If you were to draw a picture of God what would He look like? No one really knows what God looks like. Billions of people down through history have tried to paint God in the shape of an animal, as fire or water, in the stars or sun, as distant gods, inner gods, peaceful gods or fearful gods. Some even say there is no God. Almost everybody has a different view of God from each other. Wouldn’t it be nice if God decided to reveal Himself once and for all? Imagine what it would be like to see God, talk to Him, touch Him, sit down and eat with Him.
Jesus says something very amazing.
“Any one that has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:1-14) Many thousands of people saw, touched, talked and ate with Jesus. They kept record of it so that people would know that God does exist. As we read the Bible people tell us over and over again, “God does exist. We know because we met Him.”
Couldn’t these people make this stuff up? Jesus never claimed to be God, did He? In fact…
Jesus claims to be God more than once.
Jesus claimed to be equal with God got people mad (John 10:30-33). He also puts Himself on equal terms with God:
- John 8:56-58 (Ex.3:13-14) “I AM.”—Jesus claims God’s name as His own.
- John 8:12; 9:5 “I am the Light of the world.”
- John 6:35, 48 “I am the Bread of Life.”
- John 15:1 “I am the True Vine.”
- John 10:10-11 (Ezek.34:11,14) “I am the Good Shepherd.”
- John 11:25 “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”
- John 14:6 “I am the Way, the True, and the Life.”
These are stunning words from Jesus, but they are also dangerous words. It would be like going into Ross Aid Stadium and saying I am a Badger fan.
Anyone can claim to be God, can’t they? Yes. Muhammad Ali said, “I have wrestled with an alligator! I tussled with a whale! I handcuffed lightning, threw thunder in jail! Only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick! I am the greatest!” Ali knew that if you are going to talk this way that you better back it up or else you will be the laughing stock of the world.
Jesus did what He said.
He controlled the weather (Luke 8:24 “stopped a storm”, handcuffed lighting and threw thunder in jail)
Impressive, but that couldn’t it have been a coincidence? Sure. Yet everyone around Jesus agreed that He did amazing things. He feed 5000 people with a boys school lunch box, He walked on water, He cured sickness, paralysis, blindness, deafness, and brought the dead to life. When Jesus walked the earth, it was as if He owned the place. Well, He did create it (John 1:1-4).
Couldn’t He have tricked people into thinking He was who He was? What Jesus did were not tricks. There was no David Copperfield or CGI. Jesus enemies could not expose Him as a fraud. Jesus did not use His power for wealth, status, or fame. In fact, Jesus was prophesied about hundreds and thousands of years before He was born (where He was born, how He would die, etc.). He fulfilled every prophecy.
Jesus did what He did to prove that God exists.