Did Jesus Ever Claim That He Was God?

Did Jesus ever claim that He was God?

I heard the words of a famous Bible teacher who actually said, “Jesus never claimed to be God”. We can look at the words recorded in the Gospels to see if that is true.

First, lets look at the passages that tell us about the deity of Christ, in an indirect way. One of them is found in Mark 2: 1-11. I am not going to put this whole passage here for the sake of saving space, but you can go to it by going to this web site: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+2&version=ESV  (please let me know if you have any problems opening up this page.)

It is a situation where a paralyzed man is being taken to a house in which Jesus is inside. They have to go through the roof to get to Jesus because there were too many people in the entrance. There were Pharisees and Scribes (the religious leaders of that day) sitting inside the house when the man was lowered from the roof into the house. Jesus noticed the faith of those who were bringing this man into the house for healing. But instead of telling the man that he was healed, the first thing Jesus said to the paralyzed man was that his sins are forgiven. When the Pharisees and Scribes heard these words, they began to react by saying that ‘only God can forgive sins’. They said that Jesus was blaspheming God because He said the paralytic man’s sins were forgiven. Basically, Jesus was saying that He was God.

Let’s take another situation that happened when Jesus was in court. Here is another blasphemy charge against Him. The high priest asked Jesus, under oath to God, to tell if He were the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus said that they would see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of glory. The high priest and those around knew what that meant. They knew Jesus was claiming to be God. So they charged Him with blasphemy. Of course, if He weren’t God, they would have charged Him correctly. But they knew who He was claiming to be and they decided to crucify Him over that.


But let’s take a look at a passage of Scripture where Jesus actually does make a claim to be God. Again, this would take up way too much space to put in this blog, so I will post a link that you can go to in order to find this episode. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%206&version=ESV

This story starts with Jesus feeding a multitude of people with five loaves of bread and two fish. That would make a nice meal for about five people maybe, but we are talking about five-thousand people here that were fed as Jesus prayed over the loaves of bread and fish and the food multiplied so that everyone was fed and there was even some leftover.

The next day, the people looked for Jesus and found Him. He taught them that He was the Bread of Life. The people weren’t coming though, because they wanted to learn about God. They were coming because they were well fed the day before! They began to argue about what Jesus was teaching, and were not happy with what they were hearing. So there was much tension in this discussion. Many of them left Jesus at this point.

Now we are at the Feast of Booths. Jesus is continuing to teach about Himself, and the people aren’t happy about what they are hearing. Notice how they were open to taking the food that Jesus provided them with, but when they hear the teachings from Him, they are finding this very hard. So they are defending their righteousness before Him, and saying that they are Abraham’s children. They basically believe they are on God’s side. Jesus explained to them that they were enslaved to sin and that He could set them free. He continued to teach them who He is, but they did not want to receive His teachings anymore. But then, they want to know exactly who Jesus is, so they ask Him. In John chapter 8, we have this discussion. The Jews at this point think that Jesus has a demon, and they ask Him this important question, “Who do you make yourself out to be?”. This part of the discussion is centered on Abraham, who is the Father of the Jews. Jesus explained to them that Abraham was happy to see His day. This was too much for the people to handle, because in their minds, Abraham was long gone and there was no way he could rejoice to see the day when Jesus was here. So, what was Jesus trying to say? It is all in this statement right here, which comes from Exodus 3:14 “Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was, I am”. What was the significance of that statement. The Jews knew what it meant. In Exodus 3:14, Here is what God told Moses when Moses was asking God what should he call Him. This is what God said, God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” (ESV) And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’ After Jesus said ‘Before Abraham was, I am’, the Jews picked up stones to stone Him with. The Jews are not going to pick up stones and stone a person to death just because they were angry with him or her. They knew better than that. They would be violating God’s commandments if they did that. But they believed they were justified in doing that because Jesus claimed to be God, and that would be considered blasphemy, a crime worthy of being stoned for.

So, the answer to the question above, ‘Did Jesus ever claim that He was God’ is obvious. There are indirect ways to see the deity of Christ in Scriptures, but there are direct ways as well.

More on this at a later date….


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