- was born an infant (Luke 2:7);
- grew up after the manner of all children (Luke 2:39-51);
- grew up physically, intellectually and socially through childhood to adulthood (Luke 2:52); hungered for food and thirsted (Matt 4:2;John 4:7) ;
- experienced weariness (John 4:6); needed sleep (Matt 8:24);
- felt sorrow and grief; wept (Luke 19:41; John 11:35);
- physically died (John 19:33);
- was physically resurrected from the dead as the ‘firstfruits ” (1 Cor 15:20-23) prefiguring the resurrection of all believers in Christ (Matt 28:1-8; Luke 24:36-43; John 20:24-29 ; 1 Cor 15:4-7).
3. Jesus Christ’s Divinity (Deity)
False religions and cults seek to deny that Christ was and is fully God.
Some false religions or cults acknowledge that Christ was a real, historical person – but they deny that He is God. Other groups teach that Christ was a “spirit-being” who “worked his way’.’ to “godhood”, and claim that other people can do the same through their “good works”. Many bound i n false religions consider Jesus to be a mystic or great teacher; but they do not accept what Jesus, the Son of God, actually taught.
Any religion, person or teaching that denies that Jesus Christ is fully God is false and in error.
There can be no doubt from the biblical record that Jesus was – and is – God. By contrast, the founders of other religions are considered significant by their followers because of their teachings. However, none of them ever claimed to be God; nor did they perform the kind of works that would prove such a claim to be true. Only Jesus Christ has made this claim and proved it through His life, ministry, teachings, sacrificial death, and subsequent resurrection.
It is important to remember that Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, was not created by God. Rather, Jesus Christ:
- Is part of the Trinity, and is coeternal and coexistent with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1,2; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor 3:17,18);
- Is eternal (Mic 5:2);
- Was before Abraham (John 8:58);
- Was active at the creation of the universe (John 1:1-3; Col 1:16,17; Heb 1:2,10);
- Existed before that creation (John 17:5,24);
- Continues forever (Heb 1:8,11; Isa 9:6; Rev 1:11);
- Is unchanging (Heb 13:8);
- Is ever-present with us (Matt 28:20).
Biblical Proof That Jesus Christ Is God
During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ claimed to be God (John 5:18; 8:58; 10:30). Mark 2:5-12 reveals that Jesus forgave a paralytic’s sins; then, to prove that He had the right and power to do so as God, Jesus Christ healed him. Jesus Christ gives eternal life (John 10:28). He gives His disciples power to perform miracles (Matt 10:1,8). Jesus declared that He and the Father are One (John 10:30). The Jews clearly understood that Christ claimed to be God (John 10:31-33); this was the reason for their negative, hostile reaction to His claim.
Jesus Christ said that He and God the Father are identical in character, purpose and mission (John 14:9). He did the works of His Father (John 5:17; 10:37,38) and demonstrated authority over nature (Mark 4:35-41). Jesus Christ knew the thoughts of people (Mark 2:8;Luke 6:8; John 2:23-25). He had the power of life and death (John 6:63; Luke 7: 11-17; John 11:1-44). He also taught His followers to pray in His Name (John 16:23,24). Jesus received worship (Matt 2:2,11; 14:33;28:9,10,17; John 9:38; Heb 1:6), knowing that God alone is to be worshiped (Ex 34:14; Matt 4:10). Jesus received worship because He is truly God!