How Did Jesus Demonstrate That He Believed He Was God?

Verse: Mark 3:1-6

Although Jesus made many claims about his authority, how did he demonstrate to others that he believed he was God?

One episode that demonstrated his authority is recorded in Mark 3. According to the Law of Moses, no work could be done on the Sabbath (see Exodus 20:8–11). Jewish tradition dictated that aid could be given to the sick only if the person’s life was in danger, which clearly wasn’t the case here. The Pharisees who witnessed the healing of this man’s shriveled hand on the Sabbath became furious. Not only were they angry that Jesus violated rabbinic tradition, but they also perceived that he claimed both the authority to interpret the Law of Moses and the ability to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17). The religious leaders, who felt threatened by Jesus, reacted by conspiring to kill him. Though tragic, their attitude and actions proved that Jesus’ claims ran counter to the religious establishment.

This devotion is from the NIV Case for Christ Study Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.