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February 12, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is Jesus Really God? 2


Is Jesus Really God?

John 8:57-59

So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

 

Thought for Today

The most important consideration in tackling the question of whether Jesus really is God or not is whether Jesus ever claimed to be God. It ultimately doesn’t matter what you or I think if Jesus never asserted that he was God. Our passage for today is a verbal confrontation between Jesus and the teachers of the Law. Jesus claimed to know what Abraham thought about the day he would come. They wanted to know how Jesus could possibly know what Abraham thought since Abraham was long since dead. To their sarcastic question Jesus makes an astounding claim, “Before Abraham was, I AM…” Jesus claimed to have been in existence before Abraham was ever born. He also invokes the divine name (YHWH—I AM) and applies it to himself. His opponents clearly understood that Jesus was claiming to be God, for “they picked up stones to throw at him.” This was the proper punishment for blasphemy. Therefore, the first clue that Jesus is truly God is that he claimed to be God. You cannot ignore this statement. You have to come to grips with the reality that Jesus was either crazy, making him totally untrustworthy, or exactly who he claimed to be. If Jesus had not made this claim all other deliberations would be an exercise in speculation. However, since he did claim to be God, what evidence can we find to support his assertion?

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, thank You for sharing these words from Jesus with me. Help me to be open to the evidence that supports Jesus’ claim that I may more confidently trust in Him. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The essence of faith is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus. — John Piper

 

Quote of the Day

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

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February 11, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is Jesus Really God? 1


Is Jesus Really God?

1 John 5:20

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

 

Thought for Today

Is Jesus really God? This question has arisen time and again throughout history. One of the first challenges to teaching of the Church was from Arius who taught that Jesus was was not God, but a man specially bless by God for the mission to redeem mankind. In 325 A.D. 316 leaders from of the Christian church from around the world gathered in Nice, France, to examine the Scriptures, the truths about Jesus as they had been handed down to them, and decid if it was indeed correct to teach that Jesus was actual God in human flesh. After lengthy examination of the Scriptures, discussion and deliberation they took a vote. The results came it 314-2 in favor of the belief that the Apostles, Scriptures and Church had consistently taught that Jesus was truly God. The two dissenting votes were Arius and his apprentice. Everyone else in the Church confirmed the foundational truth that Jesus is both God and man. We will explore this clear teaching of Scripture and explain why it is important over the course of this week.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to understand the truth of Your testimony about Your Son, Jesus, and why it is important this week. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The essence of faith is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus. — John Piper

 

Quote of the Day

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. — James Stephens

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February 8, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is Christianity too Narrow? 5


Is Christianity too Narrow in Our Culture?

 

Luke 18:31-34

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things.

 

Luke 24:1-3

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

 

1 Corinthians 15:14

If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

 

Thought for Today

Let’s face it; if Christianity is just the well intentioned dream of its earliest adherents, it is too narrow. If Christianity is a philosophy filled with heady ideals, it is too narrow. However, if it is true, it is not narrow at all. For if it is true it stands alone among the religions of the world. How can we know if it is true? The earliest followers of Jesus staked everything on the belief that Jesus not only predicted His death and resurrection, but He actually died and rose again. They emphatically stated that they had seen Jesus, spoken to Him, and eaten with Him after He had been executed by the Romans (who had a success rate of 100% according to historians). All of the other religions of the world are built on the heady philosophy of their founders who subsequently died. You can visit their tombs around the world. You cannot visit Jesus’ tomb. The evidence for the truth of the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is overwhelming and readily available. If Jesus did not rise from the dead you cannot trust anything else that He said. However, if He is the only person in history to rise from the dead, just as He said, then you can trust everything else He said. The resurrection is the ultimate argument for the truth of Christianity. And if it is true, it is not narrow. It is simply true.

If you are not familiar with the basic evidence I invite you to take a few minutes and review Josh McDowell’s summary here: http://www.leaderu.com/everystudent/easter/articles/josh2.html

 

Prayer

I praise you, Lord Jesus, for not only speaking God’s wisdom and love into our world but letting us know for that it is all true by rising from the dead. Help me to live each day confident of Your love and grace for me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Optimism is a wish without warrant; Christian hope is a certainty, guaranteed by God himself. Optimism reflects ignorance as to whether good things will ever actually come. Christian hope expresses knowledge that every day of his life, and every moment beyond it, the believer can say with truth, on the basis of God's own commitment, that the best is yet to come. ― J. I. Packer

 

Quote of the Day

If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead. ― Timothy Keller



Comments

02-09-2019 at 8:01 AM
dan nottke
One of the most powerful presentations that references the want for those who need 'proof', from my friend Gary: https://vimeo.com/72833653
02-08-2019 at 11:00 AM
Erica Ciro
Wow! Josh MCDowel’s summary is amazing. Well worth the time.
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