Jesus is the True God

Jesus is the True God

The following is a sermon transcription that that will hopefully help you to find out that Jesus is the True God and help you with this conviction.

Jesus is the True God

(adapted from a sermon by Pr Chin Aun Quek)

Is Jesus really the true God? Is He really the creator of the heavens, the earth and everything in it, the one who created and gave life to man? Many who learn history know that Jesus is a historical figure, a Jew, a carpenter’s son. Why would we claim that such a person is God? Just as the people of his hometown opposed him and did not believe that Jesus is God (Mt 13:54-57), we may have our doubts: how can Jesus be God?

Jesus displayed a wisdom and power that was different from that displayed by wise men and people who were able to perform signs. The people in his hometown who knew Him and His family may have found it hard to believe that Jesus is God incarnated in the flesh, but undeniably, His wisdom and power astonished them. If He were an ordinary man, how did He come to have such powers? How was He able to speak words of such divine nature, words that only God could speak?

In John 6:38-42, Jesus clearly stated that He was from heaven and said that those who believe in Him shall have eternal life; on the last day He will raise them up. We know that eternal life is something many hope for, but no one can attain, much less have the authority to bestow eternal life unto another. How could people believe that Jesus has the authority to call the dead back to life again? This is because they were able to see the absolute authority Jesus had, an authority that only God has. Mark 1:21-22 recorded how people were amazed by the authority of Jesus’s words when He spoke in the synagogue. Although they did not believe in Him, they could not deny Him because they witnessed the power which proved the authority of His words; with just His words, He commanded the evil spirit out of a man (Mk 1:23-26). The crowd was clearly amazed by the way Jesus had cast out the evil spirit (v.27), for although casting demons was not new, no one had seen anyone cast out the unclean spirits without depending on the name of some god or using rituals. This demonstrated the power and authority in Jesus’s words.

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Do you believe that Jesus is God? Do you believe that on the last day He will be the judge of the world? For those who do not believe, they may say, “No, I do not believe. Only the devil will believe you.” It is indeed true – the devil does believe! The evil spirits knew that Jesus is the Holy One of God and that He has the power to destroy them. It is clear that Jesus’s words contain the power and authority which even evil spirits succumb to.

This was not the only incident where Jesus performed such a miracle. When word of this spread, many who were sick or demon-possessed were brought to Jesus and the whole city gathered to see Him manifest His power (Mk 1:32-34), demonstrating that He came from heaven.

Jesus had the power to change the nature of substances. In the first miracle He performed, Jesus transformed water into wine (Jn 2:7-11). We may have had experience breaking water into its elements, hydrogen and oxygen, and we may have combined these elements to form water again. But would we be able to transform water into wine? Only Jesus was able to change the nature of substances and transform water into wine. This miracle demonstrated the authority of God.

There were also two other miracles Jesus performed, where He fed many with the little food available, demonstrating that God has the power to change quantity too. In one, He fed 5000 with just five loaves of bread and two fishes after blessing the food (Mk 8:19-21). Some people chose not to believe this miracle and tried to provide logical explanations for it: the unselfish act of the young lad who shared his food touched those present, who then subsequently decided to share whatever they had so that everybody present could be filled. However, none have been able to deny that even after everyone was filled, there were still twelve baskets of food left. If those among the crowd who had food shared with others, the food would be just sufficient to fill all. That there were twelve baskets of food left testified to the power of Jesus. He did not perform this miracle just once; a similar miracle happened again. Seven loaves of bread was used to feed 4000 people and the seven baskets of fragments left again testified to Jesus’ power.

Jesus said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” You have witnessed His authority; this is not a kind of authority that man can have. It is the absolute authority that only God has. He created all things, controls all things, and has the power to change all things.

Jesus has the power to calm the winds and waves. Luke 8:22-25 records the incident where the disciples were in a boat when a storm suddenly arose. They were afraid and thought that they would die. Yet Jesus was asleep. They woke Jesus up and said “Master, master, we are perishing.” He got up, rebuked the winds and waves and they became calm. The disciples were very happy naturally, as they had thought that they were perishing, but were safe now that the winds and the waves had calmed down. They ought to have rejoiced, but we see that another fear came over them. It is not a fear of the storms or of death. What exactly were they afraid of?

