Picking up from part 1. Mark Driscoll in addressing the question of who Jesus is, looked at what Jesus said about Himself. I listed the first five ways in which Jesus claimed He is God in the previous post.
Here are the last five:
6. Jesus confirmed to others He is God.
But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy, (Matthew 26:63-65, ESV).
Jesus was accused of blasphemy! The penalty for that was death. Why would He say that if it were not so? Jesus declared He was God and didn’t recant when accused of blasphemy.
7. Jesus said He was sinless.
Sin is both doing what is wrong, and not doing what is right. The Bible also states that sin not just includes our actions (or non-actions), but also our thoughts, motives and words.
Nobody can claim to be without sin. No one credible has done so. Jesus is the only Person in history who can make that claim.
Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me, (John 8:46, ESV).
- Peter calls him the Holy and Righteous One, (Acts 3:14).
- He is referred to as a lamb without blemish or spot, (1 Peter 1:19)
- " He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth," (1 Peter 2:22, ESV).
- The Apostle John said that those who claim to be without sin are liars, (1 John 1:8). He also said that Jesus was without sin, (1 John 3:5).
- "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God, (2 Corinthians 5:21, ESV).
8. Jesus forgave sin.
We can forgive those who sinned against us, but what about those who sin against God? We can’t. Only God can forgive those who have sinned against Him. But yet, Jesus did just that.
- Speaking woman who was repentant saying, "your sins are forgiven," (Luke 7:48).
- When He saw the faith of the paralytic and the men who lowered him through the roof of the house he was teaching in, he said, "Man, your sins are forgiven you," (Luke 5:20). At that point he is accused of blasphemy by the Pharisees and scribes because, "who can forgive sins but God alone?"
9. Jesus taught people to pray to Him as God.
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it, (John 14:13-14, ESV).
He did this numerous times. He said:
- Whatever we ask the Father in His name will be given to us, (John 15:16).
- If we ask in His name we’ll receive that our joy would be made full, (John 16:24).
Also Stephen cried out to Jesus as he was being stoned to death for Jesus to receive his spirit, (Acts 7:59). Many people cry out to Jesus in times of desperate need. If Jesus is not God those prayers are made in vain.
10. Jesus said He is the only way to heaven.
Responding to Philip who told Jesus to show them the Father and that would be enough for them.
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him," (John 14:6-7, ESV).
Jesus even said that narrow is the gate that leads to salvation, (Matthew 7:13-14), but so many want to broaden it. Jesus said it was through Him and Him alone.
The question remains to be answered, how should we respond to the incredible person, work and claims of Jesus?