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1. Who Did Jesus Claim To Be?

Who did Jesus claim to be? Did Jesus say He was just a man speaking for God, one prophet among a succession of prophets? Did Jesus claim to be God? If Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, how could He also be God? Did Jesus say God was greater than Him? If so, then how could He be God? If Jesus is God, why didn’t He just come out and say so from the start? My goodness, why should this be so confusing?!!! I’m not trying to cast any doubt on Jesus, and these are some thoughts that myself and others have had as we approached coming to know Jesus better. I found myself as a believer in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, convicted of my sin and need of the Redeemer at a very young age. Certainly I couldn’t grasp much beyond the facts of the basic gospel and it has been a growing process ever since. I came to Jesus by faith in the gospel message, was baptized as Peter told those at Pentecost in Acts 2, with a faint understanding that since I was now in Christ because His Spirit was in me and I was His possession because He bought me with the price of His blood, that I was to live for Him. My faith was based upon the foundation of the very promise of God; "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off; as many as the Lord our God will call." I didn’t grasp much more than knowing Jesus died for me because He loved me and wanted me to love Him too, and that I needed to obey Him in faith. I believed He was the Son of God, but didn’t understand much beyond that. I had a lot of growing to do, but I’m sure Jesus knew that too. He has remained faithful to His promises even though I’ve been slack at times in paying the attention to them that they deserve. With the world in such a bad way, we really need to come to both know Him better and also love each other more. He knows what each of us can be with His Spirit living in us as we walk by faith in Him as our Teacher, Redeemer, Brother and God.

Perhaps a good place to start the study of the teachings of who Jesus claimed to be is from a prophecy in Isaiah, Jesus opening public remarks, some important words from one of His disciples and then what Jesus said about the need that He fulfill what was written of Him in the Scriptures from Moses, the prophets and Psalms:

Isaiah 9:6,7;

"For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder,

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of His government and peace,

There will be no end,

Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,

To order it and establish it with judgment and justice

From that time forward, even forever.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."

Luke 4:18,19 (Isaiah 61:1,2)

‘And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,

Because He has anointed Me

To preach the gospel to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives

And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."

Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."’

The prayer of Jesus in John 17 has been a passion of mine for some time. In it Jesus blessed those who believe on Him because of the witness of His disciples that He was directly praying for at that time. After His resurrection Jesus made a point to ask Peter if he loved Him, and urged Peter to "Feed My sheep." In Peters second book are given some extremely important teachings that will guard the disciple of Jesus from the errors of disbelief and from false teachers and false prophets. As Peter neared his time to depart this life to be with the Lord he wanted to make record of the gospel to guard those who love the Lord against error and falling away from the truth that is the most precious possession we can ever have:

II Peter 1;

"Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.


For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."

Luke 6:46-49; 9:23-26; 21:33; 24:44-48.

"But why do you call Me "Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings, and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."

"Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels."

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."

"Then He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

"Then He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things."

And finally, in His great commission from Matthews gospel;

"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.


Those who encountered Jesus knew they were in the presence of someone they had questions about. As that guard said: "No man ever spoke like this", and others demanded "Where do you come from?" and even Satan taunted Him to prove His relationship with God. Everyone realized there was something different about the Man Jesus Christ. Keep in mind that Jesus said He had to fulfill all things written of Him in the Scriptures, which included the writings of Moses, the Psalms and Prophets. Also keep in mind that from a young age Jesus possessed profound knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the Scriptures. We don’t know much about Him before His coming to John to be baptized except the events surrounding His birth, the event of His being in discussion with those at the Temple when He said those famous words "I must be about My Fathers business", and that He grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with men. So why is this Jesus such a profound figure in human history? Because His message was profound and life changing? Because He miraculously fed a lot of people? Because He healed the lame, sick, blind, deaf, broken hearted, cast out demons and even raised the dead? Or is it because of what He said? Or is it that Jesus said He only spoke that which the Father had given Him to tell us, the very message of God, which was witnessed to by God, angels, demons, and control over human flesh and the earth, wind, sky and waves as well as beast and tree. Indeed, no man ever so spoke or proved what He said was an important message as did Jesus. Let’s consider a few things about what He said about Himself as it relates to who Jesus claimed to be.


Luke 16:29-31

"Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’"

Luke 24

"Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, "The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’"

"And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.

"Now, behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

"And He said to them, ‘What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?’

"Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, ‘Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?’

"And He said to them, ‘What things?’

"So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.’

"Then He said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?’ And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

"Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, ‘Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.’ And He went in to stay with them.

"Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

"And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He opened the Scriptures to us?’ So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, ‘The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’ And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread..

"Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you.’ But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.’

"When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, ‘Have you any food here?’ So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence.

"Then He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

"Then He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you, but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.’

"And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen."

Him; and He vanished from their sight.

"And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He opened the Scriptures to us?’ So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, ‘The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’ And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread..

"Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you.’ But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.’

"When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, ‘Have you any food here?’ So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence.

"Then He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

"Then He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you, but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.’

"And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen."


