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  • 1. Who Is Jesus Of Nazareth?Who was Jesus of Nazareth? For nearly two thousand many years, the world has debated this query.Some say He was a prophet. Some think he was a madman. Still other people think He was a greatteacher. But for those who identify His voice, the question is not Who was Jesus associated withNazareth?, but rather Who is Jesus of Nazareth? Because unlike other men of history, christ ofNazareth was, is actually, and will be for all of eternity.A careful examination of the historical record reveals that jesus of Nazareth is nothing less than theWord of God home as flesh among males. The Holy Spirit associated with God became a man andwalked among us:"at first the Word already existed. The word was with God, and the Word was God." john 1:1 (NLT)"So the Word became individual and made his home among us." John 1:14 (NLT)"In Christ life all the fullness of lord in a human body." Colossians two :9 (NLT)While the majority of the worlds people desperately look for truth - to become closer to God Almighty,the creator of the Universe - the doorway is wide open for them to encounter a personal relationshipwith that exact same God. He is the same last night, today, and tomorrow. Their name is Jesusassociated with Nazareth.But dont take my personal word for it. God includes a number of identifiable character characteristics.If Jesus of Nazareth is worthy of the name of God Almighty as well as Lord of Heavens Armies, thenthe historical account associated with His life will uncover that He shared these unique traits. Letsexamine 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 display this character trait? indeed.He did.History reveals a number of instances in which christ displayed His omniscience. Here, well examinea few.The Coin In The Fish -- Jesus illustrated His knowledge of the future, as well as His understanding ofthe most minute details of creation when He revealed to His disciples that they were to trap a fish,open its mouth, and find a large gold coin inside:"go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the actual mouth of the first seafood you catch, andyou will find a large silver coin." Matthew 17:27 (NLT)The Samaritan Woman - on meeting a Samaritan lady, Jesus told her everything your woman hadever done. His knowledge was enough to convince her that He was the Messiah, and His phraseswere enough to convince many in her town that he is the Living Son of God:"Many Samaritans from the village believed in christ because the woman had said, He told meeverything we ever did!" john 4:39 (NLT)"You Know Everything" - the disciples, who spent additional time with Jesus during his earthlyministry than anyone else, testified that He knows everything - the very definition of omniscience:
  • 2. "Now we realize that you know everything, and theres you dont need to question you. From this webelieve that you came from God." steve 16:30 (NLT)"A third time he requested him, "Simon son of John, do you love me" Peter was hurt which Jesusasked the question a third time. He said, Lord, you know everything. You know that i love you." Johntwenty one :17 (NLT)12-Year old Jesus In The Temple - As a young boy, christ and His family made a pilgrimage to theTemple in Jerusalem. While there, Jesus astonished the Jewish religious teachers with Hisunderstanding:"3 days later they finally discovered him in the forehead, sitting among the religious teachers, listeningto them and asking questions. All who heard him or her were amazed at his knowing and hisanswers." Luke 2 :46-47 (NLT)"how does He Know All This?" - Jesus taught in the forehead, and the people were amazed at thedepth of His understanding, since He was not a guy educated and trained through men:"Then, half way through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple as well as began to teach. Thepeople had been surprised when they heard him or her. How does he know so much when he hasntbeen trained? they requested." 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 their inner-circle would betray him :"Then Jesus stated, I chose the twelve individuals, but one is a devil. He was talking about Judas,son of Simon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who would later betray him." steve 6:70-71 (NLT)Jesus Knew Of His passing away - Jesus had complete knowledge of His purpose in coming into theworld. He understood what would happen to Him, the hands by which it would occur, and themiraculous event which may 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 would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leadingpriests, and the teachers of religious law. He would end up being killed, but on the third day he wouldbe 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 associated with Nazareth exhibit this personality trait? Historyreveals he did.The Power To forgive Sin - According to the old Testament, only God has the power to forgive sins.And also the Prophet Jeremiah prophesied during the day when God will eliminate men of theirwickedness and not again remember their sins:"And I will eliminate their wickedness, and I wont ever again remember their sins." Jeremiah 31:34(NLT)Yet, in spite of His knowledge that only God can forgive sins, Jesus clearly announced His own powerto forgive sins, thus revealing himself as God:"viewing their faith, Jesus believed to the paralyzed man, My child, your sins are forgiven. But some
