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A series of articles exploring what God says is the ultimate Truth. Once established, all other truths are subject to it... including yours, mine, everyone's.


Who is Jesus of Nazareth?

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The testimony of the Pharisees.
The court calls the Pharisees to the stand. The Pharisees were the religious elite at the time Jesus lived on the earth. Most of them hated Jesus and were jealous of His popularity. They have no reason to defend any position Jesus took. In fact, they would do anything to destroy Jesus and any influence of His followers.

Question: Who did Jesus claimed to be?
Luk 5:20 Seeing their faith, He said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven you."
Luk 5:21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"
Luk 5:22 But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts?
Luk 5:23 "Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins have been forgiven you,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
Luk 5:24 "But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,"--He said to the paralytic--"I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home."

The Pharisees testify that Jesus claimed to be God.

Luk 22:66 When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying,
Luk 22:67 "If You are the Christ, tell us." But He said to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe;
Luk 22:68 and if I ask a question, you will not answer.
Luk 22:69 "But from now on THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD."
Luk 22:70 And they all said, "Are You the Son of God, then?" And He said to them, "Yes, I am."
Luk 22:71 Then they said, "What further need do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth."

The Pharisees testify that Jesus claimed to be the Christ and the Son of God.

Joh 10:24 The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, "How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly."
Joh 10:25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father's name, these testify of Me.
Joh 10:26 "But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.
Joh 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
Joh 10:28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
Joh 10:29 "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
Joh 10:30 "I and the Father are one."
Joh 10:31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him.
Joh 10:32 Jesus answered them, "I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?"
Joh 10:33 The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God."

The Pharisees testify that Jesus claimed to be God.

Joh 5:18 For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.
The Pharisees testify that Jesus claimed to be God.

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The testimony of the Old Testament Scriptures.
The court calls the Old Testament Scriptures to the stand. The Old Testament Scriptures are the part of the Word of God that was recorded in writing before Jesus was born into humanity. They prophesy about an upcoming Messiah, a King, God, Himself.

Question: Who did you predict Jesus to be?
Mat 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet [Isaiah], saying,
Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The Old Testament Scriptures testify that Jesus is God.

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The testimony of the Apostle John.
The court calls the Apostle John to the stand. John was one of the inner circle of 12 Apostles. He was actually one of the innermost circle of 3 Apostles (Peter, James and John).

Question: Who is Jesus?
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. - Word = God
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. - Word = Creator
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. - God = Creator
Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. - Jesus made the world - Jesus = Creator
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made 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. - Jesus = Word made Flesh, dwelled among us.

Conclusion: Word = God = Creator = Jesus
1Jn 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
The Apostle John testifies that Jesus is God.

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The testimony of the Apostle Paul.
The court calls the Apostle Paul to the stand. Paul was a Jewish Pharisee whom the Lord visited while Paul was on his way to Damascus to persecute followers of Jesus. Paul was no friend of Jesus until that encounter.

Question: Who is Jesus?
Col 2:9 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
1Ti 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Tit 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,

Paul testifies that Jesus is God.

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The testimony of Jesus.
The court calls Jesus to the stand.

Question: Who do You say You are?
Joh 5:23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that does not honor the Son does not honor the Father which sent him.
Exo 20:5 You shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Exo 34:14 For you shall worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Isa_42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Isa 48:11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another

Jesus would have been fully aware that by commanding men to honor Himself, He is equating Himself with the Father because God is a jealous God and commands that His glory is not to be shared.
Joh 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Joh 20:29 Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

If ever there was an opportunity for Jesus to rebuke someone for calling Him something that He was not, this is it. He clearly did not rebuke Thomas calling Jesus God, in fact, He commended Thomas for finally believing and commends even more those who haven't seen and yet believe.
Jesus testifies that Jesus is God.

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The testimony of God.
The court calls God to the stand.

Question: Who do You say Jesus is?
Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he says, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.
God testifies that Jesus is God.

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The "I AM"

The testimony of Moses and Jesus.
The court calls Moses to the stand.

Question: What did God call Himself when you asked Who He was?
Exo 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say to them?
Exo 3:14 And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, you say unto the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.

Here in Exodus and other Scriptures in the Old Testament, God clearly gives His Name to Moses - "I AM". By this name, I believe God is indicating that He IS and always IS. That is, He IS in the past, He IS in the present, and He IS in the future. He always was, is, and will be. To put it in other words, He is the Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8), the beginning and the end (Isa 44:6, 48:12).
All Jews of Jesus' time would have recognized this name for God because of the prominence of the verse above - Exo 3:14. They would have recognized it in Hebrew, Aremaic, Greek or any common language that they used.

The court now calls Jesus to the stand.

