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Jesus did not beat around bush when talking about who He was. He made it very clear that He was Son of God. Time after time He refers to fact that He is God's Son or that He should be treated as such.
When Jesus performed His miracles in cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum people rejected Him. They did not recognize Him as Son of God. Jesus therefore reproached or condemned them for their disbelief. In account of this in Matthew Jesus tells us specifically that all authority has been given to Him: "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father..." (Matthew 11:27a)
If indeed Jesus is Son of God, and has authority and power over all things, then we - creation of God - should give honor and praise to Jesus. Jesus taught this to His disciples: "that all should honor Son just as they honor Father. He who does not honor Son does not honor Father who sent Him." (John 5:23) John 3:16 tells us that God loved us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to this earth so that those who believed in Him could have eternal life. For God to do this for us, and for us to not give Jesus honor due Him would be a terrible thing. Jesus also told us many things about Himself that shows that He is Son of God. He said that He was sent by His Father into world (John 8:42). He said that He had been appointed judge over all mankind (Matthew 25:31-41). He said that only way man can receive salvation, only way to Father was through Him (John 14:6). Jesus told us that His blood was shed for remission of sins for many, or for all that accept Him as Lord and Savior (Matthew 26:28). And finally, Jesus said that He could submit Himself to die and raise from dead under His own power (John 10:18).
In a court of law, if there are two witness who will confirm same set of facts to be true, it is very difficult for apposing attorneys to disprove their testimony. In fifth chapter of John we have recorded for us not two, but four forms of witness concerning fact that Jesus is Son of God. In verses 31-35 we have witness of John Baptist, in verse 36 there is witness of works of Christ, in verses 37 and 38 we have witness of Father, and in verses 39 through 47 we have witness of Scriptures.
In like manner, four gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - also bear witness to life, ministry, death, burial, resurrection, and deity of Jesus Christ.
"When Jesus came into region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, 'Who do men say that I, Son of Man, am?' So they said, 'Some say John Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of prophets.' He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' And Simon Peter answered and said, 'You are Christ, Son of living God.'" (Matthew 16:13-16) Even today people will say that Jesus was someone other than Son of God. Some say He was a good man, but not Son of God. Others will say He was a prophet, a great teacher, or a great religious leader but reject Him as Son of God. Still others say that He was an impostor, or even from Satan. If Jesus is really Son of God (and He is), then we should follow His teachings and obey His gospel. So important question for you is not who do others say that He is, but who do you say that Jesus is? I say that Jesus is Christ, Son of living God.
One of most beautiful parts of Bible, in my opinion, are places where Jesus is called by various names. All these names point to or show that He is God's Son. Let me give you some examples of these beautiful names.
"And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." (Revelation 19:16)
"I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in churches. I am Root and Offspring of David, Bright and Morning Star." (Revelation 22:16)
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away sin of world!'" (John 2:29)
"This is stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become chief cornerstone." (Acts 4:11)
"But one of elders said to me, 'Do not weep. Behold, Lion of tribe of Judah, Root of David, has prevailed to open scroll and to loose its seven seals.'" (Revelation 5:5)
I am closing this article with a passage from Old Testament. It does not speak about Jesus specifically, but I feel that message is still applicable. "...choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my house, we will serve Lord." (Joshua 24:15)
All scriptures quoted are from New King James Version unless otherwise noted.
Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.
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