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Lesson Twenty - Eight


MEMORY VERSE: And the owrd was made flesh, and dwelt among us. (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. John 1:14.

BIBLE PASSAGE: John 1:1-18.
INTRODUCATION: Jesus Christ is God the Son. He is not merely a good man or a great teacher but God (Matt. 1:23). God the Son became flesh and came to dwell with man (Jn. 1:14). His names prove the fact that He is truly God, Wonderful, and Counselor: Only the omniscient God could be the perfect Counselor.

1.   What have God the Father and Son in common?
2.   What are the other characteristics of Jesus Christ?
3.   How did Jesus demonstrate that he is God?

1.   What have God the father and son in common?
Both God the Father and God the son have a lot of things in common. Foe example, they are both eternal (Micah 5:2). The Messiah – Saviour was to be the eternal omnipresent God HIMSELF. Both gave their names as “I AM” (Exo. 3:14, John 8:58). When Jesus gave His name as “I AM,” the Jews understood Him perfectly and thought that He had committed blasphemy for ascribing the Name of God to Himself. They promptly attempted to stone Him because that was the proper death penalty for this particular sin (Lev.24:12-16). But Jesus is the great “I AM” in person.

Other characteristics of Jesus Christ point to the fact that He is God. For example, He forgive sins (MK. 2:5,7). He also promised to be anywhere at one and the same time (Mt. 18:20). To be omnipresent, is a characteristic of God Almighty only, not of angels or men. Jesus also has the ability to know all things which is a characteristic exclusive to God Himself. Jesus used this ability in Mk. 11:2-6. Jesus is also omnipotent; omnipotence is another exclusive characteristic of God. Jesus is omnipotent (Matt. 28:18). This claim supersedes the power of man, spirit, angels, demons or superman. Also, to bring something into being from nothing, that is creation, is possible only to God. Now Jesus Christ was active in creation and continues to maintain the world (Jn. 1:3, Heb. 1:3). Remember He turned water to wine and provided food for 5,000 out of five loaves of bread and two little fishes! He can supply all your needs too! (Phil. 4:19).

Jesus demonstrated that He is God in several ways. For example, Jesus Christ received worship due only to God (Jn. 9:38). Now only God must be worshipped. Jesus said so Himself (Lk. 4:8). To worship anyone but the Lord God is a terrible sin. When Jesus accepted worship therefore He was saying to the world, “I AM THE LORD.” Jesus also accepted the testimony of Thomas (Jn. 20:28). If Thomas has made a mistake or overstatement, Jesus would have corrected it. But Thomas told the truth for Jesus was the Lord God, the eternal pre-existent one. However, the strongest argument that Jesus is God is the fact that He resurrected from the dead (Rom. 1:4). Praise God, our Redeemer liveth!

If Jesus were a liar, impostor or a mere man or superman, God would have left Him in the grave until the day of the final judgement and then condemned Him to hell. According to Rom. 6:4, it was the Father God, Himself, that raised Jesus from the dead. The Father God thus declared to the world that Jesus Christ is his Son, God the Son! Therefore when you come to Jesus, you are coming to God. No wonder He can solve all your problems. No wonder He will raise His own on the resurrection morning. He knows all, so He knows what your problems are. He is omnipotent, so He can be with you anywhere and at all times, if and this is the big if, you are one of His. Are you?

1.   How do you know that Jesus is God?
2.   Give one prophecy to show that Jesus was to be the eternal One?
3.   How does Mark 2:5 prove that Jesus is God?
4.   What is the greatest argument that Jesus is God?
5.   Why should you come to Jesus and be His sheep?

FURTHER READINGS: The following passages will tell you more about God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jn. 8:58, Col. 1:17, Rev. 1:8, Heb. 13:8, Lk. 8:24, Mt.28:20, 1 Pet. 2:22, Jn.15:13, Titus 3:5.