To know who Jesus really IS, we must know who He WAS when He came
to this earth nearly 2,000 years ago. Was He God Himself? A
special being created by God? Or was He a mere man with
extraordinary self-control and a highly developed conscience? Was
He an angel? The Messiah? An impostor? Who Jesus WAS is the key to
who He really IS?
When the angel spoke to Joseph in a dream, he told him
who the baby really was that would be born to his wife Mary. Who
Jesus once asked His disciples, "Whom do men say that I
the Son of man am? They told Him what others had been saying about
Him. What was their answer?
What question was put to Jesus as He was on trial before
the Council of Elders?
Jesus once said to the Jews, "I and my Father are one."
What was their response?
What reason did the Jews give to wanting to stone Jesus? John 10:33
A PROPHECY FULFILLED:
107:23-30 carefully. Then read
Matthew 8:23-27 carefully also. Check back
and forth to see how many things match up in these two passages.
Psalm 107 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Matthew
The word "LORD" in Psalm 107 is translated from the
Hebrew word "YHWH"
verse 23 . . . . . . entering
ships . . . . . . . . . . . verse
verse 24 . . . . . . see
works of LORD. . . . . .
verse 25 . . . . . . waves
rise . . . . . . . . . . . . .
verse 26 . . . . . . fear .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
verse 28 . . . . . . cry for
help . . . . . . . . . . . .
verse 28 . . . . . .
deliverance. . . . . . . . . . . . .
verse 29 . . . . . . storm is
stilled . . . . . . . . . . verse
This is the personal covenant name of God in the Old Testament. By
stilling the storm, Jesus did something that the Old Testament
described as the power of God Himself. John
6:16-21 contains the
story of Jesus walking on the water. In the book of Job, God is
described as the one who walks on the water. He it is
"which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves
of the sea.
Job 9:8. Actions speak louder than
words. What more powerful evidence could Jesus have given His
disciples that the voice which called them from their fishing nets
was more than the voice of a mere man? Still, they marvelled,
saying, "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the
sea obey him!"
Matthew 8:27. They had not
yet seen ALL of the power in the voice of Jesus.
What did the disciples later see result from Jesus'
Helps and hints: This was no operating table
resurrection. Lazarus had been dead for four days. Many have
sought to discredit the miracles of Jesus as myths or even frauds.
Many of these are willing to accept Jesus as a good man, but not as
God. And that is the real basis of their disbelief.
When the other disciples told Thomas that they had seen
Jesus after His resurrection, how did Thomas respond?
How did Thomas respond after seeing Jesus with his own
What was the apostle John's purpose for writing his
gospel of the life of Jesus Christ?
Helps and hints: John did not hide his basic
intention. He makes it clear that he wasnts us to believe in Jesus
even as he himself believed in Him, as the Son of the living God.
He did not make up stories to convince us of something he did not
believe to be true. He gave his witness of that which he knew to
be true, that those who accept that witness could also receive
How did Jesus differ from the Old Testament priests?
Helps and hints: the same Jesus who hung on the
cross at Calvary ministers to our needs from the heavenly sanctuary
today. Jesus came to this earth as the God of this universe
clothed in human flesh. He is no less God today. Who He WAS is
the key to who He IS, as it says in
Hebrews 13:8, ""Jesus Christ the
same yesterday, and today, and forever."
The texts chosen for this lesson are but a portion of the Bible's
witness concerning the divine nature of Jesus Christ. Listed below
are other verses (some even more well known) that are important
testimony in this matter. It would be well worth the time to study
each of them carefully.
John 1:1-3,14. . . . . .
Jesus identified as Creator
Isaiah 9:6. . . . . . . . . .
Jesus shares titles with God the Father
5:2 . . . . . . . . . Jesus described as
Colossians 2:8,9. . . .
.Jesus had the fullnes of God within Him
Philippians 2:5-8 . . .
. Jesus had legitimate right to equality
Hebrews 1:8-10. . . . .Jesus identified as God the Creator
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