Who Is Jesus Of Nazareth_ (30)

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Who Is Jesus Of Nazareth_ (30)

  1. 1. Who Is Jesus Of Nazareth?Who was Jesus of Nazareth? For nearly two thousand years, the world has debated this question.Some say He was a prophet. Some think he or she was a madman. Still others think He was aexcellent teacher. But for those who recognize His voice, the question is not really Who was Jesus ofNazareth?, but rather Who is Jesus of Nazareth? Because unlike additional men of history, jesus ofNazareth was, is actually, and will be for all of eternity.A careful examination of the historic record reveals that christ of Nazareth is nothing less than theWord of God home as flesh among males. The Holy Spirit associated with God became a man aswell as walked among us:"at first the Word already existed. The term was with God, and also the Word was God." john 1:1(NLT)"So the Word became human and made his home among us." John 1:14 (NLT)"In Christ lives all the fullness of lord in a human body." Colossians 2 :9 (NLT)While most of the worlds people desperately search for truth - to become closer to God Almighty, theoriginator of the Universe - the door is wide open for them to experience a personal relationship withthat same God. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Their name is Jesus associated withNazareth.But dont take my personal word for it. God has a number of identifiable character characteristics. IfJesus of Nazareth is worthy of the title of God Almighty and Lord of Heavens Armies, then thehistorical account of His life will reveal that He shared these unique traits. Lets examine all of them.Omniscient (All-Knowing)The definition of God requires Him to become all-knowing. God must have understanding of allthings, including the thoughts associated with others. Did Jesus exhibit this character trait? yes. Hedid.History discloses a number of instances in which christ displayed His omniscience. RIght here, wellexamine a few.The Coin In The Fish -- Jesus illustrated His knowledge of the future, as well as His knowledge of themost minute details of creation when He revealed to His disciples that they were to trap a fish, openits mouth, and find a large silver coin inside:"go down to the lake and toss in a line. Open the mouth of the first seafood you catch, and you willfind a large silver coin." Matthew 17:27 (NLT)The Samaritan Woman - upon meeting a Samaritan woman, Jesus told her everything she had everdone. His knowledge was enough to convince her that He had been the Messiah, and His words wereenough to convince many in her town that he is the Living Son of God:"Many Samaritans from the village believed in jesus because the woman had said, He told meeverything we ever did!" steve 4:39 (NLT)"You Know Everything" - the disciples, who spent additional time with Jesus during their earthlyministry than anyone else, testified that He knows everything - the very definition of omniscience:
  2. 2. "Now we realize that you know everything, and theres you dont need to question you. From this wefeel that you came from God." steve 16:30 (NLT)"A third time he asked him, "Simon son associated with John, do you love me personally" Peter washurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, Lord, you know everything. You know that ilove you." John 21 :17 (NLT)12-Year old Jesus In The Temple -- As a young boy, jesus and His family made a pilgrimage to theTemple in Jerusalem. While there, Jesus astonished the Jewish religious instructors with Hisunderstanding:"3 days later they finally discovered him in the temple, sitting among the religious instructors, listeningto them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and hisanswers." Luke two :46-47 (NLT)"how does He Know All This?" - Jesus taught in the forehead, and the people were amazed at thedepth of His knowledge, since He was not a guy educated and trained through men:"Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. The peoplewere surprised when they heard him or her. How does he know so much when he was not trained?they asked." John 7:14-15 (NLT)"One Of You Will Betray Me" - Jesus experienced fore-knowledge of His unfaithfulness. He knew thatone of the very trusted members of his inner-circle would betray him or her :"Then Jesus said, I chose the twelve individuals, but one is a devil. He was speaking of Judas, sonof Simon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who does later betray him." john 6:70-71 (NLT)Jesus Knew Of His passing away - Jesus had full knowledge of His purpose within coming into theworld. He understood what would happen to Him, the hands by which it would happen, and themiraculous event which would take place three days later :"From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples obviously that it was necessary for him or her to go toJerusalem, and that he might suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the key priests,and the teachers associated with religious law. He would end up being killed, but on the 3rd day hewould be elevated from the dead." Matthew sixteen :21 (NLT)Omnipotent (All-Powerful)A second character characteristic of God is omnipotence. By definition, God is all-powerful. He haspower over all things. Did Jesus of Nazareth exhibit this personality trait? History reveals that he did.The Power To forgive Sin - According to the aged Testament, only God has the ability to forgive sins.And the Prophet Jeremiah prophesied of the day when God will eliminate men of their wickednessand not again remember their sins:"And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins." Jeremiah 31:34(NLT)Yet, in spite of His understanding that only God can forgive sins, Jesus obviously announced His ownpower to eliminate sins, thus revealing themself as God:"viewing their faith, Jesus believed to the paralyzed man, My child, your sins are forgiven. But someof the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to on their own, What is he stating This
