FAQ: 1. IS JESUS GOD?
Why do so many Christians and
believers say Jesus is God? Is He?
Jesus in the beginning: He was being more of an example of perfection and slowly growing in to the authority ordained to Him by
the Father. As a twelve year old child, he was already highly favored for his wisdom and knowledge of the Word and the Father.
Preaching in the temple as a child, he was marveling even the most thought of as wise-men. From his birth, he was worshiped by
wise men, divinely knowing him to be the Messiah. Even other kings feared their position and seeked to kill him as an infant,
because of knowledge of the old testament prophets speaking that in the Land of Judah a Messiah is to come. Not wanting to
believe that this child born in a barn, of a carpenter (Joseph) and a thought to be slave girl (Mary), it was hard for them to accept
that Jesus was going to be the Messiah. The pure fact that the most highly respected wise-men came to him and praised him as
an infant, the credibility became more threatening. Other kings and rulers were not taking any chances. As an infant they thought to
kill him and every other two year old and younger male child in the region to make sure they accomplished their mission. This was
ordered by king Herod. He must go!
The heavenly father knowing the evil in men's hearts divinely protected His son from birth. From the hands of all rulers and kings,
from as far North as Rome all the way down to his homeland, where his fellow brethren the Jews seeked to take his life more than
all, because they were losing clientel in the synagogues. Jesus led by example, his walk, his perfected speech and teachings. He
was found to be blameless and a very loving man. The multiple miracles performed throughout every region of the Holy Land, from
turning water into wine, opening blind eyes, rebuking demons out of many, lame men walking and storms calmed at his request
was known throughout the lands. He even fed 5000+ people with a 2-piece fish meal. The bible even says some regions he led the
multitudes of people, where ever he walked he healed them all! There is no biblical count of the number of people that were
healed, nor a count of how many miracles were performed even in the presence of his brethren the Pharisees and Sadduccees
and many chief priests. And they still were in disbelief and living in denial. They just could not accept that this little Jewish boy born
in a barn that they watched grow up and out of Bethlehem (of all places), was taking all of the multitudes of followers that they had
once possessed. He was rendering them power-less. All glory and praise went to him instead of them now. The idea of the
prophecy of Jesus being the King of the Jews was just plain unacceptable. Even though he was found blameless, they plotted
against him, claiming his power was from demons with a little magic in the mix. Anything to get the people back worshipping and
praising them instead of Jesus, the one called King of the Jews.
The Father knew the power hunger of men's hearts would cause the chain of events of evil plots to come towards His son. So the
Father pre-told us about his son from the very beginning, as far back as Genesis 3:15. Immediately he told the serpent as he
deceived Eve. " I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed and He shall bruise your head
and you shall bruise his heel!" (Gen. 3:15) There is only one He (name) known to man and in the heavens that can bruise the head
of serpent and that is the powerful name of the living Son of God, Jesus. If you read Deuteronomy 18:5 it says God has chosen one
out of the tribes of the Jews to STAND AND TO MINISTER in the name of the Lord, him and his sons forever. This one being
known as Moses and his sons. Then in the same chapter, same page, ten verses later, Deuteronomy 18:15, God says "I will raise
up for you a prophet LIKE ME from your midst from your brethren, him you shall hear." In Deuteronomy 18:16 God says speaking
to the prophets "according to all you desired of the Lord your God in Horeb in the day of assembly, saying, 'Let me not hear again
the voice of the Lord my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.' " In Deuteronomy 18:17 God says " ...What they
have spoken is good." Meaning in that day of assembly, of the PROPHET LIKE HIM to come, He would NO LONGER SPEAK
HIMSELF OR SHOW HIS GREAT FIRE OF WRATH. The next verse, Deuteronomy 18:18 is the evidence. It says "I will raise up
for them a prophet like you from among their brethren (the Jews) and I will put MY WORDS in HIS MOUTH and HE SHALL
SPEAK to them all that I command him. And Deuteronomy 18:19 says "And it shall be that WHOEVER WILL NOT hear My words,
which HE speaks in My name, I will require it of him." Here God is saying that He will require his people and directs the brethren
of the prophets, to hear all that He commands FROM HIM THAT HE WILL SPEAK THROUGH. Because in that day of
assembly, when the prophet has matured (Jesus) GOD HIMSELF WILL NO LONGER SPEAK ANYMORE OR SEND FIRE.
Please understand that this is the Old Testament Word of God saying this, not me or any other human. Please read (click on)
Deuteronomy 18 verse 5-22 so that you can fully understand it in your own heart. There are 10372 verses in the Bible from
Genesis to Revelation, preaching the coming of Christ. As far as the Old Testament, there is not a more distinctive, direct or more
undeniable approach to touching upon the subject of: is Jesus the Messiah? Reason being is that verse 5 of Deuteronomy 18
clearly states that God has chosen one out of the Jewish tribe to STAND AND MINISTER in the Name of the Lord - him and his
sons also forever (Moses and sons) and then in verse 15 God says he will raise up one LIKE HIM from the midst of the brethren of
the Jewish tribes and HIM YOU SHALL HEAR! The difference being, one is chosen to STAND AND MINISTER in the Name of
God (Moses and sons). In verse 15, the other prophet is RAISED UP AND LIKE GOD. None can be like God but his only
begotten son Jesus. None could be perfect enough for God, who cannot lie, to make that statement.
