Now that’s a very good question and one that needs a response: Was Jesus Who He said He was and how do we know? Let me start with some basics.
If we’re going to believe anything, it’s going to be by choice because anything we believe is because we have chosen to believe it. And if we’re going to believe anything about God, it’ll have to be by faith because God is a faith God.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Then, here’s another startling fact: since we choose to believe what we believe and faith is a choice, then faith needs no proof simply because it’s faith and our choice to believe.
Here’s an exmple: people either believe in Creation as from God or they believe in evolution, even though none of us were there in the beginning to witness which one is true. However, we can choose to believe either one because it’s our choice, not based on proof because the proof for evolution is non-existent, proving that it really is false. With Creationism, we have to take it by faith in God Who created all things. Either way you look at it, it’s a choice.
So what’s my point? We’re talking about whether or not Jesus really was Who He claimed to be and that’s where faith comes in and our choice to believe what He said.
You see, the foundation for everything we, as believers must stand on, is the Word of God. That’s what we measure everything from. If we deviate from this, we set ourselves up to be deceived by the devil, who is out there always looking for an opening to trip us up.
So, having established that the Bible is our Source for everything, let’s look at what the Word has to say about Jesus.
Note that there are a multitude of prophecies in the Old Testament regarding Jesus that have been fulfilled in the New Testament. How can that be unless it’s a God thing? But let me caution you, that even if you could prove to an unsaved person that Jesus is the Son of God who came to pay the price for their sins, they still wouldn’t believe unless by their free will they chose to believe. In the end, it’s all about a heart issue – either you choose to believe or you choose to reject. No one has an excuse!
1 Corinthians 15:19 (KJV) 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
We get saved by believing that Jesus is Who He says He is.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Acts 4:12 (KJV) 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
God the Father spoke from Heaven and confirmed that Jesus was the Son of God.
Mark 1:9-11 (KJV) 9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
The angel foretold that Jesus would be he Son of God.
Luke 1:35 (KJV) 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
There’s only one mediator between us and God – Jesus, the Holy Son of God – our Redeemer and Savior.
1 Timothy 2:5 (KJV) 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Here’s another one that baffled the naysayers:
John 8:58 (KJV) 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
And then there’s some of the most beloved scriptures that tell us that Jesus and the Word of God are One! Awesome!
John 1:1-4 (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 1:14 (KJV) 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 14:6 (KJV) 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 17:3-5 (KJV) 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Colossians 1:19 (KJV) 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
Galatians 4:4 (KJV) 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Now read these scriptures and let them minster to your heart.
John 15:5 (KJV) 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:7 (KJV) 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 14:13-14 (KJV) 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 16:23-24 (KJV) 23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
When we read these scriptures, we know that they’re true because they work for us. Therein do we have proof for ourselves.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (KJV) 12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Yes, dear brothers and sisters, Jesus really is Who He says He is and as believers, we’re so eternally glad He is!
Here are a few more scriptures to bless you. There are so many that I almost don’t where to stop! Be blessed!
2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Revelation 1:4 (KJV) 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
1 John 5:7-9 (KJV) 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.