Who Is Jesus?

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, January 6, 2014 2 comments

“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,’Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’” (Matthew 16:13-16)

This confession from Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, is a foundational truth about who Jesus is. But there is so much more than that! In this blog post, we’ll look at a variety of Bible passages that show us the truth about who Jesus is.

John 1:1-4 tells us that Jesus (referred to as ‘the Word’ in this passage) was with God in the beginning and was involved in the creation of the world: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” Shortly after that, in John 1:14, we see that: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

We see from this first chapter of the gospel of John that Jesus is God, and that Jesus is also human. Jesus was (and is) God, and He became flesh and lived among us. Jesus is fully God, and yet He is fully man. How can that be? Well, let’s look at some more verses that show each of these attributes.

We see that Jesus is fully God because:

He knows everything (omniscience): Luke 11:17, John 4:29
He is everywhere (omnipresence): Matthew 18:20, Matthew 28:20, Acts 18:10
He is all powerful (omnipotence): Matthew 8:26-27, John 11:38-44, Luke 7:14-15, Revelation 1:8
He is life, and doesn’t depend on anything else for it: John 14:6, John 8:58
He is the Creator: John 1:3, Colossians 1:16
He is ruler over everything: Matthew 28:18, Revelation 19:16
He doesn’t have a beginning or an end: John 8:58, John 1:1
Everything that God is, Jesus is. Therefore, Jesus is fully God.

We see that Jesus is fully human because:

He was born as a baby from a human mother: Luke 2:7, Galatians 4:4
He was tired: John 4:6
He was hungry and thirsty: Matthew 4:2, John 19:28
He had human emotions: Matthew 8:10, John 11:35
He prayed to God, just like we need to: Mark 1:35
Jesus lived on this earth just like we do, therefore He is fully human.
There are more passages that would give even more support, but suffice it to say that we can clearly see that Jesus is both fully God and fully human. But why is this important? Watch for next week’s blogs for the answer!


Myron Shank, M.D., Ph.D. said...

Would you not agree that the most important reason that we see Jesus as God is because he said that he was.
(John 8:58-59)
Jesus said to them, "Truely, truely, I am saying to you, before Abraham came into being, I am."
Therefore, they picked up stones in order that they might throw at him; but Jesus was hidden and escaped out of the sacred place. Having passed through the middle of them; and was passing by after that.
(John 10:30-39)
"I and the father are one [i.e., the same]." The Jews therefore picked up stones again, in order that they might stone him. Jesus responded, "Many good works I showed to you, out of the Father, because of which work of these are you stoning me?" The Jews responded to him, saying, "About a good work we are not stoning you, but about blasphemy, and that you being a man are making yourself God." Jesus responded to them, "Is it not having been written in the law of you [i.e., your own law] that 'I said you are Gods?' If he called gods, to whom the word of the God came, and the writing is not able to be broken, the one whom the Father hallowed and sent into the world, are you saying, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am son of the God'? If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me; but if I am doing [them], even if you might not believe me, believe the works, in order that you should know that the Father is in me and I in the Father." Therefore, they were seeking [or plotting against] him again to grab [or arrest] and he escaped out of their hand.

Katie said...

Myron, yes I would agree with that. We see Jesus as God because He said He was, and we see Jesus as human because He said He was. As I pointed out, there are multiple other verses that prove both of these natures, along with what Jesus said.