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  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 would be a prophet. Some think he was a madman. Still other people think He was aexcellent teacher. But for those who identify 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 jesus of Nazareth is nothing under the Wordof God dwelling as flesh among males. The Holy Spirit associated with God became a man andwalked among us:"at first the Word already existed. The term was with God, and also the Word was God." steve 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 god 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 doorway is wide open for them to experience a personal relationshipwith that same God. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His name is Jesus of 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 title of God Almighty as well as Lord of Heavens Armies, thenthe historical account associated with His life will uncover that He shared these distinctive traits. Letsexamine them.Omniscient (All-Knowing)The meaning of God requires Him to be all-knowing. God must have knowledge of all things,including the thoughts associated with others. Did Jesus display this character trait? yes. He did.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 understanding ofthe most minute details of development when He revealed in order to His disciples that they were totrap a fish, open its mouth, and find a large gold coin inside:"go down to the lake and throw 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 - on meeting a Samaritan lady, Jesus told her everything she had ever done.Their knowledge was enough to convince her that He had been the Messiah, and His words wereenough to persuade many in her town that he is the Living Son associated with God:"Many Samaritans from the village believed in jesus because the woman had stated, He told meeverything i ever did!" john 4:39 (NLT)"You Know Everything" - the disciples, who spent more time with Jesus during his earthly ministrythan anyone else, testified that He knows every thing - the very definition of omniscience:"Now we realize that you know everything, and theres you dont need to question you. From this we
  2. 2. feel that you came from God." john 16:30 (NLT)"A third time he asked him, "Simon son of John, do you love me" Peter was hurt that Jesus asked thequery a third time. He said, Lord, you know everything. You know that i love you." John 21 :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:"three days later they lastly discovered him in the temple, sitting among the religious teachers,listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard him or her were amazed at hisunderstanding and his answers." 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 knowledge, since He was not a man educated and trained by men:"Then, half way 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 understand so much when he was nottrained? they requested." John 7:14-15 (NLT)"One Of You Will Betray Me" - Jesus experienced fore-knowledge of His betrayal. He knew that oneof the very trusted members of his inner-circle would betray him :"Then Jesus stated, I chose the twelve of you, but one is a demon. He was speaking of Judas, sonof Simon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who does later betray him." steve 6:70-71 (NLT)Jesus Knew Of His death - Jesus had complete knowledge of His purpose in coming into the world.He knew what would happen to Him, the hands by which it would occur, and the miraculous eventwhich would take place three days later :"From then on Jesus started to tell his disciples obviously that it was necessary for him to go toJerusalem, and that he might suffer many terrible points 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 third day hewould be raised from the dead." Matthew sixteen :21 (NLT)Omnipotent (All-Powerful)A second character trait of God is omnipotence. By definition, God is all-powerful. He has power totalthings. Did Jesus associated with Nazareth exhibit this character trait? History reveals he did.The Power To eliminate Sin - According to the aged Testament, only God has the ability to forgivesins. And also the Prophet Jeremiah prophesied of the day when God will eliminate men of theirwickedness and not again remember their sins:"And I will forgive 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 obviously announced His ownpower to forgive sins, thus revealing themself as God:"seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, My child, your sins are forgiven. But some fromthe teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, What is he saying This isblasphemy! Only lord can forgive sins! " Mark 2:5-11 (NLT)Power To Lay Down his Life - Throughout background, men and woman have died. Despite the
  3. 3. immense power some of these individuals wielded, not really a single one of them displayed theability to come back to life once dead. 