“I and the Father are one.” Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
John 10:30-33 (NIV)
This spoken word poem by Preston Perry is one that needs to be played again and again because some people just refuse to believe. But hey, the Jews of His time didn’t believe it when He said it to their faces, so why would we expect the people of today to be any different, that they would simply accept the Word that we preach to them. But it’s the truth…
Jesus IS God.
Many people of other religions and beliefs think that Jesus was just a man, but here’s the difference between our God and the leaders of other religions. He Lives! Jesus was dead and buried, but one the third day, He rose from the grave. No man can do that but God.
Jesus is what primarily separates Christians from Jews and Muslims. While all three religions have their origin in the same region, and worship the same God the Father, Jews and Muslims think that Jesus was a mere man, a prophet. But we know that He is God wrapped in flesh. Linger on that for a moment. God came down from Heaven, became a man like you and me. He walked with us, ate and drank with us, fellowshipped with us, died on the cross only to defy death three days later so that we could one day be reunited with Him in Heaven. God did that. Not a measly man.
This is why many Christians also identify themselves as believers. Because we believe that Jesus is Lord.
The Bible reinforces that Jesus IS God countless times, starting in the very first book when God said to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15). Other versions use the word “seed” instead of “offspring.” What’s peculiar about this verse is that we know that the seed doesn’t come from the woman, but the man. This is not a typo here. God is already prophesying the coming of Jesus. Because only Jesus was born of a virgin, conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18). If He was born of man, He would’ve been born into sin, thus He could not have been God, He could not have died for our sins.
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’)” (Matthew 1:23).
I’ll leave you with this verse quoted in the poem: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 John 5:7; KJV). We know from last week that Jesus is also the Word of God (John 1:1; 14). Sometimes we say: the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. It’s all the same. God divided himself into three: the Father in Heaven, the Son who is also the Word and is our way into Heaven, and the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit, that Counselor who lives within all of us (Acts 1:4-5).