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  • 2021 Mar 15

Is Jesus Really Who He Said He Was?

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.

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