With any amount of Bible study, one is soon confronted with someone named Jesus. It is
accepted as historical fact that Jesus lived in the area and time as claimed by the Bible.
Some claim that He was only a great prophet, a very good man, or a very wise teacher.
Jesus and His teachings was then, and has always been, very controversial.
John 5:18 says:
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had
broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
In John 5:21-24 Jesus said:
21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so
the Son quickeneth whom he will. 22 For the Father judgeth no man, but
hath committed all judgement unto the Son: 23 That all men should honour
the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the
Father which hath sent him. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth
my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
In John 10:30 Jesus said, "I and my Father are one." In
verse 33 the Jews accused Him, "for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man,
makest thyself God." In verse 36 Jesus boldly proclaimed Himself to be "the
Son of God." Jesus said, "No man cometh unto the Father, but by me"
(John 14:6). John 1:1-14 declares that Jesus, there called, "the Word,"
was "in the beginning" before creation and that He "was God"
(v.1). Verse 3 declares Jesus to be Creator. Verse 3 says, "All things were made
by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." Verse 10 says,
"the world was made by him." Verse 14 says that He "was made
flesh, and dwelt among us."
1 In the beginning was the Word. and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All
things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the
light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was
John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that
all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to
bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth
every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world
was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received
him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the
sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born,
not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
In Matthew 1:20-21, before the birth of Jesus, "the angel of the
Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife:
for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
In Isaiah 7:14 another name of description of Jesus was prophesied
hundreds of years earlier:
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Back to Matthew 1, verses 22-23, speaking of verses 20-21 and referring to
the prophecy of Isaiah, says:
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of
the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring
forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with
His name, being interpreted is, "God with us." In
Colossians 1:12-17 the Bible says that Jesus "is the image of the invisible God.":
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be
partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of
sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every
creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that
are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or
principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And
he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
In Hebrews 1:1-3 the Bible claims Jesus to be "the express image"
of the person of God.:
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past
unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by
his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Jesus either was, or was not, everything He claimed to be. If He is not
every thing He claimed to be, He was either badly deceived, or was the greatest deceiver
that ever lived. If He was that badly deceived, He could in no way be considered as a wise
or good teacher. If He were intentionally deceptive, He could in no way be considered a
good man, and all His teachings should be rejected as dangerous and damnable. Since the
whole Bible confirms and agrees with Jesus' claims, it too, would have to be disregarded,
if Jesus were a deceiver. If Jesus is who He claimed to be, we must accept His teachings
in their entirety. To reject or dispute any part is to indict the whole.