The God Claim
THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING AND INSPIRING.
More than any other person in history, Jesus had clarity about his identity. He was clear about who he was and who he wasn’t. Some wanted him to be a political leader or military revolutionary, but he refused. Others wanted him to be an economic savior, but he refused. Many tried to use him for their own personal gain, but he constantly evaded them.
So, perhaps it’s worth exploring who Jesus thought he was by asking: What did Jesus say about himself?
Directly and indirectly throughout the Gospels, Jesus said he was God. In the Gospels he referred to himself as the “Son of Man” eighty times.
When Jesus said, “I am the Son of Man,” he was speaking their language. They knew exactly what he was saying. He was saying to them, “I am the Messiah. I am the rightful heir to the divine throne. Nations will worship me and I will rule forever. My kingdom is untouchable and unstoppable. I am the fulfillment of Daniel’s vision.”
Over and over throughout the Gospels he demonstrated his divinity with both his words and actions. He indirectly asserted his divinity in dozens of ways to help the people of his time connect the dots between what he was doing and saying and what the prophets had been saying about the long-awaited Messiah for thousands of years.
Excerpt taken from Chapter 5 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).
What’s holding you back from believing in Jesus completely?
In Chapters 5 and 6 of Rediscover Jesus, Matthew lists eight of Jesus’ claims. Pick the one that you struggle with the most, read what Matthew has to say about it, and talk to Jesus about it. (If you do not have a copy of Rediscover Jesus, you can see the eight claims here.)
Lord Jesus, I trust in you.