Did Jesus Claim to be God?

Well yes, He did.  Lets look at John Chapter 5.  This is one of my favorite portions of scripture.  Jesus heals on the sabbath, equates himself with the Father, and explains whom Moses was talking about.  Just like the road to Emmaus, Jesus broke down the old testament scriptures.

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
— Luke 24:27
And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
— John 5:5-9

Then he equated himself with the father in John 5:17

But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
— John 5:17

By this time the Jews were ready to stone him, but he gave them a quick bible study on the old testament patriarch Moses.

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
— John 5:39-47

He skilfully brought their attention to Moses.  He reminded them of their reverence of Moses and the fact that they can find eternal life in the scriptures.  He also pointed out their misguided motivation.  They sought the honour of men rather than the honour of God.  They trusted Moses, a man, but they didn't understand what he said.  They failed to see Jesus as the one in whom Moses spoke of.

  • the manna
  • the water
  • creator
  • the savior
  • the rock

All of these referred to Jesus.  The Jews were blinded by pride.  Their hearts were hardened.  Their motivations were skewed.  They were trusting in religion rather than a relationship with God.  They were dead in their sins and didn't even know it.

It is possible today to have an outward appearance of religion and still not be converted.  We can say and do all kinds of Christian things, yet still not be saved.  We tend to look at the outward appearance of man, but God looks at the heart.

Is your heart right with God?  Do you have an outward appearance of religion, yet your soul is in jeopardy?  Be careful.  Eternity is not something to be toying with.  Examine your heart.  It just might save your soul.

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