Do you believe Jesus? Do you believe that the disciples wrote His words down correctly? That God has kept His words correct, uncorrupted and complete for 2,000 years?
1 My son [children], if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding–9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart [the Holy Spirit], and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
What can we gain by reading Jesus’ words? What did He say? Let’s start with His claims to be God’s Son:
There are many verses in Matthew where Jesus calls God His Father, such as 12:50, 16:17, 18:10, 18:19, and then a couple in Matthew that are specific:
Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” There is no mistaking Jesus’ claim that God is His Father. The next verse, as well:
Matthew 26:53 “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?“
John’s whole purpose in his gospel account was to show that Jesus is God’s Son. In 5:17, Jesus said that His Father is always working, and so was He. Here is the leaders’ reaction:
John 5:18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
Jesus went on to tell them that He only does what He sees the Father doing (I assume that the Holy Spirit was revealing it to Him in real time). He goes on to tell them that the Father loves Him and even gives Him the power to raise the dead! In verse 36, He tells them that His works are evidence to His relationship with the Father. Oh, that they had believed!
In John 6:32, Jesus claims to be the Bread of Heaven, much like manna was to the Israelites in the desert. It was a precursor to the Lord’s Supper where He took the bread and said that it was His body (a very specific piece of bread, one that had been pierced, then covered and hidden, just as His body would be in the coming hours).
Chapter 8 contains a great dialogue between Jesus and the leaders. He makes reference to His relationship to God the Father numerous times:
8:18-19 Jesus claims that God testifies about Him and that God sent Him.
8:54-55 Jesus makes it very clear, “My Father, whom you claim as your God…”
Verse 58 says it loud and clear, “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” The phrase, “I AM,” is God’s revealed title to Moses in Exodus 3:14. Jesus claimed not only that He was God’s Son, but to be God Himself in the flesh! I don’t know why this claim came as a shock to them. Isaiah had predicted it 700 years before:
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel–which means, “God with us.”
In chapter 10 of John, Jesus declares that:
17-18 He has been given power by His Father to lay down His life and take it up again;
29-33 He and the Father are one, and the leaders knew that He claimed to be God.
In chapter 14 as He was teaching His disciples on that last night, He spoke very plainly. In verses 9-11, Jesus tells them that they have seen the Father because they have seen Him. If they don’t believe it, at least believe the works (miracles) He did.
Verses 20-21, 23-24, 26, 28, and 31 all speak of His relationship with the Father and with the Spirit. Don’t believe in the Trinity? Then read chapters 14-16 and get back with me!
15:15, 23-24, 16:23-28, and 32-33 give us more evidence of Jesus’ deity and His relationship with the Father.
The BEST verses where Jesus makes His claim are:
John 4:26 Jesus is talking to the woman at the well. She brings up the coming of the Messiah. Jesus declares, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
John 20:17 The day Jesus rose from the dead–thus proving that He is God–He met with Mary Magdalene. When she wouldn’t quit clinging to His feet, He told her, “Do not [continue to] hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” That’s pretty clear!
Since we now have no doubts about Jesus’ deity, we can trust everything He told us in His Word as was recorded by the writers of the Gospels and has been protected and sustained through these many centuries.
Tomorrow, we will look at what Jesus has to say about Creation, and Noah and the Great Flood.