If Jesus is who he said he is why then resist his invitation to follow him in word and deed as your Savior from sin unto eternal life?
Hello all. Hopefully many will see this title and either whole-heartedly agree, view this post because they are curious or vehemently disagree because they were not taught to believe this so therefore it cannot be true. In this section we will state what the Bible states concerning Jesus exclusivity to these claims. As we can see below contemporaries of Jesus wrote about him in documents that can be traced to the first century A.D.
Many Bible writers stated that their record of Jesus life was based on eyewitness testimony.
John 15:27 -And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
John 20: 30-31; 21:24 – Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name… This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.
2 Peter 1:16-18 – For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was born to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this very voice born from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.
Jesus made the following claims. He also allowed and praised others who made these claims of Him. Eyewitnesses also said that God the Father audibly made such claims for Him.
Matthew 3:17 – and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 16:13-17 – Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 17:5 – He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.
Matthew 26:63-66 – But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death
John 4:25-26 – The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
John 9:35-37 – Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.”
John 1:1-3, 14, 17 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth… For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life
John 8:56-59 – Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
John 20:28-31 – Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
So, here is another unique name of God (I AM) that Jesus used to refer to Himself. Again, what mere human would dare speak this way? Did Moses or Elijah or Paul? Such would have been blasphemy. Either Jesus’ claims are true, or all that He claimed to be was false! If true, this is the Good News for all of us.
The Gospel message is straight forward. We humans are imperfect and have broken God’s standard. We don’t always have the best of thoughts. We don’t always love God or others. Given these facts why should a HOLY God accept us in his presence? If you choose not to accept Jesus as your Savior from sin how do you propose to convince the creator God of heaven that you are worthy of eternal life when you die? Can any good that you have done possibly compensate for any evil that you have done? Are you confident that you can become your own savior? Once accepted, the Son of God promises the Holy Spirit of God will come into your being and reside with your spirit. This is called justification. You are saved. What occurs next is sanctification. As God’s Spirit within you gives you a thirst for the Bible and you begin to apply its principles to your life, your mind will think better thoughts and the actions of your body will bless yourself and others. This process takes a lifetime. Yes we still sin but we are immediately convicted and ask for forgiveness and we are granted that forgiveness because the Son of God spilled his blood to atone for all of our evil. Upon our death the Holy Spirit that we invited into our being will bear witness of our justification before the Father. Our spirit which returned to God who gave it then awaits the resurrection that will occur at the Messiah’s return to earth in power and great glory. And we shall forever be with the Lord incapable of evil free from guilt, shame and the consequences of sin.
Jesus said he was the creator and willingly came to earth to offer himself as a sacrifice for us. God sees us according to the intentions in our heart. Jesus as prophesied Savior came to die, rise and make preparation for us to live eternally. He did it. All we have to do is accept it. If you cannot or will not can you really justify another way to be reconciled and acceptable to God? Isn’t a God who created all things and became like us to die as payment for our evil worthy of our worship and praise? God bless all of you and may the Lord of Heaven draw you to his Son our Messiah and Lord. Shalom Joe