Some say Jesus Christ was just a man, or maybe a great teacher. But He
was and is much more than that. The Bible says Jesus is unique in both
His person and His purpose. He wasn't just some spiritual individual
during His time on earth; He was both God's Son () and God Himself-God in human flesh (). Yes, He was fully man, but He was also fully God
Jesus claimed to be God. It might be hard to understand how this could be
true, but it's important to remember that God is much bigger and more
powerful than we can comprehend. We do know that Jesus said He existed
before Abraham (). He claimed that He and His Father are one (), and that He is equal with the Father ().
Not only did He claim to be God, but He also claimed to have the power of
God. He said He has the authority to judge the nations (). He claims the authority to raise people from the dead
() and to forgive sins ()-things only God can do (; ).
Further, Jesus says He has the power to answer prayers (), and that He will be with His followers always (). The New Testament equates Jesus to the creator of the
universe (), and in , He says, "All that belongs to the Father is mine."
But where's the proof?
Claiming to be something, as Jesus claimed to be God, doesn't make it
true. Where's the evidence that He is God?
Jesus' identity isn't based solely on what He says, but on what He does.
And He has left a lot of evidence that He is God. That evidence includes
fulfilled prophecy and recorded miracles in which Jesus reversed the
laws of nature. He also lived a sinless life (), something no one else has done.
The ultimate proof of His divinity, however, was His resurrection from
the dead after His death on the cross. No one else has ever risen from
the dead on his own.
Did Jesus ever say, 'I am God'?
If someone said to you, "I am God," would you believe him? Many people
who believe in one God would think the person is blaspheming. Even if
Jesus said the exact words, "I am God," many people would not have
believed Him or even heard what He had to say. Yet, He did give
us reasons to believe such a claim without using these words.
In , Jesus says, "It is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your
God and serve Him only.’" He said and showed many times that He is
the Lord. Jesus says, for example, that He is "the first and the last" (), which God the Father says in .
But maybe you're looking for a place in the Bible where Jesus says, "I am
God; worship me" in those exact words. If we suggest that Jesus could
only claim to be God by saying that one sentence, we might also ask
where He says, "I am a great teacher, but not God," or, "I am just a
prophet; don't worship me." The Bible doesn't say that, either.
The good news is that Jesus told us He is God in many different ways! He
has made it clear that He and God the Father are one (), and says in , "I am the way and the truth and the life." Who else could
claim these things except God?
Does that mean there are multiple gods?
Believing Jesus is God doesn't mean there are multiple gods. It can be
difficult to understand, but followers of Jesus believe in one God in
three persons (God the Father, God the Son-Jesus, and the Holy Spirit).
God is one but has three roles, just like a person today might be a
father, an employee and a husband. Each person of God (the Father, Son
and Holy Spirit) has a separate function, but all are united as one
God-one in purpose, essence and nature, and equal in power and
How can Jesus be God if He is God's Son?
If Jesus is God's Son, does that mean God had a wife?
God has never had a wife. Calling Jesus God's Son is an expression of His
role in relation to God the Father. Unlike us, Jesus was not conceived
by two earthly parents; He was born of a virgin through a miraculous
work of God. He was born holy, without sin.
Being born of a virgin might seem impossible-even Jesus' mother, Mary,
asked, "How will this be? ()-yet God is all-powerful and made a way for the holy Jesus
to be born a human. In , an angel tells Mary's fiancé, Joseph, that what is
conceived in Mary "is from the Holy Spirit." Jesus was not born out of a
sexual relationship between God and Mary, but instead out of a miracle
by God through the Holy Spirit. Jesus was both fully God and fully
It is also significant that the most thorough Gospel account of the
virgin birth was written by Luke, a medical doctor. If anyone knew the
impossibility of a virgin birth, it was Luke-yet, after careful
research, he concluded that it was a fact. The God who was powerful
enough to create the universe was also powerful enough to bring Jesus
into the world without a human father. His miraculous birth is just one
more testament to His deity.
Why should we care who Jesus is?
There is one way to heaven, one way to be free from your sin and to have
a relationship with God. That's through Jesus Christ. II says, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no
other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." To
have eternal life in heaven, you must put your trust in Jesus. Here's
We all sin, meaning we all fall short of God's perfect standard. The
consequence of sin is death (). That means eternal separation from God. But because Jesus
lived a sinless life, His death on the cross provided the perfect
sacrifice for our sins. Because He defeated death by rising again, we
can have eternal life in the presence of God when we put our trust in
Hundreds of people saw and believed in the risen Christ after His death
and resurrection, and countless people in the past 2,000 years have
discovered that only Jesus can meet the deepest longings and needs of
the human heart. In Jesus Christ alone "are hidden all the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge" ().
Can we trust what the Bible says about Him?
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is God, and there are many reasons
we can trust the Bible. (Find "Is the Bible true?" under the
Common Questions section for five of them.)
Not only do we have many reasons to believe that the text of the Bible is
true, but many will find that reading the Bible allows God to speak to
them-perhaps not audibly, but through His words.
While there are different translations of the Bible, the same core
message is the same-that God loves us and freely offers us eternal life
if we accept Jesus as our Savior. Different translations exist in an
effort to make the Bible understandable to various audiences; however,
the major doctrines-and the person of Jesus Christ-remain the same.
If you're curious about Jesus or what the Bible says about Him, read the
book of John in the Bible. It's a great place to start.