“Why I Believe Jesus Is God” John 1:1-12
Sept. 23, 2018
B) Others said, “even the winds and the sea obey Him.” (Matt. 8:27) Others witnessed to His moral character. “He was without sin.” (Heb. 4:15)
It is impossible for us to know conclusively whether God exists unless He takes the initiative to reveal Himself. In the same way, it is impossible for us to know what God is like unless He reveals Himself. Suppose we knew He existed, but He was like Adolf Hitler: capricious, vicious, prejudicial, and cruel. What a horrible realization that would be! However, God has revealed Himself to be like Jesus. Jesus is honored as being one of the greatest men that ever lived by just about everybody the world over. He is more revered, more appreciated, more emulated than any other person in history. But the question that many people choke on today is: Whether or not He is God.
III) The Behavior Of His Enemies
I) The Relationship With His Father
B) Thomas: “My Lord and My God.”
A)The relationship declared here is that Jesus and God are one and the same – it affirms His eternal nature.
C) Napoleon Bonaparte: “I know men; and I tell you Jesus Christ is not man.”
B) God is eternal; Jesus is eternal. He was born in Bethlehem in an earthly body. We call that phenomenon, the incarnation, but it was not Jesus’ beginning. Birth marks our beginning, but He is pre-existent. He is Co-Creator.
D) William Shakespeare: “I commend my soul into the hands of God my Creator…believing in the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour to be made partaker in life everlasting.”
A) The record is very clear that Jesus’ greatest enemies were not the Romans nor the Samaritans but His own people, the Jews. B) They hated Him because of His teaching on sin. But they killed Him because He said He was God. IV) The Testimonies of His followers A) The Samaritan woman: “Come see the Man…”
E) Mary: Silence. II) The Witness Of His Contemporaries A) John, the Baptist, looks at Jesus and declares, “The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” (Luke 7:19)