  • 3. of the teachers of religious regulation who were sitting there thought to themselves, What is hestating This is blasphemy! Only god can forgive sins! " Mark 2:5-11 (NLT)Power To Lay Down his Life - Throughout background, men and woman have died. Despite theimmense power some of these individuals wielded, not really a single one of them displayed thepower to come back to life once lifeless. Yet Jesus claimed to have this power:"the daddy 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 it down when Iwant to also to take it up again." john 10:17-18 (NLT)Three days and three evenings after His crucifixion, jesus of Nazareth exhibited this power.Power Over wind and Waves - such as one would expect of god, Jesus of Nazareth had power overwind as well as waves:"When jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the surprise stopped andall was calm. Then he asked them, Where is your faith? the actual disciples were terrified as well asamazed. Who is this guy they asked each other. When he gives a command, even the wind andwaves obey him!" lomaz 8:24-25 (NLT)Power Over Fish - similar to 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, plus they couldnt haul in the net because there were so many fish in it." John 21:6 (NLT)His Breath Blew Down Soldiers - the actual Roman Army is known throughout human history as oneof the most callous and powerful fighting causes the world has ever known. Yet, jesus of Nazarethcast Roman soldiers to the ground with the very breath of His mouth :"As Jesus said I AM he,a they all drew back as well as fell to the ground!" John eighteen :6 (NLT)Power more than Physical RealmIn addition, the miracles of Jesus testify to His identity. These people proclaim His power over thephysical universe:"a man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, pleading to be healed. If you are willing, youcan heal me and make me clean,a he said. Moved with empathy, Jesus reached out as well astouched him. I m willing, he said. Be healed! Instantly the actual leprosy disappeared, and the manwas healed." Mark one :40-42 (NLT)"following Jesus left the girls home, two blind men followed along behind him or her, shouting, Son ofdavid, have mercy on us! They went right into the home where he was staying, and Jesus askedthem, Do you believe I can cause you to see? Yes, head of the family, they told him or her, we do.then he touched their eyes and said, Because of your faith, it will happen. then their eyes wereopened up, and they could see!" Matthew 9 :27-30 (NLT)"one of the men lying there had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he hadbeen sick for a long time, he asked him, Would you like to get well I cant, mister, the sick guy said,for I have no one to put me into the swimming pool when the water bubbles up. Someone elsealways gets presently there ahead of me. jesus told him, Stand upward, pick up your mat, and walk!
  • 4. Instantly, the person was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking!" John five :5-17(NLT)"he or she saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind as wellas waves. About three oclock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He orshe intended to go past them, but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror,thinking he was a ghost." mark 6:48-49 (NLT)And Jesus performed many other wonders which required power over the physical universe, far toomany to become examined here.Omnipresent (Ever-Present)By definition, God is omnipresent. He is everywhere all the time. He exists in all places in the past,present, and long term. Can this be said of christ Did Jesus of Nazareth really exhibit this charactertrait? Yes. He did."I Saw you Under The Fig Tree" -- Upon first meeting Nathanael, Jesus proclaimed that He noticedhim under the fig sapling earlier that day. His declaration mesmerized Nathanael, who recognized thisas knowledge that no other man could have. However Jesus was there. Since the omnipresent Spiritof god, He was present when Nathanael was under the fig tree:"As they contacted, Jesus said, Now this is a genuine son of Israel - a man of total integrity. How areyou aware about me? Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, I could see you under the fig tree beforePhilip discovered you. Then Nathanael exclaimed, Rabbi, you are the son of God - the King ofIsrael!a " John 1:47-49 (NLT)The Holy Spirit - God is Spirit, and the Spirit of God grew to become flesh in the name of Jesus ofNazareth:"In the beginning the Word already been around. The Word was with god, and the Word was lord. Heexisted in the beginning with God. God created every thing through him, and nothing was madeexcept through him. The word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light toeveryone. The sunshine shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." John 1:1-5(NLT)Be With You Always - Reminding them of his omnipresence, Jesus assured his disciples He wouldalways be with them, even to the end of the grow older :"And be sure of this : I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20 (NLT)This unique ability to be present with each individual (not just the twelve disciples, but all that believein Him), at all times all through 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 everywherewith himself":"And the church 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 time or death. He isthe first and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega. According to the Old testomony, there is no other
  • 5. God:"This is what the Lord says -- Israels King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heavens Armies: I am theFirst 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 from his feet as if we were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and stated,Dont be afraid! I am the first and the Last." Revelation 1 :17 (NLT)What did Jesus Say?So much, weve examined the evidence because recorded by the Old testomony prophets and theNew testomony witnesses. But what did Jesus Himself have to state about this subject? If were trulythe righteous religious teacher and holy guy many claim Him to become, would He call themself Godif to do so were false? Of course not. Yet this is exactly what Jesus claimed. On many occasions, Heunequivocally mentioned 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." steve 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":"however Moses protested, If i go to the people of Israel and tell them, The lord of your ancestorshas sent me to you, they will 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 to you." 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, im !" John 8:58 (NLT)"Philip, not Know Me?" - whenever Philip asked to see the father, Jesus plainly told him he hadalready seen the daddy. To look upon Jesus, would be to look upon the Father:"Jesus replied, Have i been with you all this period, Philip, and yet you still have no idea who I am?Anyone who has seen me has seen the daddy ! So why are you asking me personally to show him toyou? " 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 requested who He was. NObody with knowledge of the Old testomonyscriptures can mistake his response:"Jesus responded, You have said it. And in the future you will see the son of Man seated in the placeof power at Gods correct hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.a " Matthew 26:64 (NLT)By claiming they would observe Him seated in the place of power at Gods right 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 i humble yourenemies, which makes them a footstool under your feet." Psalm 110:one (NLT)By claiming theyd see Him coming on the clouds of heaven, christ was proclaiming Himself tobecome the One whose rule is eternal:"As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming using the clouds of