  3. 3. is blasphemy! Only lord can forgive sins!a " Mark 2:5-11 (NLT)Power To Lay Down his Life - Throughout background, men and woman possess died. Despite theimmense energy some of these individuals wielded, not a single one of them displayed the ability tocome back to life once lifeless. Yet Jesus claimed to possess this power:"the father loves me because we sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can considermy life from me. We sacrifice it voluntarily. With regard to I have the authority to lay this down when Iwant to and also to take it up again." steve 10:17-18 (NLT)Three days and three nights after His crucifixion, jesus of Nazareth exhibited this particular power.Power Over blowing wind and Waves - like one would expect of lord, Jesus of Nazareth had powerover wind as well as waves:"When jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped andall was calm. Then he asked them, Where is your faith? the actual disciples were terrified as well asamazed. Who is this man they asked one another. When he gives a command, even the wind andwaves obey him!" lomaz 8:24-25 (NLT)Power Over Fish - much like His power of the wind and waves, Jesus illustrated His power over all ofcreation by commanding the movements of fish:"Then he said, Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and youll acquire some ! Sothey did, and they couldnt haul in the net because there were so many fish in it." John 21:six (NLT)His Breath Blew Down Soldiers - the Roman Army is known all through human history as one of themost callous and powerful fighting forces the world has ever known. Yet, christ of Nazareth castRoman soldiers to the ground with the really breath of His mouth area :"As Jesus stated I AM he,a they all drew back as well as fell to the ground!" John 18 :6 (NLT)Power over Physical RealmIn addition, the miracles of Jesus testify to His identity. These people proclaim His power over thephysical universe:"a guy with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, pleading to be healed. If you are willing, you canheal me and make me clean,a he said. Moved with empathy, Jesus reached out as well as touchedhim. I am willing, he said. Be healed! Instantly the actual leprosy disappeared, and the man washealed." Mark one :40-42 (NLT)"after Jesus left the womens home, two blind men followed along behind him or her, shouting, Son ofdonald, have mercy on us!a They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus askedthem, Do you believe I can make you see? Yes, head of the family, they told him, we do. he thentouched their eyes and said, Because of your faith, it will happen. then their eyes were opened, andthey could see!" Matthew 9 :27-30 (NLT)"among the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. Whenever Jesus saw him as well asknew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, Would you like to get well I cant, sir, the sickman said, for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else alwaysgets there ahead of me. jesus told him, Stand up, pick up your mat, as well as walk! Instantly, theperson was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat as well as began walking!" John 5 :5-17 (NLT)
  4. 4. "he saw that they were in severe trouble, rowing hard as well as struggling against the wind andwaves. About three oclock in the morning Jesus came toward all of them, walking on the water. He orshe intended to go past all of them, but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out interror, considering he was a ghost." mark 6:48-49 (NLT)And Jesus performed many other miracles which required power within the physical universe, far toomany to become examined here.Omnipresent (Ever-Present)By definition, God is actually omnipresent. He is everywhere at all times. He exists in all locations inthe past, present, and long term. Can this be said of christ Did Jesus of Nazareth really exhibit thispersonality trait? Yes. He do."I Saw you Under The Fig Tree" -- Upon first meeting Nathanael, Jesus proclaimed that He noticedhim under the fig tree earlier that day. His declaration mesmerized Nathanael, who recognized this asknowledge that no other man could have. However Jesus was there. Since the omnipresent Spirit ofgod, He was present whenever Nathanael was under the fig tree:"As they contacted, Jesus said, Now this is a genuine son of Israel - a man of complete integrity.How are you aware about me? Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, I could see you under the fig treebefore Philip found you. Then Nathanael exclaimed, Rabbi, you are the boy of God - the King ofIsrael! " John 1:47-49 (NLT)The Holy Spirit - God is Spirit, and also the Spirit of God became flesh in the name of Jesus ofNazareth:"In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with lord, and the Word was lord. Heexisted in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was madeexcept through him. The word gave life to everything that was created, and his life introduced light toeveryone. The sunshine shines in the darkness, and also the darkness can never extinguish this."John 1:1-5 (NLT)Be With You Always -- Reminding them of their omnipresence, Jesus assured their disciples Hewould always be together, even to the end of the age :"And be sure of this : I am with you always, even going to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20 (NLT)This unique ability to be present along with each individual (not just the 12 disciples, but all thatbelieve in Him), at all times throughout history, is demonstrative of the omnipresence of Jesus.Him Who Fills All -- In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul testifies that jesus "fills all things everywherealong with himself":"And the chapel is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere withhimself." Ephesians 1 :23 (NLT)EternalYet an additional characteristic of God is His eternal nature. Lord is not bound by period or death. Heis the foremost and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega. According to the Old testament, there is noother God:"This is what the Lord says -- Israels King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heavens Armies: I am the
  5. 5. First and the last ; there is no other God.a " Isaiah 44:6 (NLT)Does this character characteristic describe Jesus of Nazareth? The Apostle John claimed yes:"When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if we were dead. But he or she laid his right hand on me andsaid, Dont be afraid! I am the foremost and the Last." Revelation 1 :17 (NLT)What did Jesus Say?So far, weve examined the evidence because recorded by the Old testomony prophets and the Newtestament witnesses. But what did Jesus Himself have to state about this subject? If had been trulythe righteous spiritual teacher and holy guy many claim Him to be, would He call themself God if to doso were false? Of course not. Yet this is exactly what Jesus claimed. On numerous occasions, Heunequivocally stated that He is God Almighty.The Father and I Are One - Jesus Himself claimed to be equal with God:"The Father and I are one." john 10:30 (NLT)Before Abraham, I AM - according to the Old Testament, when Moses requested to the know the titleof God, the Almighty replied "I AM":"but Moses protested, If time passes to the people of Israel and tell them, The god of your ancestorshas sent me to you, theyll ask me, What is actually his name? after that what should I tell them?God replied to Moses, I AM WHO im. Say this to the individuals of Israel: I AM offers sent me toyou.a " Exodus 3:13-14 (NLT)In answering His critics, Jesus proclaimed Himself to be "I AM":"Jesus clarified, I tell you the truth, prior to Abraham was even born, i am !" John 8:fifty eight (NLT)"Philip, dont you Know Me?" - whenever Philip asked to see the daddy, Jesus plainly told him he hadalready seen the father. To look upon Jesus, is to look upon the Father:"Jesus replied, Have we been with you all this period, Philip, and yet you still dont know who I am?Anyone who has seen me has seen the father ! So why are you asking me to show him to you? "John 14:9 (NLT)You Will See the boy of Man on Clouds of Heaven - While standing before the High Priest to becomeinterrogated, Jesus was asked who He was. NObody with knowledge of the Old testament scripturescan mistake his response:"Jesus replied, You have said it. As well as in the future you will see the boy of Man seated in thehost to power at Gods right hand and coming on the actual clouds of heaven. " Matthew 26:64 (NLT)By claiming they would see Him seated in the place of power at Gods correct hand, Jesus wasstating Himself to be the Lord of the Old Testament:"god, the father said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor inside my right hand until we humble yourenemies, making them a footstool under your feet." Psalm 110:1 (NLT)By claiming theyd see Him coming on the clouds of heaven, jesus was proclaiming Himself tobecome the One whose rule is eternal:"As my personal vision continued that evening, I saw someone like a son of man coming using theclouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient 1 and was led in to his presence. He was givenauthority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations around the globe, so that people of every
  6. 6. competition and nation and language would obey him. Their rule is eternal - it will never end. Theirkingdom will never be destroyed." Daniel 7:13-14 (NLT)Jesus proclaimed Himself to be none other than God Himself.Accepts worship From Others Without Rebuke - In addition to His claims, what Jesus didnt say has alot to say about His identification. For example, Jesus clearly mentioned a person must only praiseGod:"Get out of here, Satan, jesus told him. For the actual Scriptures say, You should worship the Lordyour lord and serve only him or her." Matthew 4:10 (NLT)Yet, when people worshipped Jesus or fell down at His feet or even called Him Lord, he did notrebuke them. He did not respond to them through saying, "Im only a man. Dont worship me." rather,He perpetuated the notion that he should be honored like lord the Father:"He has provided the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just asthey honor the Father." john 5:22-23 (NLT)The following examples show christ accepting this high compliment and honor:"My Lord and my god ! Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, You believe because you haveseen me. Blessed are those who think without seeing me.a " John 20:28-29 (NLT)"Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. Lord, the man said, if you arewilling, you can recover me and make me clean." Matthew 8:2 (NLT)"But your woman came and worshiped him, pleading again, Lord, assist me to !" Matthew 15:twentyfive (NLT)"And as these people went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet,and worshiped him." Matthew 28:9 (NLT)"Yes, lord, I believe! the man stated. And he worshiped Jesus." john 9:38 (NLT)In each of these instance, human beings gave Jesus praise, honor, and titles worthy of God alone.And He gladly accepted their praise.What Did god Almighty Say?If christ were the only witness of His divinity, then He really should not be believed. But Hes not theonly witness. His Father in heaven also testified to the identity of Jesus of Nazareth:"And a voice from heaven said, This is my dearly cherished Son, who brings me personally greatjoy." Matthew 3:17 (NLT)I Will Share My glory With No OneThe Old testament clearly documents Gods purpose to share His glory with no one else:"i am the Lord; that is my title ! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carvedidols." Isaiah forty two :8 (NLT)In fact, one of the ten commandments prohibits worship of false gods:"You must not have every other god but me." Exodus 20:3 (NLT)If God will not share his glory with anyone else, then by definition, Jesus of Nazareth can not share intheir glory. Unless, of course, jesus and God are one and also the same. And this is the placementput forth by the Creator of the Universe:
  7. 7. Gods Voice SpeaksGod testified before men that he would bring glory towards the name of Jesus:"Father, bring glory to your name. Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, I have already broughtbeauty to my name, and that i will do so again.a " John 12:28 (NLT)And Jesus spoke from the glory they share:"Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began." john 17:5 (NLT)Following the birth of christ, a host of angels praised lord in full sight of men, this provides you withglory to Jesus:"Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host associated with others - the armies of heaven -praising God and saying, Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on the planet to those withwhom lord is pleased." lomaz 2:13-14 (NLT)John also testifies to the beauty of Jesus:"we have seen his glory, the actual glory of the Fathers one and only Son." John 1:fourteen (NLT)Its the same glory God proclaimed He would give to His son in the aged Testament:"The full proclaims the Lords decree: The Lord said to me, You are my son. Today I have becomeyour dad." Psalm 2:7 (NLT)How could lord glorify Jesus, and remain true to His word never to give His glory to anyone else,unless giving beauty to Jesus is the same as giving glory to God?ConclusionThe characteristics of God, just about all shared by Jesus of Nazareth, reflect the satisfaction of anOld Testament prediction - a promise to the world. God promised a sign, that a virgin would conceivea kid, a boy whose name means God is with us, meaning He would end up being God in the flesh:"All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Appear ! The virgin will conceive a child! Shewill give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means God is by using us)." Isaiah 7:14(NLT)This prophecy had been fulfilled in the birth of Jesus of Nazareth:"As he considered this, a good angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. Joseph, son of David,the angel said, do not be afraid to take jane as your wife. For the child within her was created by theHoly Spirit. And she or he will have a son, and youre simply to name him Jesus, for he will save hisindividuals from their sins. all of this occurred to fulfill the Lords message through his prophet: Look!The virgin may conceive a child! She will provide birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel,which means God is with us." Matthew 1:20-23 (NLT)Yet, despite this miraculous sign, and the miraculous life which adopted, most of the world has failedto recognize the Creator among them.They Did Not Recognize HimThis is the message of the Gospel associated with John. God came into the planet in human form,the very world He produced failed to recognize Him:"He came into the very world he created, but the world didnt recognize him." steve 1:10 (NLT)Even those who lay claim to the actual wisdom of this world didnt recognize their own Creator:
  8. 8. "But the rulers of this globe have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified ourglorious Lord." one Corinthians 2:8 (NLT)Even many self-proclaimed christian believers fail to recognize the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth.He is the Christ, the lord of lords, and full of kings. He is the actual Alpha and the Omega, the startand the end.Dont replicate the mistakes of those who wont acknowledge the glory of Jesus of Nazareth. He ismore than a holy man, a prophet, and a teacher. Hes God among us.Jeremiah 29

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