Question: Are you the I AM?
Now, I realize that the term "I am" is a regular phrase in every day speech. One would be likely to say "I am tired" or "I am hungry" or "I am a fire man"... Jesus used this phrase many times during His ministry on earth, but it is the way in which He used it that must have caused the Jews to recognize how He was using it this use of the phrase only added fuel to their belief that He was equating Himself with God.
Joh 6:35 And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst.
Joh 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life
Joh 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Joh 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.
Joh 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
Joh 18:4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said to them, Whom do you seek?
Joh 18:5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said to them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. - the word "he" is not in the original Greek. Jesus' response to them was "I am"
Joh 18:6 As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backwards, and fell to the ground.
Joh 18:7 Then asked he them again, Whom do you seek? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
Joh 18:8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: - again, the word "he" is not in the original Greek. Jesus' response to them was "I am". This is a particularly striking portion of Scripture. Jesus is clearly identifying Himself with "I AM" in my opinion. So much so, that in the first response, it causes the people who came for Him to fall down backward. There is no indication that Jesus or anyone else pushed them... they just fell backward because of the power of what He just said. It is like He gave a very small glimpse of His glory and power as a final warning for these people that they ought not do what they are intending to do. But, of course, they do and He lets them because it is the plan of the Father.
Joh 8:23 And he said to them, You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world.
Joh 8:24 Therefore, I said to you, that you shall die in your sins: for if you don't believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
- again, the word "he" is not in the original Greek.
Jesus testifies that He is the "I AM".

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The Saviour

The testimony of the Scriptures.
The court calls the Scriptures to the stand.

Question: Who is the Saviour? Please tell us plainly.
Tit 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
Isa_43:3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour: I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for you.
2Sa_22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.
Isa 45:15 Truly you are a God that hides yourself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
Luk_1:47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour.
1Ti_2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti_4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of those that believe.
Tit_1:3 But has in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed to me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
Tit_2:10 Not stealing, but showing all good faith; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Tit_3:4 But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Jud_1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Let it be known that the Scriptures testify that Saviour = God.

Question: Is Jesus the Saviour?
Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Luk 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Act 5:30-31 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed and hung on a tree. This One God has exalted to be a Ruler and Savior to His right hand in order to give repentance and remission of sins to Israel.
Act 13:23 Of this man's dependents, God has brought to Israel, according to His promise, a Savior, Jesus;
Php 3:20 For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which also we are looking for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
2Ti_1:10 But now is made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
Tit_1:4 To Titus, my own son in common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Tit_3:6 Which he has shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
2Pe_3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
1Jn_4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
1Ti_1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Heb_7:25 Therefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God by him, seeing he always lives to make intercession for them.

Let it be known that the Scriptures testify that Saviour = Jesus Christ.
Therefore, per the testimony of Scriptures, Savior = Jesus = God.

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The Father

The testimony of the Jesus.
The court calls Jesus to the stand.

Question: Are you equal to the Father? (It is very evident that the Father is God in the New and Old Testament and I will not take the time to document that here.)
Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.
Joh 14:9 Jesus said to him, Have I been with you so long and yet you have not known me, Philip? he that has seen me has seen the Father; and how do you say then, Show us the Father?
Joh 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak to you I don't speak of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works.
Joh 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

Jesus plainly testifies that He and the Father are one. Therefore, Jesus = Father = God. Now, as to how this can be, I have no idea and probably don't have the ability to comprehend: All I know is that is what God has revealed about Himself - that God is the Father, Son, and Spirit otherwise commonly referred to as the Trinity.

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The Alpha and Omega

The testimony of the Jesus.
The court calls Jesus to the stand.

Question: Are you the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last?
Let us first remind ourselves what the Old Testament says about the first and last:
Isa 44:6 Thus says the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Isa 48:12 Listen to me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
Now, onto Jesus' testimony:
Rev 1:7 Behold, he [Jesus] comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Rev 2:8 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things says the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

God testifies to us through His prophet Isaiah that He is the first and the last. Jesus and John tell us that Jesus is the Alpha and Omega (the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet), Jesus is the beginning and the end, and Jesus is the first and the last. Jesus is obviously being equated to the Lord, God Almighty.

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Worshiped

The testimony of Jesus.
The court calls Jesus to the stand.

Question: Are you to be worshiped?
Every knee will bow to Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But emptied himself, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
His disciples worshiped Jesus:
Mat 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Luk 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Luk 24:52 And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
And Jesus did not rebuke them when they worshiped Him as He should have if He was not God. Consider how an angel rebuked John for falling down to worship before him:
Rev 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things.
Rev 22:9 Then he said to me, See that you do not do it: for I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
Col 2:18 Let no man rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshiping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he hath seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Jesus clearly believed that worship belonged to God only as He quotes the Old Testament when arguing with Satan:
Mat 4:9 And [Satan] said to him [Jesus], All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, Go away, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.