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 take my lifefrom me. We sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay this down when I want to also totake it up again." john 10:17-18 (NLT)Three days and three evenings after His crucifixion, jesus of Nazareth exhibited this power.Power Over blowing wind and Waves - such as one would expect of god, Jesus of Nazareth hadpower over wind and waves:"When jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the flaming waves. Suddenly the storm stopped andall was relaxed. Then he asked them, Where is your faith? the disciples were terrified and amazed.Who is this man they asked each other. When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obeyhim!" lomaz 8:24-25 (NLT)Power Over Fish - similar to His power of the blowing wind and waves, Jesus highlighted His powerover all associated with creation by commanding the very 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 internet because there were so many fish in it." John 21:six(NLT)His Breath Blew Down Soldiers - the actual Roman Army is known throughout human history as oneof the most ruthless and powerful fighting causes the world has ever known. Yet, jesus of Nazarethcast Roman 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 eighteen :6 (NLT)Power more than Physical RealmIn addition, the actual miracles of Jesus testify to His identity. These people proclaim His power withinthe physical universe:"a guy with leprosy came as well as knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. If youre willing, youcan heal me personally and make me clean,a he said. Moved with empathy, Jesus reached out aswell as touched him. I m willing, he said. Be healed! Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the guywas healed." Mark 1 :40-42 (NLT)"following Jesus left the girls home, two blind men followed along behind him or her, shouting, Son ofdonald, have mercy on us! They went right into the house where he was remaining, and Jesus askedthem, Do you believe I can cause you to see? Yes, lord, they told him, we do. he then touchedtheir eyes and said, Because of your belief, it will happen. then their eyes were opened up, and theycould see!" Matthew 9 :27-30 (NLT)"one of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. Whenever Jesus saw him and knewhe had been sick for a long time, he asked him, Would you like to get well I cant, mister, the sickguy said, for I have nobody to put me into the pool when the water bubbles upward. Someone elsealways gets presently there ahead of me. christ told him, Stand upward, pick up your mat, as well aswalk! Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat as well as began walking!" John 5:5-17 (NLT)
  4. 4. "he or she saw that they were in severe trouble, rowing hard as well as struggling against the windand waves. About three oclock each morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. Heintended to go past all of them, but when they saw him walking on the water, these people cried out interror, thinking he was a ghost." tag 6:48-49 (NLT)And Jesus performed many other wonders which required power within the physical universe, far toomany to be examined here.Omnipresent (Ever-Present)By definition, God is actually omnipresent. He is everywhere all the time. He exists in all places in thepast, present, and future. 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 saw himunder the fig sapling earlier that day. His declaration mesmerized Nathanael, who acknowledged thisas knowledge which no other man could have. However Jesus was there. As 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 doyou know about me? Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, I could see you under the fig tree before Philipdiscovered you. Then Nathanael exclaimed, Rabbi, you are the boy of God - the actual King ofIsrael!a " John 1:47-49 (NLT)The Holy Spirit -- God is Spirit, and also the Spirit of God became flesh in the name associated withJesus of Nazareth:"In the beginning the Word already been around. The Word was with lord, and the Word was god. Heexisted in the beginning along with God. God created every thing through him, and nothing wascreated except through him. The term gave life to everything that was created, and his life introducedlight to everyone. The sunshine shines in the darkness, and also the darkness can never extinguishit." John 1:1-5 (NLT)Be With You Always - Reminding them of their omnipresence, Jesus assured their 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 12 disciples, but all who believe inHim), 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 christ "fills all things everywherewith himself":"And the chapel is his body; its made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere withhimself." Ephesians one :23 (NLT)EternalYet an additional characteristic of God is actually His eternal nature. God is not bound by time ordeath. He is the foremost and the Last, the Alpha and also the Omega. According to the Oldtestament, there is no other God:"This is what the Lord says -- Israels King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heavens Armies: I am the
  5. 5. First and the final ; there is no other God. " Isaiah 44:6 (NLT)Does this character trait describe Jesus of Nazareth? The Apostle John testified yes:"When I noticed him, I fell from his feet as if we were dead. But he laid his right hands on me andstated, Dont be afraid! I am the foremost and the Last." Revelation 1 :17 (NLT)What did Jesus Say?So far, weve examined the evidence as recorded by the Old testomony prophets and the Newtestomony witnesses. But what did Jesus Himself have to state about this subject? If were truly therighteous religious teacher and holy man many claim Him to be, would He call themself God if to doso had been false? Of course not. Yet this is just what Jesus claimed. On numerous occasions, Heunequivocally mentioned that He is God Almighty.The Father and I Are One -- Jesus Himself claimed to become 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 thename of God, the Almighty replied "I AM":"but Moses protested, If i go to the people of Israel and tell them, The god of your ancestors has sentme to you, they will ask me, What is his name? then what should I tell them?a God replied to Moses,I AM WHO i am. