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Jesus Never Said He Was God

Did Jesus ever say I AM GOD? This question was literally thrown at me recently and it’s a huge question with just as huge implications weighing in the balance based on its answer; Let’s dive in.

There are many ways to proclaim any given fact, multiple proofs if you will (think mathematics here) by simple context. To prove that I am a father I could simply just say: “Hey! Meet my son and daughter, she was just born isn’t she cute?”, or I could also just flat-out say that I am a father in one grand declaration. Either ways work and both are equally relevant. So while it’s important to understand what Jesus, himself, said it’s just as equally important to understand the context as well as what the people who He was speaking to believed He meant depending on what He said. Let me show you just a few examples.

There are many references where Jesus calls himself the Son of Man here is one.

Mark 14:60-64

Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the Blessed One?” “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.” The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

Notice that they accuse him of blasphemy for saying he is the Son if Man, but why…I am the son if a man? It’s in reference to Daniel 7:13-14.

I’ll let you look that up on your own but he is basically saying that he is the divine authority.

His claims of deity are just as numerous, here is an example.

John 10:24-33

So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me? The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

The last sentence there is think hits it home. His enemies are the ones that claim he is God, Jesus never implicitly says it much like it’s not necessary for me to implicitly claim I am a father. There is enough other corroborating evidence to support it without me laying it out kindergarten style. Moreover, Jesus does something that only God has the authority to do, like the forgiveness of sin spread throughout the Gospels leading up to the Gentlemen on the cross next to Him at death.

It’s important to see the overall context and the audience that Jesus is speaking too when answering this question. Did Jesus ever flat-out say he was God? No. Did he explain it in other terms? Absolutely.

These are just a few examples and I challenge you to seek out your own answers.

Be blessed.


A Word of Encouragement

It’s a tough job sometimes to be a Christian in the world today, though admittedly we have it the best in America. Here we have less persecution and less upheaval overall than our brothers and sisters in Christ in other nations. Still though sometimes here still we can feel beaten down daily/weekly.

It’s so hard to try to be “Christian” all the time and constantly having people want to beat you down at the slightest stumble. I believe that it stems from the lack of understanding or the misinterpretation by unbelievers that all Christians apparently have it all together and
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Jesus Plus Nothing

Let me just be clear and let you know where I stand on the topic; Jesus plus nothing = the Gospel. In and of itself, open and shut case, take that to the bank.

Here’s the problem though. I hear so many people lately, probably longer than that really, that are throwing all these things on top of the Gospel. Things like be a good person, go to church, give to charity, only wear this type of clothes to church, blah, blah, blah. In and of itself those things are great and most Christians I would hope would do that; but those things are not the Gospel.

You see when you add anything to the saving grace of Jesus it becomes religion. I am constantly annoyed by people who think that Christianity is a religion. Religion is really just a form of behavior modification. It’s a series of steps that make you feel moral and in turn in good standing with a holy God. The Bible itself calls out these people in Matthew 7:22. Many people think that acting right or saying the right things will earn grace but it won’t, it’s ultimately a heart issue.

Behavior modification won’t work. All of history shows that it doesn’t matter what we do we can never seem to follow the rules, we need grace, unearned grace.

**edit** It’s odd how the Spirit works. I’ve been thinking about this topic for weeks and this morning we discussed it in Church.

The Christian Manifesto (and all God’s People)

We believe in the one true God We believe in Father Spirit Son We believe that good has won

And all of the people of God sang along

Amen Amen Amen Amen

We are free He died and lives again We will be a people

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The KISS method of Christianity

I hope that you are familiar with text KISS acronym for it would be a horrible assault on mankind if you weren’t. Just to fill in the gaps though it stands for Keep It Simple Stupid.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling you stupid at all. I didn’t make the saying so it’s not my call. Some motivational speaker probably made it up, but I digress.

As Christians we get hung up on too much “stuff” these days. Stuff like Calvinism, Gifts of the Spirit, predestination, blah, blah, blah You hear things like: “Oh you’re not a 5 pointer? Not Christian!”, “Your not Baptist? I’ll pray for you.”, and the like. We add things to the top of the gospel and on top of Christ, we start making Christianity harder than it really is.

Recently we had some snow here where I live and my son had a great time in it. Later that week I was driving my son to daycare and he asked me a quick question and the whole series went like this:

Him – Dad, who makes it snow?
Me – The clouds.
Him – Nope, God does.

He set me up and I walked right into it. Punk. It’s amazing what children understand.  In this world it really is all about God (and if you ask him he’ll tell you God is Jesus and Jesus is God) and we as adults tend to pile things on top of that. We forget that it really is simple just follow and trust in Jesus. Nothing extra is required. No Calvinism, no denominational spats, no dogma what-so-ever. Just a simple and enduring faith and taking Jesus/God at his word, just an understanding that the whole Bible is about Jesus and that all answers to all questions (even about snow) should point back to Him.

When it comes to Jesus we all need to learn to keep it simple.

I have been so blessed to be given a child and oddly enough I learn so much from him and from his innocence.

Learning to be a Husband and Father

Things just sometimes have a way of hitting your right in the face right out of the blue. It was a few weeks ago for me. My wife and I were watching the movie, Courageous, and it really challenged me. I knew what the overall movie was about, to be certain, but it still hit me. It was really a nagging question: Am I a good father?