Jesus claimed identity with all those things written about Him by Moses, the Psalms and the Prophets. He claimed to be the culmination of the word God had given to Israel and angels witnessed of Him both at His birth and after His resurrection. From beginning to end, the Bible witnesses of Jesus Christ, and Jesus said His very purpose was to give men the words God had told Him to give men and to suffer, die on the cross, be raised from the dead and return to heaven. Since He fulfilled so much, I personally have no reasonable doubt that He is unable to keep His word to me personally, nor that He will not return for those who are His - exactly as He said He would. Never so any other man spoke, and never so any other man spoke to the heart of men as did Jesus. Never has any other man raised himself from the dead. Never has any other man just lifted off the earth into a cloud. Never has any other man fulfilled the prophecies of old about the Messiah. Yet, among the disciples last questions to Jesus was still about if and when He was going to restore the kingdom of Israel. That’s a study for another day perhaps. Jesus reply to them was that was not for them to know. So if Jesus didn’t relay the information directly, then perhaps we would do well to pay attention to those things that are "the prophetic word made sure", but first that we be found to be at the feet of the Teacher of Nazareth and hear more of what He said were the words of God that He was faithful in giving to men.





As we consider the words of Jesus about Who He is, let us consider these words:

"I came forth, and am come from God."

"Before Abraham was, I am."

"I came out from the Father, and am come into the world; again, I leave the world, and go unto the Father."

"Do not make My Fathers house a house of merchandise!" (Speaking of the Temple).

"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up" (Speaking of His body).

"No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven."

"You believe in God, believe also in Me."

I would be remiss if we did not include some of the witness of the prophet, John the baptizer, in what he testified of Jesus Christ, as John was one who was to bear witness of the light.

"A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and heard is above all. And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."


It is interesting to note the statements of Jesus concerning relationship to the One He spoke of as Father, and the relationship of the Father to the Spirit and Jesus to the Spirit. In looking at them there is no systematic theology, but instead declarations of unity in Being, in purpose and in work. Just as Jesus said He proceeded from the Father, the Spirit also comes from the Father and is also His. They all stand united in purpose, but also of the source of Being, that they are from and in the one, of the one and have always been one. They stand united in creation and redemption. They stand united in judgement and righteousness and mercy and truth. Jesus said that the words He spoke were not His own, but they were the very words of the Father, which were given to us just as the Father had directed Him to say and do. Jesus also said if you love Him that you will keep His words is just as surely given as the command to love God with all of your being and then love your neighbor as yourself. The greatest significance we must realize of relationship is a bit of a mystery to me at this time. Jesus said that all sins can be forgiven except for blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, that if one speaks words of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit that they cannot be forgiven in this life or the next and it is an eternal sin. Yet Jesus said one can speak against the Father or Himself and be forgiven. This seems to be a significant inequality, and as I said, a bit of a mystery to me, but I believe it is true because Jesus said it and thereby the matter is settled in my mind. As reminder, I would like to point out that when Jesus said this He said the sin was in speaking against the Holy Spirit. He did not say it was not merely in disbelieving the gospel message. He said it to those who believed they were doing the works of God by keeping the Law, but not believing in Him. The sin was speaking blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In light of this we should be extremely careful to avoid this sin. Don’t say that something is the Holy Spirit if it is not, and don’t judge those who claim what they do is by the Holy Spirit is by demons unless you can absolutely discern the difference. Along with that thought, consider the teaching of Jesus concerning the work of the Holy Spirit and just accept it is true, and that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and cannot lie and will always testify of the things of Jesus Christ - and never against what Jesus said or did or against what the eyewitness disciples have written, who were recipients of the promised Holy Spirit to guide them to all truth. As such, there is unity of faith that all witness as true - One Lord, One Spirit, One faith, One baptism, One God and Father of all. As mentioned earlier - when they all agree we do well to agree with them and not argue amongst ourselves or judge each other in disputable matters. Let’s leave that for God and work at drawing ourselves to the sure teachings of Jesus Christ. Let’s proclaim these teachings that Jesus said we are to be learning about by keeping and doing them - thereby showing that we love Him by our faith in action and obedience. Let the Spirit bring liberty in a life dedicated to our Lord.

As Jesus said, come to Him and take His yoke upon you and you shall find rest for your soul. When we come to know His great love for us and trust His work instead of our own, and that when we allow Him to live in us, that we will surely find ourselves capable of more with Him in us than trying to be anything else without Him in our life - both now and in the life to come. Jesus did not promise that we would not have problems in this life, but He did promise that if we love Him that He will be faithful to us. "Be thou faithful unto death." Being faithful to Jesus is trust in the Faithful Witness, the Apostle of heaven, and as Lord and Teacher of those who are to inherit eternal life in His name.

Sometimes Jesus taught things by what He didn’t say, and perhaps my favorite example was the one He gave to doubting Thomas, who upon seeing the risen Lord exclaimed "My Lord and my God!", and Jesus did not correct Thomas for this statement. Instead Jesus blessed him and added "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

July 4, 2:00pm - Annual 4th of July Picnic

July 12, 1:00pm - Adult Softball Game

July 14, 9:30am - Newlyweds Roundtable

July 21, 8:00am - New Parents Breakfast


August 2000

August 2, 12:00pm - Mother's Day Out

August 5, 10:00am - Serve the Homeless Event

August 11, 6:00pm - Father/Son Outing

August 28, 6:00pm - Bible Study