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Who Is Jesus Of Nazareth_ (22)


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Who Is Jesus Of Nazareth_ (22)

  1. 1. Who Is Jesus Of Nazareth?Who was Jesus associated with Nazareth? For nearly two thousand many years, the world hasdebated this query. Some say He was a prophet. Some think he was a madman. Still other peoplethink He was a excellent teacher. But for those who recognize His voice, the question is not Who wasJesus of Nazareth?, but rather Who is Jesus of Nazareth? Because unlike additional men of history,jesus of Nazareth was, is actually, and will be for all of eternity.A careful examination of the historic 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 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 life all the fullness of god 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 originator of the Universe - the doorway is wide open for them to encounter a personalrelationship with that exact same God. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Their name isJesus associated with Nazareth.But dont take my personal word for it. God has a number of identifiable character traits. If Jesus ofNazareth is worthy of the name of God Almighty and Lord of Heavens Armies, then the historicalaccount of His life will reveal that He shared these distinctive traits. Lets examine them.Omniscient (All-Knowing)The meaning of God requires Him to become all-knowing. God must have understanding of all things,including the thoughts associated with others. Did Jesus exhibit this character trait? yes. He did.History discloses a number of instances in which christ displayed His omniscience. 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 creation when He revealed to His disciples that they were to trap a fish,open its mouth, and find a large silver 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 she had ever done.Their knowledge was enough to convince her that He was the Messiah, and His phrases wereenough 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!" steve 4:39 (NLT)"You Know Everything" - the actual disciples, who spent more time with Jesus during his earthlyministry than other people, testified that He knows everything - the very definition of omniscience:"Now we understand that you know everything, and theres you dont need to question you. From this
  2. 2. we feel that you came from God." steve 16:30 (NLT)"A third time he requested him, "Simon son associated with John, do you love me personally" Peterwas hurt which Jesus asked the query a third time. He said, Lord, you know everything. You knowthat i love you." John twenty one :17 (NLT)12-Year aged Jesus In The Temple -- As a young boy, christ and His family made a pilgrimage to theTemple in Jerusalem. While there, Jesus amazed the Jewish religious instructors with Hisunderstanding:"three days later they finally discovered him in the temple, sitting among the religious teachers,listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him or her were amazed at his knowing and hisanswers." Luke 2 :46-47 (NLT)"so how exactly does He Know All This?" - Jesus taught in the forehead, and the people wereamazed at the actual depth of His understanding, since He was not a man educated and trained bymen:"Then, midway through the festival, Jesus proceeded to go up to the Temple as well as began toteach. The people were surprised when they heard him or her. How does he know so much when hewas not trained? they requested." John 7:14-15 (NLT)"One Of You Will Betray Me" - Jesus had fore-knowledge of His betrayal. He knew that one of thevery trusted members of their inner-circle would betray him :"Then Jesus said, I chose the twelve of you, but one is a demon. He was talking about Judas, son ofSimon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who does later betray him." john 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 actual hands by which it would happen, and the miraculousevent which may take place three days later :"From then on Jesus started to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him or her to go toJerusalem, and that he would 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 3rd day hewould be raised from the dead." Matthew 16 :21 (NLT)Omnipotent (All-Powerful)A second character trait of God is omnipotence. By definition, God is all-powerful. He has power overall things. Did Jesus associated with Nazareth exhibit this character trait? History reveals he did.The Power To eliminate Sin - According to the old Testament, only God has the ability to forgive sins.And also the Prophet Jeremiah prophesied during the day when God will eliminate men of theirwickedness and never 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 understanding that only God can forgive sins, Jesus obviously announced His ownpower to forgive sins, thus revealing himself as God:"viewing their faith, Jesus believed to the paralyzed man, My child, your sins tend to be forgiven. Butsome of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, What is he saying
  3. 3. This is blasphemy! Only lord can forgive sins! " Mark 2:5-11 (NLT)Power To Lay Down his Life - Throughout background, men and woman have died. Despite theimmense energy some of these individuals wielded, not a single one of them displayed the power tocome back to life once lifeless. Yet Jesus claimed to have this power:"the father loves me because i sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can consider mylife from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay this down when I want to and alsoto take it up again." steve 10:17-18 (NLT)Three days and three nights after His crucifixion, jesus of Nazareth exhibited this power.Power Over blowing wind and Waves - like one would expect of lord, Jesus of Nazareth had powerover wind as well as waves:"When christ woke up, he rebuked the wind and the flaming waves. Suddenly the surprise stoppedand all was calm. Then he asked them, Where is your faith? the disciples were terrified as well asamazed. Who is this guy they asked each other. When he gives a order, even the wind and wavesobey him!" luke 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 your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and youll acquire some ! So theydid, and they couldnt haul in the internet 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 very breath of His mouth area :"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 actual miracles of Jesus testify to His identity. These people proclaim His power withinthe physical universe:"a guy with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. If youre willing, you canheal me and make me clean, he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him.I am willing, he said. Be healed! Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the guy was healed." Mark 1:40-42 (NLT)"following Jesus left the womens home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, Son ofdavid, have mercy on us!a They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked allof them, Do you believe I can make you see? Yes, lord, they told him, we do. then he touched theireyes and said, Because of your faith, it will happen. then their eyes were opened, and they couldsee!" Matthew 9 :27-30 (NLT)"among the men lying there had been ill for thirty-eight years. Whenever Jesus saw him as well asknew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him or her, 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 else always gets there ahead of me. jesus told him, Stand upward, pick up your mat, aswell as walk! Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled away his sleeping mat as well as began
  4. 4. walking!" John 5 :5-17 (NLT)"he or she saw that they were in severe trouble, rowing hard as well as struggling against the wind aswell as waves. About three oclock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. Heintended to go past them, but when they saw him walking on the water, these people cried out interror, considering he was a ghost." mark 6:48-49 (NLT)And Jesus performed many other wonders which required power within the physical universe, far toomany to become examined here.Omnipresent (Ever-Present)By definition, God is omnipresent. He is everywhere at all times. 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 tree earlier that day. His statement mesmerized Nathanael, who acknowledged thisas knowledge which no other man could have. However Jesus was there. Since the omnipresentSpirit of lord, He was present whenever Nathanael was under the fig tree:"As they approached, Jesus said, Now this is a genuine son of Israel - a man of total integrity. Howare you aware about me? Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, I could see you under the fig tree beforePhilip found you. Then Nathanael exclaimed, Rabbi, you are the son of God - the King of Israel! "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 god. Heexisted in the beginning along with God. God created everything through him, and nothing wascreated except through him. The term gave life to everything that was created, and his life introducedlight to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." John1:1-5 (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 particular : I am with you always, even going to the end of the age." Matthew28:20 (NLT)This unique ability to be present with each individual (not just the twelve disciples, but all who believein Him), at all times all through history, is demonstrative from 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 chapel is his body; its made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere withhimself." Ephesians 1 :23 (NLT)EternalYet another characteristic of God is actually His eternal nature. God is not bound by time or death. Heis the foremost and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega. According to the Old testomony, there is no
  5. 5. other God:"This is what the Lord says - Israels King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heavens Armies: I am the Firstand the final ; there is no other God.a " Isaiah 44:6 (NLT)Does this character trait describe Jesus of Nazareth? The Apostle John claimed yes:"When I noticed him, I fell from his feet as if i 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 as recorded by the Old testomony prophets and the Newtestament witnesses. But what do Jesus Himself have to say about this subject? If had been 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 exactly what Jesus claimed. On many 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 - based on the Old Testament, when Moses requested to the know the title ofGod, the Almighty replied "I AM":"however Moses protested, If i go to the people of Israel and tell them, The god of your ancestorshas delivered me to you, theyll ask me, What is his name? then what should I tell them?a Godreplied to Moses, I AM WHO i am. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you. "Exodus 3:13-14 (NLT)In answering His critics, Jesus proclaimed Himself to be "I AM":"Jesus answered, I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, i am !" John 8:58 (NLT)"Philip, dont you Know Me?" - whenever Philip asked to see the father, Jesus plainly told him or herhe had already seen the father. To look upon Jesus, would be to look upon the Father:"Jesus replied, Have we 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 son of Man on Clouds associated with Heaven - While standing before the HighPriest to be interrogated, Jesus was requested who He was. NO one with knowledge of the Oldtestament scriptures can mistake his response:"Jesus replied, You have said it. As well as in the future you will see the son of Man seated in thehost to power at Gods correct hand and coming on the actual clouds of heaven. " Matthew 26:64(NLT)By claiming they would observe Him seated in the host to power at Gods correct hand, Jesus wasproclaiming Himself to be the Lord from the Old Testament:"god, the father said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until we humble yourenemies, which makes them a footstool under your ft." Psalm 110:one (NLT)By claiming they would see Him coming on the actual clouds of heaven, jesus was proclaimingHimself to be the One whose rule is actually eternal:
  6. 6. "As my vision continued that evening, I saw someone just like a son of man coming using the cloudsof heaven. He approached the Ancient 1 and was led in to his presence. He was handed authority,honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every competition andnation and vocabulary would obey him. Their rule is eternal -- it will never end. Their kingdom willnever be destroyed." Daniel 7:13-14 (NLT)Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the one and only God Himself.Accepts praise From Others Without Rebuke - In addition to His statements, what Jesus didnt statehas a lot to say about His identification. For example, Jesus clearly mentioned a person must onlypraise God:"Get out of here, Satan, christ told him. For the actual Scriptures say, You must worship the Lordyour god and serve only him or her." Matthew 4:10 (NLT)Yet, when people worshipped Jesus or fell lower 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 god the Father:"He has provided the Son absolute expert to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as theyhonor the Father." john 5:22-23 (NLT)The following examples show jesus accepting this high compliment and honor:"My Lord and my lord ! Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, You believe because you haveseen me personally. Blessed are those who think without seeing me. " 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 heal me and make me clean." Matthew 8:two (NLT)"But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, Lord, assist me to !" Matthew 15:25 (NLT)"And as these people went, Jesus met them and greeted them. Plus they ran to him, grasped his feet,and worshiped him." Matthew 28:nine (NLT)"Yes, lord, I believe! the man stated. And he worshiped Jesus." steve 9:38 (NLT)In each of these instance, human beings offered Jesus praise, honor, as well as titles worthy of Godalone. And He gladly accepted their own praise.What Did lord Almighty Say?If jesus were the only witness associated with His divinity, then He really should not be believed. ButHes not the only real witness. His Father in heaven also testified towards the identity of Jesus ofNazareth:"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 glory With No OneThe Old testament clearly documents Gods purpose to share His glory without any one else:"im the Lord; that is my title ! I will not give my glory to anyone else, neither share my praise alongwith carved idols." Isaiah forty two :8 (NLT)In truth, one of the ten commandments outlaws worship of false gods:"You must not have every other god but me." Exodus 20:3 (NLT)
  7. 7. If God will not share his glory with anyone else, after that by definition, Jesus of Nazareth can notshare in their glory. Unless, of course, christ and God are one and also the same. And this is theplacement put forth by the Creator from 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 voice spoke from heaven, stating, I have already broughtglory to my name, and that i will do so again.a " John 12:28 (NLT)And Jesus spoke of 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, thus giving glory toJesus:"Suddenly, the angel had been joined by a vast host associated with others - the armies of heaven -praising God and saying, Glory to God in greatest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whomgod is pleased." luke 2:13-14 (NLT)John also testifies to the glory of Jesus:"we now have seen his glory, the actual glory of the Fathers one and only Son." John 1:fourteen(NLT)Its the same beauty God proclaimed He would give to His son in the old Testament:"The full proclaims the Lords decree: The Lord said to me, You are my boy. Today I have becomeyour father." Psalm 2:7 (NLT)How could lord glorify Jesus, and remain true to His word to never give His glory in order to anyoneelse, unless giving glory to Jesus is the same as giving glory to God?ConclusionThe characteristics of God, all shared by Jesus associated with Nazareth, reflect the satisfaction of anOld Testament prophecy - a promise to the world. God promised a sign, that a virgin would conceivea kid, a boy whose title means God is with 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 birth to a son and will call him up Immanuel (which means God is with 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 seemed to him in a dream. Joseph, son of David,athe angel said, do not be afraid to take jane as your wife. For the child within her was created by theHoly Spirit. And she will have a son, and youre simply to name him Jesus, with regard to he will savehis people from their sins. all of this occurred to fulfill the Lords message through his prophet: Look!The virgin may conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and theyll call him Immanuel, whichmeans 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 recognize the Creator among them.They Did Not Recognize HimThis may be the message of the Gospel associated with John. God came into the world in human
  8. 8. form, the very world He created failed to recognize Him:"He came into the very globe he created, but the globe didnt recognize him." steve 1:10 (NLT)Even those who lay claim to the actual wisdom of this world didnt recognize their own Creator:"But the rulers of this world have not understood it; when they had, they would not have crucified ourglorious Lord." 1 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 full of kings. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the start andthe end.Dont replicate the mistakes of those who refuse to acknowledge the glory of Jesus of Nazareth. He ismore than a holy man, a prophet, and a teacher. Hes God among us.Jeremiah 29