It was an inescapable thought. To doubt something like that was, for me at least, horrible. I lose patience sometimes yes but I think I’m loving. However the words from the end of the movie keep repeating in my head, over and over, like a gong. I’ll lay them out for you here (side note: the following words are not mine and in no way, shape or form. They are the property of the company and writers of the movie).

There are some men who, regardless of the mistakes we’ve made in the past, regardless of what our fathers did not do for us, will give the strength of our arms and the rest of our days to loving God with all that we are and to teach our children to do the same—and whenever possible, to love and mentor others who have no father in their lives but who desperately need help and direction. And we are inviting any man whose heart is willing and courageous to join us in this resolution. God’s Word shows us that God desires for every father to courageous step up and do whatever it takes to be involved in the lives of his children. More than just being there for them or providing for them, he is to walk with them through their young lives and be a visual representation of the character of God, their Father in heaven. The father should love his children and seek to win their hearts. He should protect them, discipline them, and teach them about God. He should model how to walk with integrity and treat others with respect and humility.  Who will accept the responsibility of providing and protecting my family? Who will ask God to break the chain of destructive patterns in my family? Who will pray for, and bless my children to boldly pursue whatever God calls them to do?

Those are some powerful words and we would all be wise as men to listen.

If that wasn’t enough the hits just keep on coming. I have been listening to many podcasts from various churches across the nation and there was a sermon that hit me a few messages ago from a church that I won’t name. It spoke of being a leader and of homes and churches desolate because men wouldn’t lead. They wouldn’t lead in the church or the home and by doing so were horrible witnesses to God and a horrible testament of a husband loving his wife as Christ loves the church. The example used was back in Genesis 3. Eve sins first, yes…yes she does. Who does God hold accountable? Let’s see.

Genesis 3:8-9

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool  of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God call to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

Wow…just wow. So no matter who screws up I’m accountable. My son smashes through some kids face in ten years..I’m accountable. My wife has some issue here or there..I’m accountable. My family past present and future…I’m accountable. Talk about a yoke of weight. It presses down upon me so hard. But there is hope for the burden. Christ’s yoke is light and he will help me as well as the Holy Spirit will guide; provided I let them and just be led.

We are accountable to God for the responsiblity given to us, and it is a large responsiblity indeed. Stand up with me men…stand up.

Awesome Poem about Religion and Jesus

A friend of mine posted this to Facebook and I couldn’t help but relate in response to my last post

Hope you enjoy!

What Christianity is and what it is not

Hello all! I hope you have had a great start to the new year. It’s been awhile since I posted but mostly that is due to the ruminations in my head. I’ve thought and thought and this is what has come out. It will be, possibly, abrasive; depending on how you want to take it and where you are currently in life. Still interested? Read on

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Kids Understand We Don’t: Generosity

What is it about the innocence of children that makes the petty things that adults argue about seem insignificant in the overall scheme of things.

Here is the back story involved, it involves my son but this post is not intended to be a brag on my son but instead to brag on how children are as a whole. My son goes to a daycare and there are obviously many children there. Yesterday there was one that was without lunch. Her father had forgotten it in the rush, that we as parents know to well, to get everything together in time to get her dropped off and get himself to work. I’m not sure when it was realized that she didn’t have anything to eat but around lunch time is my understanding. They all sit and eat together as a community at our daycare and my son (without being asked) offered his food to her.

This blows my mind! Not that he would do that (well actually yes..that is it in part as he can get pretty selfish as we all can) but the fact that he saw a need and filled it. Too often in the world that we live in we act out of necessity instead of out of generosity. Let me try to put it into perspective by asking a few questions:

Do you offer to pray at church? Do you donate to the Salvation Army year-long? Do you really think about the starving children in Africa between the infomercials? Do you really give of yourself as often as Christ did?

I know I don’t and that’s sad. My wife told me that story and I thought of it all night. I truly learn so much from my son. Children have an untainted and un-jaded way of thinking and it blows my mind.

My sons frame of mind brings Luke 3:11 to mind

And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with them who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

I have never taught my son to do this yet he knows it’s what’s required and the way it should be. We as adults would be mindful to follow by our children’s example. What would the world look like (especially around the holidays and in todays economic climate) if we gave more abundantly and acted less selfishly?

Church. Are we doing it right?

Hello World,

It’s been awhile since I last wrote, I know. If you enjoy what you read here then I truly am sorry and will try to be more punctual, if you don’t like it then you probably loved the “vacation”.

Anyway back to the post:

Yesterday I spoke with a good friend from college (University as they say over the pond) ,who is currently church-planting, about what Church looks like today vs what it looked like at it’s inception. I gave him my opinion on how I thought church should work and ways that it’s broken. It has me thinking though; am I the only one that has the same opinions? What’s good about the way churches are set up now? What’s bad? Where should we focus, where should we emphasize? Are we doing what Christ called us to do? Are we even truly worshipping if we aren’t?

All big questions…wanted to get the temperature of the readers.

So hit up the comments and let me know your views.

*Disclaimer* keep it bashing here. I really want to have a productive conversation.