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.a " Exodus 3:13-14 (NLT)In answering His experts, Jesus proclaimed Himself to become "I AM":"Jesus answered, 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 or herhe had already seen the daddy. To look upon Jesus, would be to look upon the Father:"Jesus replied, Have we been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still dont know who I am?Anyone who has observed me has seen the daddy ! So why are you asking me to show him to you?a" John 14:9 (NLT)You Will See the boy of Man on Clouds of Heaven - While position before the High Priest to beinterrogated, 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 correct hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.a " 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:"the lord said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor inside my right hand until i humble your enemies,which makes them a footstool under your ft." Psalm 110:1 (NLT)By claiming they would see Him coming on the actual clouds of heaven, christ was proclaimingHimself to be the One whose rule is eternal:"As my personal vision continued that evening, I saw someone just like a son of man coming with theclouds of heaven. He or she 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 raceand nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal - it will never end. His kingdom will never
  6. 6. be destroyed." Daniel 7:13-14 (NLT)Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the one and only God Himself.Accepts worship From Others Without Rebuke - In addition to His claims, what Jesus didnt say has alot to say about His identity. For example, Jesus clearly stated a person must only worship God:"Get from here, Satan, jesus told him. For the actual Scriptures say, You must worship the Lordyour lord and serve only him." Matthew 4:10 (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 by saying, "Im only a man. Dont worship me."instead, He perpetuated the notion he should be honored like lord the Father:"He has provided the Son absolute expert to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just like theyhonor the Father." john 5:22-23 (NLT)The following examples show christ accepting this high praise and honor:"My Lord and my lord ! 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 along with leprosy approached him as well as knelt before him. Lord, the mansaid, if you are willing, you can heal me and make me thoroughly clean." Matthew 8:two (NLT)"But your woman came and worshiped him or her, pleading again, Lord, assist me to !" Matthew15:twenty five (NLT)"And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. Plus they ran to him, grasped his feet, andworshiped 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 god Almighty Say?If christ were the only witness associated with His divinity, then He shouldnt be believed. But Hes notthe only real witness. His Father within heaven also testified towards the identity of Jesus associatedwith Nazareth:"And a tone of voice from heaven said, This is my dearly cherished Son, who brings me great joy."Matthew 3:17 (NLT)I Will Share My beauty With No OneThe Old testament 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 glory to anyone else, neither share my praise withcarved idols." Isaiah forty two :8 (NLT)In truth, 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 their glory with anyone else, then by definition, Jesus of Nazareth can not sharein their glory. Unless, of course, christ and God are one and the same. And this is the position putforth by the Creator of the Universe:Gods Voice Speaks
  7. 7. God testified before men he would bring glory towards the name of Jesus:"Father, bring glory to your name. Then a tone of voice spoke from heaven, stating, I have alreadybrought beauty to my name, and i will do so again. " 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." steve 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 had been joined by a vast host of others - the armies of heaven - praising Godand saying, Glory to God in greatest heaven, and peace on the planet to those with whom lord ispleased." luke 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 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 god glorify Jesus, and remain true to His word to never give His glory to anyone else,unless giving beauty to Jesus is the same as giving glory to God?ConclusionThe characteristics of God, all shared by Jesus of Nazareth, reflect the satisfaction of an OldTestament prediction - a promise around the world. God promised a sign, that a virgin would conceivea child, a boy whose title means God is with all of us, meaning He would be God in the flesh:"All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Appear ! The virgin will newborn child! She willgive delivery to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means God is by using us)." Isaiah7:fourteen (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 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 of this occurred to fulfill the Lords message through hisprophet: Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give 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 also the miraculous life which adopted, most of the world hasfailed to identify the Creator among them.They Did Not Recognize HimThis is the message of the Gospel of John. God came into the planet in human form, yet the veryworld He produced failed to recognize Him:"He came into the very globe 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; when they had, they would not have crucified our
  8. 8. glorious Lord." one Corinthians 2:8 (NLT)Even many self-proclaimed christians fail to recognize the true identification of Jesus of Nazareth. Heis the Christ, god, the father of lords, and king of kings. He is the actual Alpha and the Omega, thestart and the end.Dont repeat the mistakes of those who refuse to acknowledge the glory of Jesus of Nazareth. Hesmore than a holy man, the prophet, and a teacher. He is God among us.Jeremiah 29