Friday, June 7, 2019

One of the two reasons Jesus died and his death reveals who He is

One of the reason Jesus died;
According to Jesus Christ, he died to save humanity. According to men, he died because of blasphemy, He was claiming to be God. The religious leaders plotted to kill him and they couldn’t tolerate a mere man claiming to be God. They were afraid of what Jesus might do because of his power. They wanted to protect their position. They came illegally at night to arrest him.
Jesus Claims to Be God?
"I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!" —Revelation 1:17-18
Jesus made claims that still left many in confusion. The Pharisees could not stand that a mere man was claiming himself to be God. A lot of people then and today have been tortured and killed because they were operated under his name. Some have been shunned by their relatives because of Jesus. Some (Pharisees) claimed him to be brother of Lucifer,while others claimed him to be an Ark angel, while others called him a good prophet. Radical changes have happened in people lives because of that name.
So, who is Jesus Christ really?
On a few occasions, some wanted to kill Jesus before his time . Why were the Pharisees and Sadducees trying to kill Jesus Christ ? It was because he claimed himself to be the Son of God. "calling God his own Father, [Jesus was] making himself equal with God" (John 5:18 NIV).
Another time they tried to killed Jesus before his time, it was because Jesus went and liberately used the very same words by which God revealed Himself to Moses from the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). To the Jewish leaders, that was blasphemy and unacceptable , because they knew that he was merely a man claiming to be God.
On another time they tried to kill Him because Jesus himself explicitly told the Leaders: " 'I and the Father are one.' After finishing making this claim the  people picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, 'I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?' 'We are not stoning you for any of these,' replied the Jews, 'but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God' " (John 10:30-33).
Furthermore, Jesus made an unmistakable claim before the Chief Priests and the whole Sanhedrin. Caiaphas the High Priest asked him: " 'Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?' 'I am,' said Jesus. 'And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven' " (Mark 14:61-62 NIV). A biblicaly illiterate person might well have missed the importance of Jesus' words. Caiaphas and the Council, however, did not. They knew that in saying he was "the Son of Man" who would come "on the clouds of heaven" he was making an overt reference to the Son of Man in Daniel's prophecy (Daniel 7:13-14). In doing so, He was not only claiming to be the pre-existent Sovereign of the Universe but also prophesying that He would vindicate His claim by judging the very court that was now condemning Him. Moreover, by combining Daniel's prophecy with David's proclamation in Psalm 110, Jesus was claiming that He would sit upon the throne of Israel's God and share God's very glory. To students of the Old Testament this was the height of "blasphemy," thus "they all condemned him as worthy of death" (Mark 14:64-65).
Finally, Jesus claimed to possess the very attributes of God. For example, He claimed omniscience by telling Peter, "This very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times" (Matthew 26:34); declared omnipotence by not only resurrecting Lazarus (John 11:43) but by raising Himself from the dead (see John 2:19); and professed omnipresence by promising He would be with His disciples "to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). Not only so, but Jesus said to the paralytic in Luke 5:20, "Friend, your sins are forgiven". In doing so, He claimed a prerogative reserved for God alone. In addition, when Thomas worshiped Jesus saying "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28), Jesus responded with commendation rather than condemnation.
What Credentials Back Up Jesus' Claim to Deity?
"When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?' Jesus replied, 'Go back and report to John what you hear and see; The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.'" —Matthew 11:2-5
Jesus not only claimed to be God but also provided many convincing proofs that he indeed was divine.
First, Jesus demonstrated that he was God in human flesh by manifesting the credential of being without sin. While the Qur'an exhorts Muhammad to seek forgiveness for his sins, the Bible exonerates Messiah saying Jesus "had no sin" (2 Corinthians 5:21). And this is not a singular statement. John declares, "and in him is no sin" (1 John 3:5), and Peter says Jesus "committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth" (1 Peter 2:22). Jesus himself went so far as to challenge his antagonists asking, "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?" (John 8:46)
Furthermore, Jesus demonstrated supernatural authority over sickness, the forces of nature, fallen angels, and even death itself. Matthew 4 records that Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching, preaching "and healing every disease and sickness among the people" (v.23). Mark 4 documents Jesus rebuking the wind and the waves saying, "Quiet! Be still!" (v.39). In Luke 4 Jesus encounters a man possessed by an evil spirit and commands the demon to "Come out of him!" (v.35). And in John 4, Jesus tells a royal official whose son was close to death, "Your son will live" (v.50). In fact, the four Gospels record how Jesus demonstrated ultimate power over death through the immutable fact of his resurrection.
Finally, the credentials of Christ's deity are seen in the lives of countless men, women, and children. Each day, people of every tongue and tribe and nation experience the resurrected Christ by repenting of their sins and receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives. Thus, they not only come to know about Christ eventually, but by experiences in their lives Christ becomes more real to them than the very flesh upon their bones.

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