How is Jesus God?
When I first came to the faith of Christianity and started taking my relationship with God more seriously, I was confused about this man named Jesus. I thought He was literally just a “son” of God miraculously born and used as a sacrifice for us. Low key, I thought it was a bit harsh that God would allow His child to crucified and killed.
By the way, crucifixion was the most heinous and agonizing way the Roman Empire can think of to kill “criminals” slowly but surely. It first starts with the beatings; shards of metal and small pieces of bone are laced into a leather whip and struck against the person’s back over 40 times. Then, the individual is forced to carry a 75-125 pound crossbeam to their crucifixion site to prolong the agony. Next, 5-7 inch iron nails are pierced through the victim’s hands and feet. Imagine having to hold the weight of your body on a cross with nails driven through your limbs. Finally, to confirm His death, the solider stabs Jesus in the heart. Out gushes water and blood at the same time. This is due to shock separating the two elements.
There are a couple of things I want to mention before I continue this discussion.
If you believe in one part of the Bible, you must believe that the whole Bible is true. It is all or nothing, not bits and pieces of God’s Word. I am referring to the 66 books of the Holy Bible and nothing else.
Proverbs 30:5 NLT Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.
The Bible does not contradict itself, rather it confirms itself. There is no better reference for the Bible than the Bible itself. We are solely going to use the Bible to verify and confirm that Jesus is God.
From Genesis down to Revelation (the revealing of Jesus Christ), all signs point to Him.
I pray that God softens your heart, awaken your spiritual ears, and unveil your spiritual eyes as you read about the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 27:50-53 NKJV
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His Spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Point #1: If Jesus Was Not God, We Would Still be Doing Animal Sacrifices
In the beginning, God cursed all the animals in the land (Genesis 3:14) due to the fall of mankind, thus causing them to be imperfect. They were perfect on the outside for sacrifices by careful selection, but not perfect on the inside. So, these animal sacrifices could not actually pardon or absolve sin. They were used to show the penalty and consequences of sin. They represented what sin meant-death. Jesus, however, is God in the flesh. This means He is flesh (human) on the outside, but God on the inside. He was the only one perfect on the inside and a suitable sacrifice to atone for our sins. It’s like reverse animal sacrifice. Therefore, He was the only one able to absolve our sins once and for all.
Hebrews 10:12-18 NLT
But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for all sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,
“This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he says,
“I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”
And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.
Point #2: Jesus Never Sinned
It is impossible for humans not to sin. We are all born into sin due to the rebellion. If Jesus was just a regular human being like you and me, He would have sinned. The Bible clearly states that every human being is under the power of sin, no exceptions. Jesus’s sinless character lines up with the fact that He was not just human, but God in the flesh because God does not sin. This further proves Point #1 of Jesus being the perfect sacrifice because of His sinless nature.
Romans 3:23 NLT
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Point #3: Your Salvation is in Jesus’s hands.
If you do not take away anything else from this, I at least want you to ponder on Point #3 very seriously. Why would God leave all of humanity's salvation into the hands of a mere human being? We’ve just established that all human beings are sinners at heart. If Jesus was just a messenger, prophet, servant, or miracle worker, I would certainly not leave my eternal life in His hands. I would only leave my life in God’s hands. Where you spend your immortal life whether that be in Heaven, which is in God’s presence or in hell, which is eternally separated from God is determined by your belief in Jesus. The Bible is not only clear but repetitive on this. Anytime the Bible repeats itself more than once, it is trying to get your attention.
John 14:6-11 NLT
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
Obviously, some of the disciples of Jesus also had a hard time understanding that Jesus is God made human. Jesus straight up told Philip that not only did Philip know God the Father, but Philip has also seen God because he was looking at Him face-to-face!
Romans 3:22 NLT We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
Romans 3:30 NLT There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.
Hebrews 11:1 NKJV Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Point #4: We Pray in Jesus’s Name and Worship Him
Some may say Jesus is perhaps an angel. Above human and below God. Negative. The thing that separates God and angels is worship. Angels absolutely and positively refuse worship. They know better than that (at least they holy ones do). Jesus, however, did not refuse worship (Matthew 8:2, 14:33). Keep in mind as you continue reading that bowing or kneeling is a form of worship, especially in Biblical days. If Jesus came from Heaven but was not God, He would refuse worship. You cannot respect God and accept worship at the same time. That is blasphemy.
Revelation 19:9-10 NLT
And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.”
Philippians 2:9-11 NLT
Therefore, God elevated him to the highest place of honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
How is possible for God to give Jesus the name above all other names if we should only worship God? Why would God allow every knee to bow at the name of Jesus? This is made possible because Jesus is God. God states that He does not share His glory or His praise with others. I hope by this point you are gaining a better understanding that Jesus is God made visible. We would not be commanded to pray in Jesus’s name if He was not God Himself. We pray in Jesus’s name because He is the only way to God and no one can come to the Father except through Him.
Isaiah 42:8 NLT “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols.
I can go on and on about this subject:
Jesus had power over life and death (John 2:19)
Jesus knew people’s thoughts (Mark 2:8)
Jesus forgave sins (Matthew 9:2)
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit (John 16:7)
Jesus says He is the "I AM" (John 8:58), which is exactly who God says He is (Exodus 3:14); meaning He has always been in existence.
Jesus’s use of parables and symbolism is consistent with God’s way of explaining things all throughout the old testament.
Some find it hard to believe that Jesus is God. It is difficult to understand why the Creator of everything would subject Himself to the frailty of a human body and suffer death. The answer is love. To break the power and curse of sin required a perfect sacrifice. No one loves us more and is a perfect sacrifice for our mistakes other than God Himself. He became a servant for our sake. He was born from a virgin (what regular human being is born from a virgin?), prepared for His ministry for 30 years, and did all He needed to do in 3 years. Jesus had all the right to exercise His divinity as God, but He wanted to give us humans an example to follow. Our prime example here on earth is Jesus. He humbled Himself for our sake. He did not have to boast about being God because He wanted you to realize it for yourself.
Philippians 2:6-7 NLT
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
The mere fact that Jesus was God in the flesh made me love God even more and should produce the same feeling for you. God died for you so that you would not have to be separated from Him in eternity. He also died for you so that you do not have to be separated from Him on earth by sending His Holy Spirit. The fact that Jesus being God surpasses human logic and knowledge proves His case further and makes even more sense. After all, God did say,
Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Side note: The topic of Jesus’s actual existence is another and separate discussion. For that, I recommend watching “The Case for Christ” on Netflix. This is based on a true story from the perspective of an atheist turned believer.
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