Note: At North Baptist Church we are currently on a 31 week journey through the entire Bible. Called The Story, this journey finds us discussing the same Bible passage in our personal reading time, the sermon, Adult Bible Fellowships, and Small Groups. I figured I would post a few thoughts each week as I go through my lesson prep.
Last week in The Story we looked at how Jesus taught and performed signs and wonders in order to proclaim the good news of the coming kingdom. We saw that, while these actions were consistent with an Old Testament prophet, Jesus did them with such authority and at such a high frequency that the people were amazed; they only knew he was no ordinary man.
In this week’s reading from The Story, we see that Jesus made some great claims about his identity and purpose. Here are just a few of the claims Jesus made about himself:
- He had the power to forgive sins.
- He is eternal
- He is the Son of God
- He is the only source of salvation
Everyone who reads the Gospels needs to account for Jesus’ statements about himself. If we agree on the historicity of the Gospel accounts—that Jesus truly made these claims—we only have three options in viewing Jesus: he was either a deceiver (lying to all), he was deceived himself (crazy or mad), or he is divine (he is who he said he was).Tweet