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February 15, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is Jesus Really God? Why?


Is Jesus Really God? Why?

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Thought for Today

The biggest question surrounding the discussion of whether Jesus is God or not is, “Why does it matter?” Can’t Jesus just be a man specially blessed by God? And the answer is no. It matters a great deal. For God declares that the price that must be paid for our rebellion and misbehavior is death. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God declares, “The one who sins must die” (18:20). For every person who sins a human life must be given. It cannot be covered by the blood of bulls, goats, lambs or pigeons. So Jesus must be a man to pay the price of sin in the proper form. The problem if Jesus is just a man is that His perfect life and death can only pay the price for one person’s sin. Everyone else would be lost. However, if the life Jesus gave up on the cross was the life of God, it is of infinite worth. The value of God’s life would cover the sin of every person ever born. So Jesus had to be a man to pay the price for sin in the right form and He had to be God in order for the value of His sacrifice to cover everyone. If Jesus is only God He cannot pay mankind’s debt. If He is only man He cannot pay nearly enough. He must be both God and man to fulfill His mission.

 

Prayer

Holy God, I thank You for Your great wisdom that at the Fall You set the price of sin in a way that only You could pay it, and then in Jesus You did! Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Jesus made the final sacrifice for all, and we need not make it again. — Stanley Hauerwas

 

Quote of the Day

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. — Anthony J. D'Angelo

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February 14, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is Jesus Really God? 4


Is Jesus Really God? Authority

 

Matthew 9:2-8

And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

 

John 5:25-27

“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

 

John 5:18

This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

 

Thought for Today

Jesus is God because He claimed and demonstrated authority that only belongs to God. In the famous account of the paralytic lowered through the roof to be healed by Jesus, the friends of the paralytic are hoping that Jesus heals his body. Jesus’ first reaction upon looking at the man is to forgive his sins (heal his soul). Jesus’ opponents immediately realize that Jesus has just claimed to have the authority to forgive sins, which God alone can do. In order to demonstrate that He did indeed have the authority over sin He heals the man’s body as well. Everyone there made the connection between the claim of authority, the act of healing and the inference that Jesus was not merely mortal. The passage ends with them struggling to get their heads around it. In the second passage, Jesus claimed the authority to judge the people of the world on the Last Day. Scripture clearly teaches that only God can judge a person with regard to eternal things. Yet Jesus claimed to have this authority as well. And, lest you think that maybe Christians are stretching the importance of these claims, the final verse tells us what Jesus’ contemporaries thought of His claims and what they thought they should do about it. They took Jesus claims of authority pretty seriously. If Jesus truly has the authority to forgive sins and judge people on the Last Day He must be God. It is what His hearers thought He was saying.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I thank You for the authority You have over sin and for using it in my life. I am confident it You are my judge on the Last Day. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

All my authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. — Jesus Christ

 

Quote of the Day

Trying to be like Christ . . . is more like painting a portrait than like obeying a set of rules. ― C.S. Lewis

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February 13, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is Jesus Really God? 3


Is Jesus Really God? The Signs

 

John 10:31- 33, 37-39

The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him. . . “If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.

 

Thought for Today

One of the primary reasons to believe that Jesus really is God is because Jesus did things that only God can do. The accounts of Jesus life are filled with miracles. He healed the sick, even those with leprosy for which there was no cure. He commanded the wind and the waves and they obeyed Him. Jesus cast out many demons and feed thousands of people with a few loaves of bread. These are not things that mere mortals can do. The skeptic will say that those things were added in later by His disciples to try to make Jesus out to be more than He was. However, Jesus’ miracles stand up to every reasonable historic litmus test. If I told you that John F. Kennedy died in a plane crash, how could you know whether it was true or not? Maybe there was a grand conspiracy that caused all the history books to claim he was shot. You could ask someone who was alive when it happened. They would know the truth. The same is true for the miracles of Jesus. After Jesus’ ascension His disciples went around Israel claiming that Jesus had done many miraculous things. The people they were speaking to would know people who had been in Galilee or Jerusalem when the miracles were taking place. If they had not happened the disciples would have been laughed at. Also, Jesus opponents make no effort to discredit His miracles. They would certainly have pointed out that Jesus was a charlatan if the miracles were untrue. His miracles are irrefutable facts of history. Jesus says even if you don’t believe in Him because of what He said, believe because He did things that only God can do.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for Your miracles that give me greater confidence that You are God who left heaven to rescue me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Only Jesus has prophecies made hundreds of years in advance made literally true. Only He did miracles; only His immediate followers claimed He died and rose from the dead, so in comparison, He comes out superior to other great religious leaders. — Norman Geisler

 

Quote of the Day

Miracles are like pimples, because once you start looking for them you find more than you ever dreamed you'd see. ― Lemony Snicket



Comments

02-13-2019 at 7:51 AM
Tom S
A number of years ago, Peter W. Stoner and Robert C. Newman wrote a book entitled Science Speaks. The book was based on the science of probability and vouched for by the American Scientific Affiliation. It set out the odds of any one man in all of history fulfilling even only eight of the 60 major prophecies (and 270 ramifications) fulfilled by the life of Christ.

The probability that Jesus of Nazareth could have fulfilled even eight such prophecies would be only 1 in 1017. That's 1 in 100, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000.

Stoner claims that that many silver dollars would be enough to cover the face of the entire state of Texas two feet deep. Now I've been to Texas. I've driven for days to get across Texas. Texas is a very big state. Who in his right mind would suppose that a blindfolded man, heading out of Dallas by foot in any direction, would be able, on his very first attempt, to pick up one specifically marked silver dollar out of 100, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000?
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