Luke 8:25 (New King James Version)
But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”

What they witnessed made them fearful of Jesus. Initially they were not afraid of Him because Jesus was no different from them. He was just like anyone; He needed to travel by boat, and he got tired like any of them and needed sleep. There was nothing extraordinary about him. Perhaps some were secretly mocking Jesus, the only person sleeping in the boat midst the storm.  When they saw that Jesus calmed the wind and waves, those who mocked were asking, “Who is he really? Why is it that even the winds and waves obeyed him?”

Today, we may be very advanced technologically. We can predict when the winds will come, when a tsunami might happen. But can technology stop these natural phenomena? No one can. We are now able to predict accurately when these things will happen with technological help, but we have absolutely no power to stop them. This is beyond the power of man. The miracle demonstrates how, with just His words, Jesus was able to calm the winds and waves. He manifested His power as the creator of the heavens and the earth, showing us that He indeed came from heaven.

John 11:25 (New King James Version)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

Only Jesus can claim to be the Lord of life. It is not possible for any man to say that he is “the resurrection and the life” unless he is mad or he is acting a role. He might be able to claim that life is with him and he can destroy it, but it will only prove him to be a destroyer of life, not the lord of life. The Lord of life is able to enable life, not take it. Man is only able to destroy life but it not within his power to sustain life. Only Jesus is able to do so; He is one who can cause the dead to come back to life again. John 11:39-45 demonstrates how Jesus gave life to one who was dead. Everyone knew about the death of Lazarus; he had already been buried for 4 days. Yet Jesus called him to come alive again, proving that He really is the Lord of life.

While we enjoy our lives, it is important that we learn the source of life. We know that our lives come from our parents; hence it is reasonable service to be filial to our parents. For if our parents had not given birth to us, we would not be who we are today nor enjoy our current life. But where did our parents come from? If we were to continue asking in this manner, we may question where the first of mankind came from. No one can explain why, when there was nothing, life was given.

Jesus tells us that life comes from God, because God is the Lord of life; He created life and He gave life to man. This “Lord of life” is Lord Jesus. He publicly announced that He is the Lord of life. He demonstrated his power by giving life to those who are dead, to prove that he is indeed the lord of life. Therefore should we not come and worship the Lord of Life?

Jesus is the God in heaven. When Jesus spoke words of the divine nature, saying that “I and the Father are one” (Jn 10:30-33), He meant that He is the Father in heaven, the God who created all things, incarnated in the flesh. He repeatedly announced that He is God. John 8:56-59 records another occasion when Jesus said, “Truly truly I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM”. “I AM” here does not refer to our common use of the term, “I am”. “I AM” recorded here refers to God. When God sent Moses to save the Israelites out of Egypt, he asked God what name he should give to the Israelites, should they ask about God. God told Moses to tell them that “I AM who I AM”, that “I AM” had sent him. The Chinese Bible translates “I AM” as “I am eternal”, as self-existent. Only God is self-existing because He was not created. We know that this self-existing God created man and all things come from Him. No one can call himself “I AM” or claim that he existed on his own. Only Jesus can declare that He is the “I AM”, the self-existing God. He has also said that He will be with His disciples until the end of age (Mt 28:20). Nobody, but God who transcends time and space, can say such words.

In fact, if a father were to tell his son on his deathbed, “My son, do not be sad. After I die, I will return to be with you”, the son would most likely say to his father, “Father, if you need to go, please go. There is no need to come back to frighten me.”

Only God can always be with us even till the end of age. Jesus was with His disciples at then, and today, He is also with us. He has said, as long as two or three are gathered in His name, He will be in their midst. Only God who transcends beyond time and space can be with us until the end of age. Therefore we believe that Jesus is the true God. More importantly, we believe that He will be with us till the end of age. There will be a day when the world will come to an end and God will judge the world. On this last day of the earth, you will find the heavens and Hades revealed, and you will see the Lord Jesus judge the world in righteousness. On that day, whether we are saved or judged, will depend on whether we repent today and believe in Jesus, and whether God has forgiven our sins.

Previously, we might not know who God is. We might not know who the creator and giver of life is. But now, we know that Jesus is the true God; He is the God who created all things and mankind, and it is only right that we come and worship the true God, Jesus.

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