Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Who Is Jesus? Here Is Some Proof

The most important fact that you need to believe.

John 5:17-23  But Jesus replied, "My Father is always working, and so am I."  18  So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill Him. For He not only broke the Sabbath, He called God His Father, thereby making Himself equal with God.

19  So Jesus explained, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.  20  For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing. In fact, the Father will show Him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished.

21  For just as the Father gives life to those He raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone He wants.

22  In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, He has given the Son absolute authority to judge,  23  so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent Him.

In the previous post Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath, the man that was healed would like to think that the miracle was all about him and about making his body whole but the healing was probably more of a setup for Jesus to have a conversation with the religious leaders.

Jesus didn't stir things up for no reason, he wanted to speak directly to their greatest sin, he wanted to show them that their abuse of the Sabbath day rules was not pleasing to God. If they are going to get right with God, who they think they are serving, they need to look at the greatest sin in their life.

Healing this man on the Sabbath is only the beginning, Jesus next statement really stirs things up, the next thing that Jesus says is outrageous:

"My Father is always working, and so am I."

These words made them furious, the religious leaders are not willing to acknowledge that healing the man at the pool was proof of who Jesus is and now they are convinced that Jesus is blasphemous.

God and Jesus are always working.

Since the beginning of Jesus' ministry we have seen him at work through circumstances, we have seen him create the right circumstances to force a confrontation, each of these moments gave Him the opportunity to reveal himself to them. Jesus didn't refrain from telling the truth because it would make his life more difficult.

Basically Jesus said to them, "I did something good on the sabbath, something that God would do." So if you have a problem with what Jesus did then you have a problem with God.
Isaiah 40:28-29 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
God created for six days and then he ceased from creating but he never ceased from all of his work. When I was taught the creation story as a child I always pictured God taking a nap at the end of the week. I don't think that it was ever explained to us that God is always at work. Our existence and the existence of everything else in creation depend on God's continuous sustaining work.

God and Jesus are the same.

The most important concept in the Bible is the trinity. If we are going to know God then we need to get to know him for who he really is and we need to know that the only reason that Christianity has any validity is because of the fact that Jesus is God.
John 10:31-33 Once again the people picked up stones to kill Him. Jesus said, "At My Father's direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone Me?" They replied, "We're stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God."
In healing on the Sabbath, Jesus was not acting against the Father’s commands, but doing what the Father wanted him to do. God and Jesus are busy doing the same work, they work in perfect harmony and there are no secrets between them.

God gives Jesus two "God jobs."

Raise the dead and judge the world, those are two jobs that God has transferred over to Jesus, both jobs require that you be just as much God as God is. Neither one of those jobs can be accomplished by a mere human.
John 5:27 And He has given Him authority to judge everyone because He is the Son of Man.
The power of judging the world implies the ability to search the heart to really know somebody and to understand the motives for everything they do.

Who is Jesus?

There are only three choices:

1. Jesus is absolutely correct and he really is God.
2. Jesus is a liar and he knows that he is lying to us to try and deceive us.
3. Jesus is a liar but he is a delusional mad man.

The first option is really the only one that makes any sense. A deceiver will rarely continue his deception to the point of death. A deceiver or a delusional man could not heal the man on the Sabbath, or raise the dead, or take control of both nature and the demons. A delusional man cannot teach with the authority that Jesus had and they couldn't have insight like Jesus had.

Who is Jesus? Don't neglect to find out the best answer to that question.