OK, so God chose a prophet Moses and his sons to speak for Him before Jesus arrived and He says He chose to raise up a
prophet like Him. And let's say maybe it is Jesus, his Son and OK, they tried to kill Him from his birth and the father had to protect
his Son from birth. It's still His Son! God was protecting his Son, not himself. There's a father God and a Son. Jesus prayed to God
his Father, not himself. When he died, he prayed to his Father and ... himself into His hands. His hand being the Father God, not
himself. How can Jesus be God? And maybe John is the prophet that was the one God talked about and if Jesus was God's Son,
how come he died? What father would let his son die like that, especially if he was God? I think if anyone could be God or had a
chance to be, I can't believe he'd let his son die and be so tortured...they say he was. And what about the fact that because Jesus
did die, maybe the Messiah really hasn't come yet?
SO, IS JESUS GOD? The answer to this QUESTION OF THE YEAR:
The Old Testament prophesies have said the coming of the Messiah, the King of the Jews, would come from out of Bethlehem in
the land of Judah. These Old Testament prophesies were shown by the Jewish chief priests and scribes to king Herod, for he was
asking, because the three wise men had been searching for a newborn, believed to be the king of Israel. So who better to ask
about the Old Testament prophesies than the chief priests and scribes. It's amazing that he, king Herod, believed the prophesies
to be true, obviously, because he tried to have baby Jesus killed as described in the prior contents. And yet, after reading the
prophesy to the king themselves, the chief priests still had their doubts.
Back to getting to the answer. John couldn't have been the Messiah as thought, because he preached in the wilderness of the One
to come who was before him and shall come after. John said it himself (John 1:15), "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes
after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.'" (John 1:16), "And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for
grace," meaning the one Jesus, the like-God prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15) was the fullness of God and the grace for all who would
receive Him. And it couldn't have been Moses because in the next verse, (John 1:17) he says "For the law was given through
Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." This is confirmation describing the earlier text from Deuteronomy 18:5, the
prophet who'd STAND AND MINISTER in the Name of the Lord - Moses, and then in Deuteronomy 18:15, the PROPHET LIKE
GOD, Jesus. John 1:18 says "No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, HE has
declared HIM!" Now the last words of that testimony of John was too much to swallow for the priests and Levites. That's saying the
Son is in the bosom of Him, so God the Father is declaring His Son to be Him!
That's a little much to swallow, even for some today, let alone for the Jews of John's time. God declaring his Son to be Him. After
they went back to the chief priests and told them of what John said, it sounded like blasphemy to them also. So they sent out more
qualified Levites and priests to question him. (John 1:19), they asked "Who are you?" The next verse (John 1:20) "he confessed,
and did not deny, but confessed, 'I am not the Christ.'" Well, that alleviates John. (John 1:21) So they asked him "What then? Are
you Elijah?" He said, "I am not". "Are you the Prophet?" John said "No." (John 1:22) they said to John "Who are you, that we may
give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?" Now can you blame them for wanting to know? His
statement about God declaring his son to be Himself, a part of Him, His bosom, is definitely questionable! Even to this day! John
answered them in verse (John 1:23) He said "I am 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord,"
as the prophet Isaiah said! (In the Old Testament). So now we know John said he's neither Christ, Elijah nor the Prophet. And he
told them that Moses had already fulfilled his mission for God by ministering the law given. And that he is fulfilling his mission for
God just as prophets before and Isaiah had said. John prepared the way for the Messiah by his call to repentance, not even
knowing Jesus to be the Christ yet. He was trusting God by preparing the way by telling the people "repent, repent for the kingdom
of God is at hand." That's the same as saying God is at hand or here. What declarations John had made! He finally met Jesus
while baptizing people in the Jordan river. When Jesus walked up to him, divinely John was told by God who this man was and
John said (John 1:29) "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." Jesus stood before John ready to be
baptized and naturally John thought it odd that he would be the called to baptize the Christ himself! But being continually obedient,
he did so. And while doing so, he was led by the Spirit to tell the people (John 1:30) "This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a
Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me." (John 1:31) John says "I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed
to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water." And while lifting Jesus up from the water, the spirit of God came upon John and
Jesus. (John 1:32) And John bore witness saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon
Him. (John 1:33) John said "I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the
Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit' (John 1:34) and said: I have seen and
testified that this is the Son of God." Some of the people received it with joy and got baptized, including the scribes and priests.
Some even witnessed and believed, some remained in denial, yet the news of it got back to the chief priests and scribes. (I
wonder if anyone ever branded their camel with the symbol of the dove, after receiving the Holy Spirit, as we so proudly do today
on our cars!?)
