - He is God. The religious leaders want to kill Jesus because their laws said anyone claiming to be God should die (Lev. 24.16). Nothing could persuade the religious leaders that Jesus' claim was true. John 10.33 reads - They replied, "Not for any good work, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, have made yourself God." When accused of this, Jesus responded by saying, "why do you call it blasphemy when the Holy One who was sent into the world by the Father says, `I am the Son of God'?" "Know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father", Jesus said (John 10.38).
"Jesus told her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?'" (John 11.25,26).
"And Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that beholdeth me beholdeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me may not abide in the darkness" (John 12.44-46). God could only send a man who was sinless, and only God was without sin, so Jesus must be God. God is only the light for no man is a light unto himself. "For I spake not from myself; but the Father that sent me, he hath given me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life eternal: the things therefore which I speak, even as the Father hath said unto me, so I speak" (John 12.49,50). Only Jesus can give eternal life because He is God so Jesus being God came into the world to show absolute humility onto God the Father.
Jesus repeated himself several times in John 14.9-11ff: Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.
"And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, [even] Jesus Christ. I glorified thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which thou hast given me to do. And now, Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was" (John 17.3-5). Jesus is God because He existed before the world began. He was co-equal and one with God the Father. And, the only way to receive eternal life is through the Son of God who was perfectly obedient unto the Father. He could only do this because He is God.
"Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I AM. As soon then as he had said unto them, I AM, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I AM: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:" (John 18.4-6). "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you" (Ex. 3.14). I thought it interesting that Jesus says He is I AM three times in John 18 and so does Ex. 3.14, for Jesus is the 2nd Person of the Godhead co-equal with the Father who is the 1st Person and the Spirit who is the 3rd Person of the Trinity.
Why kill a man who is thought to be the Son of God if this did not imply He is God? "When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify [him], crucify [him]. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify [him]: for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God" (John 19.6-7). Consequently, the Jewish religious leaders and Pilate were on trial before God. And the same is true today for those who reject His only begotten Son. He was called "king of the Jews" (John 19.21), the one prophesied by the Hebrews who would be rejected. The prophets actually prophesied their own people would reject the Messiah. This was easily seen spiritual reality the Holy Spirit revealed, so it was not too difficult a forecast to make.
Of all the miracles, John chose 8 of them to express Jesus being God (John 1.1,2): (1) turned water into wine (2.1-11); (2) healing the official's son (4.46-54); (3) healing the lame man at the Pool of Bethesda (5.1-9); (4) feeding the 5,000 with just a few loaves and fish (6.1-14); (5) walking on the water (6.15-21); (6) restoring sight to the blind man (9.1-41); (7) raising Lazarus from the dead (11.1-44); and, after the Resurrection, (8) giving the disciples an overwhelming catch of fish (21.1-14).
Beyond the 4 Gospels
"Though he was God,
he did not demand and cling to his rights as God" (Phil. 2.6 NLT). The ASV
reads, "who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality
with God a thing to be grasped."
Matching the Sketch of God
The Incarnation - how the Spirit takes on flesh - however mind boggling a concept, is really not that hard to fathom since God is great. The fact that it did occur is not in any doubt. Every attribute of God, says the NT, is found in Jesus Christ:
The OT paints a portrait of God by using such titles and descriptions as Alpha and Omega, Lord, Savior, King, Judge, Light, Rock, Redeemer, Shepherd, Creator, giver of life, forgiver of sin, and speaker with divine authority. It is fascinating to note that in the New Testament each and every one is applied to Jesus.
Jesus also said it all in John 14.7: "If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well." Loose translation: "When you look at the sketch of God from the Old Testament, you will see a likeness of me."
The Way of the Lord
(Spiritual Authority, CFP, pp. 47-48, Watchman Nee)
ďAs regards to the Godhead, the Son and the Father are co-equal; but His being the Lord is rewarded Him by God. The Lord Jesus Christ was made Lord only after He emptied Himself. His deity derives from who He is, for His being God is His inherent nature. His being Lord, though, issues out of what He has done. He was exalted and rewarded by God to be the Lord only after He forsook His glory and maintained the perfect role of obedience. As regards Himself, He is God; as regards reward, He is Lord. His Lordship did not exist originally in the Godhead.
