GOD OR FRAUD? DID JESUS CLAIM TO BE GOD? IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY? DID JESUS CLAIM TO BE GOD? IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY?

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GOD OR FRAUD? DID JESUS CLAIM TO BE GOD? IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY? DID JESUS CLAIM TO BE GOD? IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY? Slide 2 John 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Slide 3 HAVING SHOWN GOOD ARGUMENTS GODS EXISTENCE THE BIBLES TRUSTWORTHINESS POSSIBILITY OF MIRACLES THE OCCURRENCE OF PROPHECY THE HISTORY OF THE RESURRECTION GODS EXISTENCE THE BIBLES TRUSTWORTHINESS POSSIBILITY OF MIRACLES THE OCCURRENCE OF PROPHECY THE HISTORY OF THE RESURRECTION Slide 4 WHO DID JESUS SAY HE WAS? THE MESSIAH QUESTION. The word messiah comes from the Hebrew word for anointed one. The word Christ is derived from the translation of messiah into Greek. THE MESSIAH QUESTION. The word messiah comes from the Hebrew word for anointed one. The word Christ is derived from the translation of messiah into Greek. Slide 5 WHEN JESUS ARRIVED MANY JEWS WONDERED IF HE WAS THE MESSIAH PROMISED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. Most people by this time believed in a political messiah who would free Israel from the oppression of the Romans. WHEN JESUS ARRIVED MANY JEWS WONDERED IF HE WAS THE MESSIAH PROMISED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. Most people by this time believed in a political messiah who would free Israel from the oppression of the Romans. Slide 6 JESUS WAS VIEWED BY HIS AUDIENCE THROUGH A LENS DISTORTED BY MISUNDERSTOOD PROPHECIES AND UNWARRANTED EXPECTATIONS JESUS APPEARED, IN THE END, TO BE COMPLETELY DISQUALIFIED FROM BEING CONSIDERED MESSIAH. JESUS WAS VIEWED BY HIS AUDIENCE THROUGH A LENS DISTORTED BY MISUNDERSTOOD PROPHECIES AND UNWARRANTED EXPECTATIONS JESUS APPEARED, IN THE END, TO BE COMPLETELY DISQUALIFIED FROM BEING CONSIDERED MESSIAH. Slide 7 JESUS NEVER SAID I AM GOD. It is true that in scripture we never see Jesus say the words I am God but this does not mean that Jesus did not claim to be God. In the 1 st century, to say I am God would be almost meaningless. Even Roman Emperors were ascribed or claimed deity themselves. It is true that in scripture we never see Jesus say the words I am God but this does not mean that Jesus did not claim to be God. In the 1 st century, to say I am God would be almost meaningless. Even Roman Emperors were ascribed or claimed deity themselves. Slide 8 What Jesus did do was claim to be a very specific God to a very specific people in a very specific way. And the way He made His claims was very unmistakable to those people. What Jesus did do was claim to be a very specific God to a very specific people in a very specific way. And the way He made His claims was very unmistakable to those people. Slide 9 With that in mind, Jesus claimed to be the God of the OT. He made this claim in ways that would be considered blasphemous if He were, in fact, not God. He also made this claim by exercising prerogatives that belong to God alone, such as forgiving sins and accepting worship. With that in mind, Jesus claimed to be the God of the OT. He made this claim in ways that would be considered blasphemous if He were, in fact, not God. He also made this claim by exercising prerogatives that belong to God alone, such as forgiving sins and accepting worship. Slide 10 BLASPHEMY? One of the best indicators of who Jesus claimed to be is the response of His audiences. Their reaction to His words is very helpful in understanding the content of His words. Slide 11 John 8:52-59 The Jews said to him, Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be? 54 Jesus answered, If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, He is our God. 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad. 57 So the Jews said to him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am. 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. Slide 12 Leviticus 24:16 Whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him. Slide 13 OTHER EXAMPLES John 10:30-33 I and the Father are one. 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God. John 10:30-33 I and the Father are one. 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God. Slide 14 John 5:16-18 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, My Father is working until now, and I am working.18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. Slide 15 Matthew 26:63-66 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God. 64 Jesus said to him, You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven. 65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your judgment? They answered, He deserves death. Slide 16 The very specific words that Jesus used and the reaction of His audience confirm that Jesus claimed to be God of the bible. Jesus did not correct their understanding of the law which declared that blasphemers must be executed. Rather He tried to correct their misunderstanding if His identity. The very specific words that Jesus used and the reaction of His audience confirm that Jesus claimed to be God of the bible. Jesus did not correct their understanding of the law which declared that blasphemers must be executed. Rather He tried to correct their misunderstanding if His identity. Slide 17 THE FORGIVING OF SINS Jesus also claimed to be the God of the bible in implicit ways. These ways have to do with Jesus claiming rights, privileges, and powers that belong to God alone. The forgiving of sins was one of these. Jesus also claimed to be the God of the bible in implicit ways. These ways have to do with Jesus claiming rights, privileges, and powers that belong to God alone. The forgiving of sins was one of these. Slide 18 Mark 2:3-12 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Son, your sins are forgiven. 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone? Slide 19 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Rise, take up