Is Jesus Christ Relevant Today?
The Gospel of John was written to point to believers and non-believers that Jesus was God. Many in the past and present may have proclaimed to be God in some form or another, but none have been able to support their claim while in the world or from the grave. The Bible prophesied His coming hundreds of years before He was born of a virgin, carried out His ministry, and suffered and died on the cross for the sins of the world. This Gospel was written by the Apostle John sometime around 80 to 90 AD. He was the last living disciple of the twelve, and as stated it was John’s desire to reveal Jesus’ true identity which we shall also explore.
In John 1:1-3 he says, 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 Nothing was made
John’s very first sentence begins the book proclaiming Jesus’ deity. Other examples from John are: John 1:14, 8:23
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. (John 8:23)
My Father has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of My hand. I and the Father are one. (John 10:29-30)
Jesus was before beginning of time
Jesus was with and in God from before the beginning of our dimension of time was created. He came to us as Paul said in Colossians 2:9, He was fully God and fully man. Paul also told the Colossians in In 2:19-20, For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of the cross.
Jesus came as God in the flesh and lived among people in Matthew 1:21-22 an angel appearing to Mary’s husband, Joseph, in a dream that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and this would be a fulfillment of the words of the Lord spoken through the prophet Isaiah that He would be born of a virgin and His name would be Immanuel, meaning God with us. This was Gods plan from the beginning so that He would draw all men back to Himself. To reconcile us or restore our relationship with Him that we might have fellowship with God as it was in the garden.
All men who point to themselves as Gods or His special revelation are men all that came after Him proclaiming the same are men. All that came before Him are in their graves leaving their bones behind. And all those that came after Him their bones are in the grave. Jesus died according to the Scriptures, rose and left nothing behind. There is no grave because He has risen and is alive. He dwells in all those that believe in Him. He manifests Himself through His own so as to draw all men and women to Himself. And, He is Immanuel, God with us.
The Apostle John spoke of the deity of Jesus Christ, but others before John spoke of Jesus and his deity. Turn to Isaiah chapter 53.
Isaiah 53:1-12 (NKJV)
1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked– But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6).
All of this was prophesied from God to Isaiah over 700 years before Jesus was conceived. This was Gods plan fulfilled. Jesus came and the next event on His spiritual calendar is His return.
Jesus Proclaims His Identity
Again, John spoke of the deity of Jesus, but Jesus also proclaimed His deity. To understand How Jesus proclaimed His Deity we must look at Exodus 3:13-15.
Exodus 3:13-15 (NKJV)
Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” Moreover, God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.
God said, “this is My Name forever. I Am is His name. Jesus has the same name “I Am” and identified Himself as such in the New Testament. This brought great consternation to the Jewish leaders of His day. To point to Himself as God was considered blasphemy as it is today by the Jewish faith. This was the reason the Jewish leaders sought to crucify Him.
There are seven verses in John where Jesus proclaimed He was God among us. The first is John 6:35.
John 6:35 (NKJV)
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Jesus is the bread who gives us life and preserves us from death
John 8:12 (NKJV)
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Jesus is light and in Him there is no sin. He draws all to Himself and saves them from their sins that we may have life in Him and not die in our sin.
John 10:7-9 (NKJV)
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
Jesus our Lord will provide for us protect us and give us rest for we have been saved.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep
A shepherd will protect his flock at the expense of his life and Jesus our shepherd laid down His life for us at the cross. This why Jesus said no one can snatch you out of His hand because you belong to Him.
John 14:6 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
There is absolutely no other way to God but by Jesus. To enter any other way is false.
John 15:5 (NKJV)
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
In John 15:1 Jesus says, “I am the true vine.” When we receive salvation we go through the sanctification process by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us that we might abide in Christ, which means to dwell, and be made more and more in the image of Christ. Without Him we can do nothing. We can only bear Godly fruit through Him. (Galatians 5:22-23)
John 11:25-26 (NKJV)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Lastly, Jesus rose and the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead will raise us up to be with Him on our last day. The promise of eternity with our Lord and Savior.
Jesus was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Jewish leaders f His day were incensed by this. In John 8:59 Jesus declared His deity to them with a powerful statement.
John 8:58-59 (NKJV)
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Jesus and His Many Miracles
He was filled with the power of God. He raised Lazarus from the dead. Also, He gave the blind their sight. He healed the sick. He healed lepers. There were seven miracles that were recorded but John said this in 21:25.
John 21:24-25 (NKJV)
This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.
What an amazing statement! This was God dwelling amongst us. There were so many miracles and other things that Jesus said and did that there wouldn’t be enough books to put them in. So my question to you is: WHO DO YOU SAY THAT HE IS?
This was the question that Jesus put to Peter and the others.
Mark 8:27-29 (NKJV)
Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”
Your eternity depends on the answer to this question. “Who do you say that I am.” Do we not here the same answers of who Jesus was in our day. Some say He was a great teacher. Others say He was a prophet. Others say he was a very compassionate and full of wisdom, but by our study they would be wrong. He is the resurrection and the life. If you do not know Him ask Him to open the eyes of your heart that you also may believe. Tell Him you want Him to live His life through you. Jesus is alive.
John 20:24-29 (NKJV)
Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side.
Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
OPEN THE EYES OF MY HEART LORD
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