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The Jesus Dilemma - Part 6, Jesus' Own Claims
Miles McPherson - June 12, 2011

Message Recap

This week Miles wrapped up the Jesus Dilemma by seeing what Jesus said about Himself. For the last few weeks we have heard what others (His critics and His enemy) said about Jesus, but now we arrive at the heart of the matter.

John 5 describes a pool of water in Jerusalem where sick people go to be healed. Jesus is there on a Sabbath day and heals one of these men, after which He instructs the man to pick up the mat on which he used to lie and go home. Because this was the Sabbath, some nearby Pharisees saw this man carrying his mat and became angry, as work of any kind was not permitted on the Sabbath. So they decide to confront Jesus. Beginning in John 5:17, Jesus states that He is the Son of God in five different ways. This is important because many people say that Jesus was a prophet or a good teacher but not the Son of God (and therefore not able to die for our sins). That would be bad news for all of us!

1. Jesus exercised the absolute authority only assigned to God.

In verse 8 Jesus tells this man to “take up [his] bed and walk,” even though it was the Sabbath. In verse 14, He says, “Sin no more.” Jesus has said this before, but it is a very important statement because nobody but God can forgive sin. And in verse 22, the writer explains, “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son.”

2. Jesus gave himself the title that made Him equal to God.

Jesus says in John 8:58 (and in other places), “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” This is how God explained His own name to Moses at the burning bush, so the Jewish leaders of the time knew exactly what this meant: Jesus is saying that He is God. There is no way around this. Anyone else would have been stoned, as this is blasphemy, but for Jesus it is the truth!

3. Jesus accepted, worship which was only assigned to God.

Several passages of Scripture explain that worship is only meant to be given to and received by God. In Revelation 22:9, an angel stops John (who has bowed in worship before the angel) by saying, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” The first commandment is also very velar that no one should be worshiped but God alone (Exodus 20:3). In Matthew 4:10, Jesus rejects Satan’s temptation with these words, “For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

These are some of the things that Jesus said about Himself so that we may have a clear understanding that He is the Son of God. But most importantly, with Him we have eternal life.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the people worshiped Him (John 12:12-16). On a boat during a storm, Jesus commanded the storm to cease and the disciples worshiped Him. In any Scriptural instance when worship is directed at Jesus, He never instructs people to stop. He accepts the worship that is directed to God.

4. Jesus claimed to be the way to heaven.

“…I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24 No religious leader has claimed to be able to save anyone this way. Without Jesus, there is no heaven and if there is no heaven, then there is only eternal separation from God.

5. Jesus made promises that only God can keep.

In John 5:29, Jesus goes one step further, saying that not only is He the way to a resurrected life, but that to be without Him is a resurrection of condemnation. In Matthew 25:31-41, Jesus says that He will sit on the throne to judge and to those who reject Him, He will have them depart “into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

These are some of the things that Jesus said about Himself so that we may have a clear understanding that He is the Son of God. But most importantly, with Him we have eternal life.

The Jesus Dilemma

This 6-part series investigates who Jesus really is, examining various viewpoints of Jesus throughout history to today. Today's message looks at what Jesus said about Himself showing He is the Son of God.

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