Article by Paul E Little
It is impossible for us to know conclusively
whether God exists and what he is like unless he takes the initiative and reveals himself.
We must scan the horizon of history to see if there is any clue to God’s revelation. There is one clear clue. In an
obscure village in Palestine, 2,000 years ago, a
Child was born in a stable. Today the entire
world is still celebrating the birth of Jesus, and
for good reason.
Is Jesus God? Did Jesus ever claim to beGod?
We’re told that “the common people heard him
gladly.” And, “He taught as One who had authority, and not as their teachers of the
Law.” 1 It soon became apparent, however, that he was
making shocking and startling statements about himself. He began to identify himself as far
more than a remarkable teacher or prophet.
He began to say clearly that he was God. He made his identity the focal point of his teaching. The all-important question he put to those who followed him was, “Who do you say I am?” When Peter answered and said, “You are
the Christ, the Son of the living God,”«2 Jesus was not shocked, nor did he rebuke Peter. On
the contrary, he commended him!
Jesus frequently referred to “My Father,” and his hearers got the full impact of his words.We are told, “The Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father,
making himself equal with God.”«3
On another occasion he said, “I and My Father are One.”Immediately the religious authorities wanted to stone him. He asked them which of his good works caused them to want to kill
him. They replied, “We are not stoning you for any of these but for blasphemy, because you, a
mere man, claim to be God.”«4
Is Jesus God? Look at His life.
When a paralyzed man was let down through the roof wanting to be healed by him, Jesus
said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” The religious leaders immediately reacted. “Why
does this fellow talk like that? He’s
blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
When Jesus was on trial for his life, the high priest put the question to him directly: “Are
you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of
Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we
need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy.”«5 So close was Jesus’ connection with God that
he equated a person’s attitude to himself with the person’s attitude toward God. Thus, to know him was to know God.«6 To see him was to see God.«7 To believe in him was to believe in God.«8 To receive him was to receive God.«9
To hate him was to hate God.«10 And to honor him was to honor God.«11
«6»Jn 8:19 ;14:7
“Folks, the deity of our Lord isn’t a mystery anymore. There are countless proofs in the scriptures – but above all this revelation,of the Deity of christ, is the principal theme of the holy bible.”