As we look at the gospel of John I thought it would be a good idea to give us some biblical references that demonstrate the Jesus is fully God (100%) and then go on to show how the scriptures show that he is fully man (100%). I am not worried about this task but I have around 500 words to do it and I have just used up 79 according to my word counter.
So this week we will look at 100% God – Jesus is fully divine!
One thing we note as we read the word of God is that Jesus never said, “I am God” and neither did he ever say, “I am not God”. But what we see is plenty of claims from Jesus that would be entirely inappropriate to make if he was not God.
In Mat 14:41 he says he would send His angels, while in Luke 12:8-9 angels are referred to as God’s. The Kingdom of God is also referred to by Jesus as his kingdom in Mat 14:41.
Jesus also claimed to forgive sin (Mark 2:5) and when he is accused of doing the things only God can do, he did not seek to clarify anything different. In Mat 25:31-46 Jesus speaks of judging the world where he will be seated on his glorious throne and separating the sheep from the goats.
In John 10:30 Jesus claims to be one with the Father and ‘if we have seen and know Jesus we have seen and know the Father’ (John 14:7-9). Then in John 8:58 Jesus used the title “I Am” to describe his existence before Abraham. He does not use the word ‘I was’ but ‘I AM’ (the same word God uses in the OT). The passage we read in our bible reading this morning (John 5:16-30) leaves you in no doubt as to who Jesus thought he was. We also see that Jesus is quite prepared to accept worship from people (Mat 14:23, 28:17) but angels refuse this sort of thing for God alone is to be worshipped (Rev 19:10).
BUT there is more. The writers of the books of the NT also leave us in no doubt as to Jesus’ divinity. Hebrews 1:1-4 speaks of Jesus as the ‘radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his nature’. For other examples why not look in Col 1:15-20 or Phil 2:5-11 or the book we are reading at present, the gospel of John 1:1-18 or John 20:30-31.
To see the divinity of Jesus we also need to look at the empty tomb. This is the point in which the penny finally drops for the disciples of Jesus and they realise that he is indeed God. For example, the words of Thomas when he meets the risen Jesus “My Lord and My God” (John 20:28).
There is are heaps more bible references we could look at but room is now gone. Next week we might spend some time looking at the implications of this wonderful reality.