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Son of God, Son of Man

Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man in many, many places in the recorded gospels. Jesus also referred to Himself as the Son of God. Many of His Apostles referred to Him as the Son of God also. Even the devils referred to Jesus as the Son of God. What does it mean to be the Son of man and the Son of God? Does this mean that Jesus was a Descendent of a particular man or a Descendent of God? It can be concluded from the above testimonies that Jesus is God. It also can be concluded that a historical Jesus walked this earth as a man. He was the unique blend of man and God - He was/is the God-man. That is, He was fully God and fully man at the same time. How? I have no idea, but I accept it because God plainly says it happened. So, in a sense, Jesus is the Son of man (no a man, but mankind in general) and the Son of God both.

The testimony considering Jesus to be the Son of Man.

If it pleases the court, we will dismiss any argument that Jesus is the Son of Man as it is very plain that Jesus refers to Himself as the Son of Man by numerous references found in Scripture.

The testimony considering Jesus to be the Son of Man.
The court calls Jesus, the angels, His disciples, a Roman centurian, the Jews, Satan, and devils to the stand.

Question: Is Jesus the Son of God?
Jesus calls Himself the Son of God in John 3:18, 5:25, 10:36, 11:4, Luk 22:70, Rev2:18
The angels refer to Jesus as the Son of God in Luk 1:35
His disciples called Him the Son of God in Mat 14:33, Mar 1:1, Joh 1:34, 49, 20:31,Acts 8:37, 9:20, Rom 1:4, 2Co 1:19, Gal 2:20, Eph 4:13, Heb 4:14, 6:6, 10:29, 1Jn 3:8, 4:15, 5:5, 5:10-13, 5:20
The Roman centurian called Jesus the Son of God in Mat 27:43
The Jews said that Jesus said that He was the Son of God in Mat 26:63, 27:40,43, Joh 19:7
Satan implies that Jesus called Himself the Son of God in Mat 4:3,6, Luk 4:3,9
The devils called Jesus the Son of God in Mat 8:29, Mar 3:11, Luk 4:41, 8:28

Of these, I want to highlight what Jesus' enemies (the devils) thought of Him since they would be his biggest critics. If anyone wanted to deny the diety of Christ, it would certainly have to be the devils:
Luk 4:33 And in the synagogue there was a man which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,
Luk 4:34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with you Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are; the Holy One of God.
Mar 5:1 And they came over to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
Mar 5:2 And when he came out of the ship, immediately from out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit met him.
Mar 5:3 Who dwelt in the tombs; and no man could bind him; no, not with chains:
Mar 5:4 Because he was often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the fetters were broken in pieces and no man could tame him.
Mar 5:5 Night and day he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
Mar 5:6 But when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him,
Mar 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I charge you by God, that you not torment me.

The devils testify that Jesus is the Holy One of God and the Son of God.

The defense rests.

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The prosecution.

Question: Why should the court believe what Jesus says?
Answer: Jesus can only be one of three things:

  1. He is a liar. It is extremely inconsistent of Jesus to have taught the high moral standards that He taught and violate them in the biggest way possible Himself. So inconsistent that it would be impossible. Why would He choose to die for a lie?
  2. He is out of His mind. Jesus did not exhibit the behavior of a lunatic.
  3. He is Who He said He is.
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Question: Why should I believe what the the Bible says about Jesus?
Answer: The Bible can only be one of three things:

  1. It is is true.
  2. It is a fable. If it is a fable, then the Apostles and generations immediately following and up to this day have risked their lives and many have died for what would have been easily exposed as a lie. If it were a fable, then the Christian movement should have been extinguished immediately after Christ died. Why would the Apostles propagate lies at the risk of their own lives especially considering that, if it were a fable, the Hero of their "made up fables" is dead. In addition to this, they paint a very poor picture of themselves (having Jesus call them faithless, they, themselves admitting to many faults of their own) and rather, elevate the Hero. It is not logical or conceivable that the movement would have gone anywhere if it were a fable. There would have been too many people around who could have disputed the record, but we have no such record of dispute. Think about it: Would you risk your life and ask those who you discipled to risk their lives for a lie? They would be not only suicidal, but also responsible for the murders of thousands who follow them. This would not be consistent at all with the values that they were teaching. Perhaps they were a bunch of lunatics. They exhibited no other signs that they were lunatics. Lunatics in our day attract a small crowd made up of the fringes of our society for a short period of time and then the melt into obscurity. Christianity has been around for over 2000 years with billions of followers through those years... do we really think that they were all dumb and that we are finally smart enough to have figured out it was a fable all along? I believe that you give too much credit to our generation.
  3. It is a combination of truth and fables. This is also highly unlikely for the same reasons given for it being a fable.

Consider the evidence, think and judge for yourselves who Jesus of Nazareth is. The evidence overwhelmingly points to the fact that He was/is God.

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