Lesson 1 - Who is Jesus Christ?


This is the most important question that you will ever have to answer. Your entire life, both now and throughout eternity, is based on your genuine, heart-felt response to that question. Almost everyone seems to have an opinion about who Jesus Christ is, but many people's opinions are very far from the truth. To find out who Jesus really is all about you'll have to first consider two things:


1) What Jesus said about Himself.


2) What those who knew Him (both friends and enemies) said about Him.

   

    We will find all of this in the Holy Bible.


What did Jesus say about Himself?

Jesus made many astounding claims about who He was. Look up the following scriptures and write down what Jesus said regarding His identity.


    - Read about the name God gave Himself in Exodus 3:13-15, many 

      hundreds of years before Jesus was born on earth.


    - Now read John 8:51-58. Who did Jesus claim to be?


    - Read John 10: 24-33. What did Jesus say about His relationship to

      God the Father? (verse 30)


    - Why did the Jewish leaders say that they wanted to Him? (verse 33)


    - Read Matthew 26: 62-66. What three titles does Jesus apply to

      Himself here?


Jesus called himself the Christ, the Son of God. and the Son of Man. He made it clear that He and God the Father were One: He even referred to Himself by the proper name of God - "I AM." Now those were some pretty strong statements for Jesus to make about Himself! Each statement was clear to His audience; there was no mistake - Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh - God becoming a man!


Liar, Lunatic, or Lord of All?

Some people today are willing to believe that Jesus was some kind of wise moral teacher, but not that He was God.

 

There is a big problem with this type of thinking. If Jesus was not really God as He said He was, He couldn't be a wise moral teacher. He would either be a liar or a lunatic. Either He was purposely lying about His claims, or He was severely mentally disturbed. There's no way He could be dishonest or insane and still be moral and wise. These things just do not go together. We must come to the conclusion that He was either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord of all!


What did others say about Him?

Jesus' disciples also made many bold statements about who Jesus was. Look up the following scriptures, and write down what they said about His identity.


    - Read Matthew 16: 13-17. Who did the apostle Peter say Jesus was?


    - Read John 20: 28. What did the apostle Thomas call Jesus?


    - Read John 1: 14-18. How does John refer to Jesus in verse 18?


    - Read John 1: 49. Who does Nathanael recognize Jesus to be?


It was not only Jesus' disciples and friends who recognized His deity(godhood). In the following scriptures we will see the testimony of the Roman officers at the crucifixion, and even the testimony of the demons of hell.


    - Read Matthew 27: 54. What did the officer realize when he saw the

      events at Jesus' crucifixion?


    - Read Mark 3: 11-12. What did the evil spirits continually call Jesus?


    - Read Luke 8: 26-28. What did the demon possessing the man at the

      tombs call Jesus?


How did Jesus prove His deity?

As you have seen, it is quite clear that Jesus claimed to be God the Son, equal with God the Father, and many others also believed it. But Jesus did more than claim it. He proved it over and over again. Jesus did a multitude of miracles while He was on earth, that no mortal man could have done.


Read the following verses and explain how Jesus demonstrated His power, and proved His deity.


    - Read Luke 5: 17-26. How did Jesus prove that He had the power to

      forgive sins, as only God can do?


    - Read Luke 8: 22-25. How did Jesus prove that He even had nature

      under His control?


    - Read Luke 7: 11-16. How did Jesus demonstrate that He even had

      power over life and death?


The ultimate proof

Although the miracles we have seen so far were quite conclusive by themselves, Jesus went on to provide the ultimate proof of His deity after He was crucified and buried.


Read the following verses, and then answer the next question.


    - Read Matthew 28: 1-10


    - Read Luke 24: 1-8, and 36-43


    - Read Acts 1: 3, and Acts 2: 22-36


      What is the greatest proof of Jesus' claim to be God the Son?



The importance of Jesus Christ's deity

Not only did Jesus claim to be God the Son, but He proved it. This means that His words need to be taken very seriously. Every word He said is true and must be trusted - it is God's Word for us! Our lives depend on it. With this in mind, let's look at something else that Jesus made very clear:


    God the Son is the ONLY way to God the Father


    - Read John 14: 6. What three things did Jesus say that He was?


      What is the only way for us to come to the Father?



What about others who claimed to be a way?

In John 10: 8, Jesus told his audience that all of the impostors that had come before Him were "thieves and robbers!" He did not use kind terms to describe those who came trying to lead his children astray. He did not call them "misguided men with good intentions." He called them "thieves and robbers." In God's eyes they were hard-core criminals trying to hurt His loved ones.


    - Read Luke 21. 8. What does Jesus tell us not to do here?


    - Read Acts 4: 12. What does this tell you about religions that do not

      follow Christ? Have they also found salvation?



Why did the Father send the Son?

In John 3: 16, Jesus tells us: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.


We will discuss more about God's love for us and His plan of salvation through Jesus Christ in the next two chapters.


Starting tomorrow, we will begin our series of five daily devo’s (I each day for days 2-6) focusing on the deity of Jesus Christ. The day after we finish the devo’s (day 7) we will answer some questions about what we've learned, and then go on to chapter two!

Drawn by God


Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed. When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him, along with the criminals-one on His right, the other on His left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Andy they divided up His clothes by casting lots.


The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at Him. They said, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.


The soldiers also came up and mocked Him. They offered Him wine vinegar and said, "if you are the king of Jews, save yourself." There was a written notice above Him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.


One of the criminals hurled insults at Him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"


But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.