The passage in Philippians 2 is most difficult to explain, for it is most controversial besides being most holy. Let's remove our shoes and stand on holy ground as we review the Scripture. It seems as though at the beginning a council was held within the Godhead. God conceived a plan to create the universe. In that plan the Godhead agreed to have authority represented by the Father. But authority cannot exist alone. God must therefore find obedience in the universe. Two living beings were to be created: angels (spirits) and men (living souls). According to His foreknowledge God foresaw the rebellion of the angels and the fall of men; hence He was unable to establish His authority in angels or in the Adamic race. Consequently, within the Godhead perfect accord was reached that authority would be reached by the obedience of the Son. From this come the distinctive operations of God the Father and God the Son. One day God the Son emptied himself, and being born in the likeness of men. He became the symbol of obedience. Inasmuch as rebellion came from the created beings, so obedience must now be established in the created being. Man sinned and rebelled; therefore the authority of God must be erected on manís obedience. This explains why the Lord came to the world and was made as one of the created menĒ.
-"THERE IS ONE GOD"-
FIRST AND LAST
II Tim 4:1
By free-choice, acknowledge, repent, confess, and forsake are accomplished by the drawing of God when you fulfill the conditions needed. Believe and receive are the point needed to activate the gift of faith and enter into new birth by the grace of God to receive eternal life.
4. FORSAKE: Isaiah 55:7. Sorrow for sin is not enough in itself. We must want to be done with it once and for all.
6. RECEIVE: John 1:11, 12. Christ must be received personally into the heart by faith, if the experience of the New Birth is to be yours.
In John 5.18, Jesus claims to be the Son of God, "thereby making himself equal with God". Because Jesus is God, "Jesus answered them, My Father worketh even until now, and I work" (5.17). And so John 8.28 says "I am [he]," for He is one with the Father of one substance, so how is it possible He could ever do anything of Himself? It is not possible. He was completely selfless, something that is so foreign to the unregenerated man. Col 2:9, "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." Jesus is the 2nd Person of the Godhead. God the Father is the 1st Person of the Godhead, and God the Spirit of both the Father and the Son is the 3rd Person of the Godhead. He so loved the world that He gave His life for the sins of all men that would accept Him, and forgive them forever for all eternity, but not those that would not. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
IT IS A CLEAR CHOICE:
1. ALL MEN HAVE SINNED FROM THE FALL. YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FORGIVEN. YOU HAVE SINNED, AND YOU CAN NOW NOT ENTER HEAVEN.
2. IN ORDER TO BE FORGIVEN, YOU NEED TO ACCEPT THE MOST PERFECT SACRIFICE PUT BEFORE YOU. IT MUST BE SO PERFECT (ACTUALLY SINLESS), IT NEEDS TO DO THE PERFECT WORK OF ALLOWING GOD TO ACCEPT YOU BACK FROM WHAT HE ORIGINALLY INTENDED.
3. JESUS SAID HE WAS GOD AND THAT HE WAS THAT PERFECT SINLESS WORK AND LIFE.
4. IF YOU ACCEPT HIM AS HE TRULY IS, YOU CAN NOW BEGIN A LIFE OF OVERCOMING BECAUSE THUS HAVING TRULY BELIEVED, COMING TO THE CROSS AS A HELPLESS SINNER AND RECEIVING JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR, YOU NOW HAVE HIS LIFE INDWELLING YOUR SPIRIT, WHICH IS, HIS HOLY SPIRIT, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YOUR LIFE GIVING YOU A QUICKENED SPIRIT, A NEW SPIRIT AND A NEW LIFE, PUTTING ON THE NEW MAN AND PUTTING OFF THE OLD.
