The Deity of Jesus, The Messiah
The Deity of Jesus, The Messiah
In today’s world we get the majority of our information from several places; news media, magazines, books, our friends, and social media. Where did the people of the first century get their information? They got their information; while they were shopping at the market, from their friends. The majority of those individuals were illiterate, many were slaves. Today we lose sight of what we have witnessed and heard, or we simply believe that we can no longer witness or hear anything.
Most of us have heard the quote from Edgar Allen Poe: “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half what you see.” We have become very skeptical about the things that we hear in today’s world, because we have seen so much distortion of things. But we must remember that when we are listening to someone, we must consider that person’s integrity and character as we evaluate the things that they are telling us.
God has spoken to us through His Word (The Bible). There are many skeptics in the world today that do not believe that the Bible is God’s Holy Word. Each of us must have faith. Those that are skeptical about the Bible being God’s Word, they have faith in themselves, sports heroes, or other things. God has also spoken to us through His Son. When Jesus came to this earth, there was an imprint in the world, that imprint was the exact image of God Himself. You may see this imprint reflected in your life and in the life of your friends and relatives. John 14:9 (ESV) 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
The question we need to ask ourselves can we feel the superiority of Jesus Christ in our lives? His superiority over all the created order, heaven, and earth. John 1:1–3, 14 (ESV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made….. 14 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.
The other question that we need to ask: can we inherit salvation that Jesus talked about in his preaching while he was here on this earth?
Isaiah prophesied, about 700 B.C.: Isaiah 9:6–7 (ESV) 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. The child that Isaiah talks about is the promised Messiah since the prophecy speaks of the throne of David and the kingdom. He would clearly be deity (divine) for Isaiah said this son would be called: “his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. The deity of Christ was unmistakably proclaimed by Isaiah the prophet.
The angel told Mary: Luke 1:31–33 (ESV) 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Jesus was and is the divine Messiah, promised by God to bear the name: “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”
We have referred to the pre-existence of Christ in John 1:1–3, 14 we also see in: John 8:58 (ESV) 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” The deity of the Son is shown by the Bible teaching concerning His existence before He was sent to this world. Colossians 1:15–17 (ESV) 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
In Matthew we read: Matthew 1:23 (ESV) 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). In this passage we see the name Immanuel and again as the passage declares “God with us”.
While Jesus was in the flesh, He caused people to believe in Him as the Messiah by His supernatural knowledge. John 2:24–25 (ESV) 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John recorded the miracles that Jesus did. These miracles caused people to believe Him to be the Messiah, the Son of God. Nicodemus a ruler of the Jews said to Jesus: John 3:2 (ESV) 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”
The miracles of Jesus caused His disciples to believe in Him. For example, when the disciples witnessed Jesus’ walking on the water, they confessed their faith. Matthew 14:33 (ESV) 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Jesus used His miracles as a witness: John 5:36 (ESV) 36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.
The apostle Paul was a persecutor of the church, arresting individuals and bringing them back to jail in Jerusalem. He was on his way to Damascus when he had a unique experience where the Lord appeared to him and ask him why he was persecuting him. He was told to go to Damascus where he would meet Ananias, and Ananias told him: Acts 22:16 (ESV) 16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
What is your relationship with Jesus Christ?