Did Jesus claim himself to be God?

30 April, 2021

When we study the Bible thoroughly, we can see that Jesus clearly mentioned/ revealed that he was God himself in human form. Jesus declared that he was God in a very special way. When reading the Good News, we will notice that every Author of the Gospels  and writers of the epistles truly believed that Jesus Christ was God Himself, as this was the fundamental truth based on which their write-up was built. But, Jesus never went around declaring he was God and asking people to worship him. 

Have you ever thought about why he didn’t do so?

The primary reason why Jesus came to the world was to reveal the mighty power of God the Father and not to reveal himself. It was the duty of the Father and the Holy Spirit to reveal who Jesus was. This is the beautiful concoction of the relationship that forms the Holy Trinity.  The triad exalts the other and not themselves. 

Matthew 11:29 says, ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’

Jesus came into the world as a humble, gentle and meek soul. He wasn’t bragging or boasting about Himself.or the incredible power bestowed upon him. He came into the world gentle as ever. He never boasted about his deity. 

Philippians 2:4-8 says, ‘4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!’

Jesus proved his divinity through his dignified works and dignified words. He continued to do so through his miracles, his names and titles and by fulfilling all the Old Testament prophecies about him. Therefore, we observe that Jesus showcased his divinity through two aspects:

  1. Words
  2. Works

If you compare and contrast the writing style of the Old Testament and the New Testament, you will observe certain remarkable differences. One among them is that, in the Old Testament, all the Prophets, prophesied by beginning with “Thus says the Lord…”, but when we read the New Testament, Jesus goes on to say that “I say unto you…”. Jesus never said,’ Thus says the Lord”. Jesus establishes a sense of authority with these words, as the focus and power now dwell upon him.  In the Old Testament, Jesus was speaking through the prophets, but in the New Testament, he talks directly to his people without any spokesman. For instance, as a Father, you don’t have to keep telling your children or reminding them every day that you are their Father. The very fact that you are their Father will exude in your words, actions, deed and behaviour. 

There was never a need for Jesus to come into this world and declare that he was God because he came into this world as a human being (not in Godly form) and he revealed his power through his words and works. Nobody else in this world could do what he did or can do what he did. No one has said what Jesus said. Jesus proclaimed his power, his authority and his deity through his actions, without ever explicitly saying anything at all. 

If you observe the life of Jesus, from up close, nobody will ever wonder whether he is Lord. Because his every action and deed proved his power. Nobody ever spoke like Jesus spoke, with such authority and power. Merely looking at his “I am…” statements prove so. 

“I am the Truth…” 

“I am the way of Life…”

“I am the Light…”

“I am the door of the sheep…”

Who else in the history of the world would or could make such statements?

No prophet could make such bold declarations. All these facts attested that he was the Lord and not merely a human being. 

As we go through the trial of Jesus, we read in Mark 14:61-64 says, 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death.’

In those days, for the high priests, there was no distinction between God and Son of God, as referring to himself as Son of God was blasphemous enough. 

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About the Author

Ps. Damien Antony 

BRev. Damien Antonyorn and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.