John must have developed great respect by the people. He made some very powerful statements contrary to the belief of the
rulers, chief priests and scribes. His telling the people I haven't seen or known Him who is coming, but God says He is Him! Bold!
Let's look at other declarations God has made on this subject. In the bible Jesus is called so many names from Genesis to
Revelations. Not only was Jesus described as the Bosom of the Father, he was actually claimed to be the Word of God himself.
(John 1:1) says "In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God (in his bosom), and the Word was God." Now
this is again God saying this declaration. (John 1:2) "He was in the beginning with God" (none but Jesus). (John 1:3) All things
were made THROUGH Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." Who is God describing as Him? It could be
none other than His son Jesus. (John 1:4) "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." (John 1:5) "And the light shines in the
darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." By God's design, darkness would always be INFERIOR to light, Victory
actually was won from the beginning, HALLELUJAH.
(John 1:6) "There was a man sent from God, who's name was John." Jesus told his disciples that there was none greater than
John. Why is obvious; he was sent from God for only one purpose, ordained before birth, when Mary divinely knew she had to go
see her cousin Elizabeth. She almost died on her way, being so late with child and the distance so far. Elizabeth was pregnant
with John, who had not kicked for weeks. When worried Elizabeth saw Mary, John instantly kicked her so hard she cried of joy.
The second she recognized Mary was pregnant, the Spirit of God divinely told them both the purpose of Elizabeth's child: to
prepare the way for the Messiah, whom she knew was Mary's child. They rejoiced and praised God! (John 1:7) says "This man
came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all THROUGH him might believe." The key word THROUGH is the gate of
understanding. God does and did everything THROUGH Him, His son Jesus. Let's get back to John's note on THROUGH!
(John 1:8) "He (John) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (John 1:9) "That was the true Light which gives
light to every man coming into this world" (EVERY ONE, EVEN YOU! God used the word 'man' to describe mankind, not male
or female.) (John 1:10) He was in the world, and the world was made THROUGH Him, and the world did not know Him." (John
1:11) "He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him." (John 1:12) "But as many as received Him, to them he gave the
right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:" (John1:13) "who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." We must accept and believe in the name of Jesus to be born again; born of the Spirit.
SAVED! God has declared His son the gateway of salvation.
GOD says His son is GOD, not man. GOD has declared Him, the word, the light, the king of the Jews, the king of Israel, the
wonderful counselor, the lamb of God, the all before and all after, the alpha and omega, Jahweh (which means salvation), the
Messiah, the Christ, the I-Am that I-Am, the good shepherd, the son of David (14 generations later), the Holy One, the Truth, King of
Kings, Lord of Lords (which means none are higher), and in the Old Testament THE LORD THY GOD. All these names Jesus
was called from Genesis to Revelations. But after all these names, He was still disbelieved and mocked even until this day. He
was sent by God to His own people, US!! to be the door, the gateway of the kingdom of God and as (John1:11) says above, some
still don't receive Him, even though He is God's Word himself. Evidence of that is the next verse (John 1:14) "The word became
flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." Lets go
all the way back to the beginning of this chapter, which is the next verse in order of where I started this text. THE ANSWER from
(John 1:15) "John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred
before me, for He was before me.'" It's amazing that John divinely knew that Jesus was before him in the spirit, but yet he was born
physically before Jesus. (It makes you wonder if Jesus, while in the womb of Mary, ordained John himself at the arrival of seeing
Elizabeth.) John himself called Him "the only begotten Son" and said He is in the bosom of the Father. John said, He the father
declared him God. God said his son is himself in many chapters and ways. I think the best way he said it other than when Jesus
declared it himself a few times like (John 10:30) "I and My Father are one", for Jesus to not have resurrected from death on the
third day as prophesied in the Old Testament and as He said he would in the New Testament, and for Him to be dead would mean
God is dead if they are one! (John 10:38) "...believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him" and in (John 14:6) "I am the way, the
truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (the gateway, the door) how could Jesus make this statement if
He is not alive and waiting at the door for you, and the next verse (John 14:7) "If you had known Me, you would have known My
Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." (God said He made us in His image!) Jesus is the life, the life
can't be killed, that's why darkness can't comprehend it. (You can't even kill God's grass, even if it burns to crisp, just baptize it and
voila, it's back to life in three days.) We as humans, only our flesh can be killed, our spirit lives on eternally. It's destination is a
matter of choice and free will. I'd rather be saved as well as all of you, because the other the bible describes as a DEFINITE bad
choice; Life without God in eternal darkness.) Other than this, I believe we have to go way back to His first name before He even
came out of the womb of Mary. The angel told Joseph: (Matthew 1:21-23) "And she will bring forth a Son, and YOU shall call his
name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:22) "So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was
spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: (Matthew 1:23) Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and THEY
shall call his name Immanuel, which is translated to "GOD WITH US". God declared it, from the beginning until the end!
God bless you and may grace, mercy and peace be upon you all through Christ Jesus, Amen.
Pastor DJ Wright
Prayer of Salvation
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