- A great moral teacher.
- A charlatan, con man, fake.
- A crazy person.
- Son of God, Savior, Lord.
- A liar
- A lunatic
- God in the flesh
- John 8: 58 Before Abraham was, I am
- Son of God
- John 10:35 I said “I am God’s Son”
- The giver of eternal life
- John 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life
- The only way to God
- John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
2. His death and resurrection
- If his predictions did not come true, we can ignore the rest of His words about himself.
- If they did come true, we have to respond the rest of His words.
- Rejected by the chief priests and teachers of the law
- Handed over to the Gentiles (Romans)
- Spit upon
- Crucified and killed
- Rise again on the third day
- Historical sources confirm the crucifixion of Jesus (Flavius Josephus)
- Eyewitness testimony from credible witnesses
- If it was a conspiracy, it was carried out flawlessly by hundreds of people who were willing to die for what they knew was a lie.
- Any lawyer will tell you that’s all but impossible.
- The works of followers of Jesus
- Miracles, signs, and wonders
- Endurance of persecution
- Changed lives (the Apostle Paul is a great example – from murderer to martyr)