Here is a note I wrote to Anane in Ghana. This note captures what I believe about my Jesus and His true identity.
I know there are many out there who claim to be “Christian” or other similar term that question and deny that Jesus, the person who came in the flesh and was born to a woman, Mary, could be God.
By denying this they are denying events in the Old Testament. God appears many times in the Old Testament to those who put their faith in God who is Jehovah. Jesus is God in the flesh. Jesus was God in the flesh in the Old Testament. The God of the Old Testament is all powerful–He can do anything! He can and did appear to His people in the flesh.
John, the disciple of Jesus wrote, In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1: 1 Then, verse 14 confirms, “14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (English Standard version)
The author of the Hebrews in chapter 1 reveals to us that God, the Father, calls God, the Son, GOD. All of chapter 1 is a grand proclamation by the Father that the Son is God.
Jesus claimed to be God. We see Jesus interacting with Jewish leaders and their followers in John 8 and John 10. These leaders and their followers get very angry at Jesus because in their religious terms, the terms of the Old Testament, Jesus claimed to be God. They were so angry at His blasphemy (that was their view of Him) they wanted Him dead and tried to stone Him right there.
Jesus’ claims to be Divine and to be God are what laid the ground work for His death. The beauty of His death is that it saved us! It made a way that we could be reconciled to God. If He had not died we could not be reconciled to God and forgiven of our sins. We can be forgiven and are forgiven through His death.
I know Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims do not believe that God could become flesh. They deny history when they make that claim! God appeared to Adam is the Garden of Eden, Genesis 1. He appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18.
Thanks for asking. I hope and pray that Jesus comforts you with His truth. It is His truth that He is divine. Only a God could be a perfect sacrifice for us and for our sins. He was that and I am so thankful for His gift to me and you.
If you can get to this link, here are more thoughts about that questions, Is Jesus God?
Have a great day, Anane! Let me know what you think and what you want to discuss.