5. IF YOU REJECT HIM, YOU HAVE NO ACCESS TO AN OVERCOMING LIFE. YOU ARE MERELY WAFFLING IN SELF, APART FROM GOD WITH A DEAD SPIRIT, INSENSITIVE TO THINGS OF GOD. FOR THE SCRIPTURES SAY, "And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit" (1 Cor. 2.13). WITHOUT BELIEVING JESUS, YOU ARE WITHOUT HIS SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND LIFE, AND THUS WITHOUT AN ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND, NOT YET HAVING BEEN BROUGHT INTO HIS FOLD.
6. ANY PERSONAL INTERPRETATION, PERSONAL RELIGION, OR PERSONAL WAY OF LIFE WILL NOT FULFILL THE CONDITION REQUIRED OF YOU TO BE RECEIVED TO HEAVEN. YOU MUST BELIEVE ACCORDING TO JOHN 6.47.
7. SINCE GOD MADE YOU IN HIS IMAGE, TO WALK WITH THOSE MADE IN HIS IMAGE THAT BELIEVE IN HIM, HE INTENDS TO DO JUST THAT WITH THOSE WHO LOVE HIM IN THE NEW CITY (Rev. 22.19).
8. AND THEREFORE, HE WILL NEVER GET RID OF YOUR INTRINSIC VALUE, BECAUSE HE VALUES YOU SO MUCH. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A WAY OUT BY DYING, IT WILL NOT BE A WAY OUT AT ALL, SINCE GOD WILL RESURRECT YOU ONE DAY WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. THE ONLY QUESTION IS TO WHERE - HEAVEN (FOR THE NEW CITY ON THE NEW EARTH IN THE NEW HEAVEN) OR HELL (THE PLACE OF ETERNAL JUDGMENT, PUNISHMENT AND SEPARATION FROM GOD). IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO YOUR CHOICE.
Question: 1st John 3:16 why does
it say God laid down his life for us, if Jesus is not God?
Question: In 2 Peter 1:1 If Jesus is not God then why does it call him God here?
Question: Why did Messiah say he is the alpha and omega?
Question: why did Messiah say before Abraham was I AM?
Question: In Col 1:16 it says all things are created by Messiah and For Messiah, or through Messiah. So did God create Messiah through Messiah?
Question: In Matt 1:23 It says Messiah is called God with us, Emmanuel, so he must be God right?
Question: Why does Jesus say I and my father are one?
Question: How does the fullness of God dwell in Messiah, if God is uncontainable?
Question: Bible says God is the rock, and Paul says Messiah is the rock, how do you address this?
Question: Acts 20:28 Why does it say God's blood was shed.
Question: If Jesus is not God then why is he called God by God, Hebrews 1:8?
Question: You said the only person that is God, is the Father. So, what about the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is called both a He and an it.
Question: Isa 9:6, Says that Messiah will be called God, so he must be God right?
Question: Why did it says Jacob wrestled God?
Question: Okay look the Jews (that is, Jewish Christians) knew he was God, they said he made him self God, answer that one away.
Question: In John 1:1 it says the Word was with God and the Word was God. Verse 14 says the Word became flesh, so how can you say Jesus is not God?
Question: 1st John 5:20, It says Yehoshua is the True God, how can you say he is not?
Question: 1st John 5:7 says there are three that bear witness in heaven, and these three are one. This is 3 in 1, Trinity. So how do you say there is not a Trinity?
Question: Gen 1:26, It says let US make man in OUR image, so who is the us and our?
Question: There is a verse people show me all the time and I do not know how to answer, Rom 9:5, can you please answer this?
Question: Jesus is called Savior, and Isaiah 43:11 says only God is Savior, can you please explain?
Question: God gave His glory to Christ, and God does not share His glory with another, so He is God; I know it is more of a statement then a question, but please answer.
