What do men say about Jesus?
Men have many different opinions about Jesus Christ. If you ask 1,000 men about Jesus, you may get 1,000 different opinions. Some say Jesus was a man, and nothing more. Some say Jesus was a god, but not God. Believers know that Jesus is God, and that He is Lord over all. What do you say about Jesus?
What did Jesus say about Himself?
Have you ever considered what Jesus said about Himself? Is it fair to judge a man before first allowing him to speak for himself? Even so, before you make your final judgment of Christ, hear what He had to say about himself.
Jesus called Himself "I Am."
John 8:57-59 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Jesus claimed deity by calling Himself "I Am."
Jesus called himself, "I Am", clearly affirming His deity. The Jews knew very clearly that Jesus was claiming to be God. The religious leaders were so angry they tried to stone Jesus to death. They hated Jesus simply because he called Himself by the name "I Am", a name of Jehovah God. He ascribes this name to Himself seven different times, in seven different ways in the Gospel of John. All of these affirm His claim to deity.
Jesus' name "I Am" is the name of Jehovah God.
In Exodus, Jehovah God called Moses to the humanly impossible task of delivering the Israelites from 450 years of Egyptian slavery. Moses made a plea of ignorance to God as to what the people would say about it.
"Whom will I say sent me?" (Exodus 3:14-15)
God answered Moses
"I Am that I Am,"
He was literally telling him, "I am whatever I mean to be, and if I want to be the God who sends you to deliver my people, I can be that." This name "I Am" that God gives Himself declares His self-sufficiency. The "I Am" is the eternal, self existing God who ever was and ever shall be the same. His infinite perfections cannot be added to or diminished. For Jesus to call Himself by this exclusive name of God is a clear claim to the deity of Christ.
The Jews knew that Jesus claimed deity by calling Himself "I Am."
When Jesus said "I Am" His words carried heavy weight with the Jews of that day. This was a clear, bold statement. If Jesus were not God, it would be blasphemy to call himself "I Am." The Jews were Old Testament scholars. They knew that "I Am" was the language that Jehovah God used when speaking to Moses. Now Jesus called Himself by the same name, "I Am." (John 4:26, 6:20, 13:19).
The names by which Jesus Christ described himself are well worth exploring. We will look in the next posts at seven times Jesus Christ claimed deity in the record of John's gospel, by referring to himself as "I Am."
Love Him or hate Him, Jesus claimed to be God, and Jesus is God. Dear friend, bow to Jesus today as Lord and Saviour, who died on a cross for sinners and rose again the third day.
Jesus is God. Jesus clearly claimed deity when he called himself by the name, "I Am".
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