Is Jesus Human? (Part 1)

Jesus and Disciples

There is, and has been for centuries, a great debate about the humanity of Jesus Christ. The implications of the Son of God becoming human are as amazing as they are intense. Did God actually become “flesh and blood?” Did God humble Himself to be born like the humans He Created? Did God spend 12 years as a child and 7 years as a teenager? Did God call a woman “mother” and a man “father?” Did God sleep at night and wake in the morning? Did God eat breakfast with his mother and father and brothers and sisters? Did God play with his siblings and friends in his village? Did God attend His local synagogue and hear religious leaders read and teach about Him from the Old Testament? Did God work in a carpentry shop with His step-father as He was growing up? Did God go to a man named John to be baptized in the Jordan River? Did God call men to follow Him and learn how to be His disciples? Did God walk the dusty streets and roads of Israel preaching to fellow Jews about salvation? Did God allow men to beat Him and nail Him to a Cross? Did God die on that Cross? Did men bury God in a tomb? Did God rise from the dead? Did God show Himself to His followers after His Resurrection? Did God eat food with His disciples and spend time teaching them about His Kingdom before He ascended back to Heaven? Did God really do these things? Is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, also human? Really?

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Is Jesus God? (Part 16)

Christ on His Throne

It’s one thing to claim to be something – it’s another to be consistent in your claim. It is clear from the language and intent of the Gospel accounts of what Jesus said about Himself that He claimed to be God. Some have said that Jesus was a liar or a lunatic. Others have said that Jesus was simply a legend of the Christian church. I used to believe that – that Jesus was just a legend. I now believe He is Lord.

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Is Jesus God? (Part 15)

Christ on His Throne

In our last study, we saw that the phrase “the Son of Man” was Jesus’ favorite description of Himself. The Gospel writers quoted Jesus using the phrase to describe Himself more than 80 times. Interestingly, that phrase is not found in any of the Apostles’ letters. The only other person to use the phrase was Stephen in Acts 7:55-56 as a description of his vision of Heaven – “But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, ‘Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” That remark by Stephen led to his death by stoning. Jews in the 1st Century A.D. understood that Stephen was claiming that Jesus, Who they had murdered, was alive in Heaven and the Son of Man from Daniel’s vision centuries earlier.

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Is Jesus God? (Part 13)

 

Christ on His Throne

In our last study, we saw that the Apostle Paul’s teaching about the Deity of Jesus Christ never changed during his lengthy ministry. Paul believed and taught that Jesus is God. Now, to what may be the biggest issue facing Christians defending the Faith.  Did Jesus claim to be God? Atheists and agnostics, cultists and liberals say that Jesus never claimed to be God – that the doctrine of Deity surrounding Christ was something His followers made up to make the Gospel more appealing to the superstitious masses of the 1st Century. Is that true?

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Is Jesus God? (Part 12)

Christ on His Throne

In our last study, we saw the importance of Paul’s first recorded sermon in Acts 13:16-41. From a theological viewpoint, we can look at that sermon as Paul’s foundational argument for the doctrines of Christology and Soteriology. From an apologetic viewpoint, this sermon details Paul’s grounds for Faith Defense in the early years of his public ministry. We might call it the “base line” of his apologia.

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