  • 6. heaven. He approached the Ancient 1 and was led in to his presence. He was given authority, honor,and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every competition and nation andlanguage would obey him. His rule is eternal -- it will never end. Their kingdom will never bedestroyed." Daniel 7:13-14 (NLT)Jesus proclaimed Himself to be none other than God Himself.Accepts praise From Others Without Rebuke - In addition to His claims, what Jesus didnt state has alot to say about His identification. For example, Jesus clearly mentioned a person must only worshipGod:"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:ten (NLT)Yet, when people worshipped Jesus or fell lower at His feet or even called Him Lord, he or she didnot rebuke them. He or she did not respond to them through saying, "Im only a guy. Dont worshipme." instead, He perpetuated the notion he should be honored like lord the Father:"He has given the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as theyhonor the Father." john 5:22-23 (NLT)The following examples show christ accepting this high praise and honor:"My Lord and my god ! Thomas exclaimed. After that Jesus told him, You believe because you haveseen me personally. 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:two (NLT)"But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, Lord, assist me to !" Matthew 15:twenty five(NLT)"And as these people went, Jesus met all of them and greeted them. Plus they ran to him, graspedhis feet, and worshiped him." Matthew 28:9 (NLT)"Yes, lord, I believe! the man said. And he worshiped Jesus." steve 9:38 (NLT)In each of these instance, human beings gave Jesus praise, honor, as well as titles worthy of God onits own. And He gladly accepted their own praise.What Did lord Almighty Say?If jesus were the only witness of His divinity, then He shouldnt be believed. But Hes not the onlywitness. His Father within heaven also testified to the identity of Jesus of Nazareth:"And a voice from heaven said, This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me personally great joy."Matthew 3:17 (NLT)I Will Share My glory With No OneThe Old testomony clearly documents Gods purpose to share His glory without any one else:"i am the Lord; that is my title ! I will not give my personal glory to anyone else, neither share mypraise along with carved idols." 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 associated with Nazareth
  • 7. can not share in their glory. Unless, of course, jesus and God are one and also the same. And this isthe position put forth by the Creator of the Universe:Gods Voice SpeaksGod testified before men he would bring glory to the name of Jesus:"Father, bring glory to your name. Then a tone of voice spoke from heaven, saying, I have alreadybrought beauty to my name, and i will do so again. " John 12:28 (NLT)And Jesus spoke of the glory they share:"Now, Father, bring me personally 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, thus giving glory toJesus:"Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others - the armies of heaven - praising God andsaying, Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom god is pleased."lomaz 2:13-14 (NLT)John also testifies to the glory of Jesus:"we now have seen his glory, the actual glory of the Fathers only Son." John 1:14 (NLT)Its the same glory God proclaimed He would give to His son in the aged Testament:"The king proclaims the Lords decree: The Lord said to me personally, You are my son. Today Ihave become your father." 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 providing glory to God?ConclusionThe characteristics of God, just about all shared by Jesus associated with Nazareth, reflect thesatisfaction of an Old Testament prophecy - a promise around the world. God promised a sign, that avirgin would conceive a kid, a boy whose title means God is with all of us, meaning He would end upbeing God in the flesh:"All right then, the Lord themself will give you the sign. Look ! The virgin will newborn child! She willgive delivery to a son and will call him up Immanuel (which means God is with us)." Isaiah 7:14(NLT)This prophecy was fulfilled in the birth associated with Jesus of Nazareth:"As he considered this, a good angel of the Lord seemed to him in a dream. Joseph, son of David,the angel said, do not be afraid to take mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived bythe Holy Spirit. And she or he will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, with regard to he willsave his individuals from their sins. all 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 himImmanuel, 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 identify 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, yet
  • 8. the very world He produced failed to recognize Him:"He came into the very world he created, but the world didnt recognize him." john 1:10 (NLT)Even those who lay claim to the wisdom of this world didnt recognize their own Creator:"But the rulers of this globe have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified ourglorious Lord." 1 Corinthians 2:8 (NLT)Even many self-proclaimed christians fail to recognize the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth. He is theChrist, the lord of lords, and king of kings. He is the actual Alpha and the Omega, the beginning andthe end.Dont repeat the mistakes of those who refuse to acknowledge the glory associated with Jesus ofNazareth. He is more than a holy man, a prophet, and a teacher. Hes God among us.Jeremiah 29