Question: I know you like to use Yehoshua, so if
Yehoshua is not God please explain Heb 13:8. Heb 13:8 Yehoshua the
Messiah the same (Autos) yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Question: Why did Thomas call Jesus his Lord and His God?
Question: 1st Tim 3:16 says God became flesh and dwelled among us, if God became flesh how is Messiah not God?
Question: Titus 2:13 This scripture says Jesus is God, I just want you to explain it. Can you?
Question: Zach 12:10, when was God pierced?
Did you know that Jesus' own brothers could not believe he was God in the flesh, but then later James (one of Jesus' brothers) believed that He was God in the flesh, seeing Him after His resurrection in person. "For even His brothers did not believe in Him" (John 7.5). "Then he appeared to James; then to all the apostles;" (1 Cor. 15.7). But as for me I know that my Redeemer liveth, And at last he will stand up upon the earth: And after my skin, [even] this [body], is destroyed, Then without my flesh shall I see God; (Job 19.25,26). For thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol; Neither wilt thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption (Psalm 16.10). Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew [is as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead (Isaiah 26.19). And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased (Dan. 12.2-4). That time is certainly characteristic of our time as people hustle and bustle about, cars everywhere. "As for you, go your way until the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days, you will rise again to receive the inheritance set aside for you" (Dan. 12.13). Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand (Dan. 12.10). Even the saved!
Did you know Jesus had a body of flesh and bone after His resurrection, but without all the mutilation inflicted upon Him in the scourging and nailing to the cross?
"See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch
Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I
have" (Luke 24.39).
Christ's body is not what many think, a spiritual ethereal body, one that is in likeness of the physical, but was actually a physical body capable of being resurrected that only God could do. Technically speaking we do not know how, but we know IT HAPPENED because of the greatest proof in history speaking to our hearts. Jesus was raised a physical body upward with eyewitness accounts whom men soon afterwards died for, then, and now. Even those who knew Him in the flesh were all martyred for Him and were with Him to observe His resurrection, testifying to His being raised up to the clouds out of sight. Now Jesus is the Spirit (2 Thess. 3.17 "Now the Lord is that Spirit") because now that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, and His life by the Holy Spirit is now our life, eternal life. This eternal fact of redemption and identification is not understood by us, how it could possibly happen (John 3.16), though we sense it intuitively and in our conscience. The evidence is so overwhelming in The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel, we know without a doubt it did happen and gives us comfort now that we are saved. Lee was able to meet with and document interviews with the greatest minds and scholars of our day and compare their vast knowledge and deepest thoughts to compile the evidence for and against IS JESUS GOD? These two books together are perhaps the greatest compilation ever compiled in human history to declare a finding. The answer overwhelmingly is affirmative.
Dan 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, [one] like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [one] like unto the Son of man,
These two verses speak of the return of Christ. Jesus was the Son of man before as well as the Son of God resurrected, and He will return in likeness. - Troy Brooks
Lee Strobel's book, The Case for Christ, pp. 266-267 So what? What difference does this make? There are several obvious implications.
1) If Jesus is the Son of God, his teachings are more than just good ideas from a wise teacher; they are divine insights on which I can confidently build my life.
2) If Jesus sets the standard of morality, I can now have an unwavering foundation for my choices and decisions, rather than basing them on the ever-shifting of expediency and self-centeredness.
3) If Jesus did rise from the dead, he's still alive today and available for me to encounter on a personal basis.
4) If Jesus conquered death, he can open the door to eternal life for me, too.
5) If Jesus has divine power, he has the supernatural ability to guide me and help me and transform me as I follow him.
6) If Jesus personally knows the pain of loss and suffering, he can comfort and encourage me in the midst of the turbulence that he himself warned is inevitable in a world corrupted by sin.
7) If Jesus loves me as he says, he has my best interest at heart. That means I have nothing to lose and everything to gain by committing myself to him and his purposes.
8) If Jesus is who he claims to be (and remember, no leader of any other major religion has ever pretended to be God), as my Creator he rightfully deserves my allegiance, obedience, and worship.