Was Jesus who he said
he was, or was he a liar?
Was Jesus Christ who he claimed to be, or was he a liar? When one stops
to think about it, this may be one of the most important questions ever
asked mankind. If Jesus Christ was NOT who he claimed to be, then he was
not only a liar, but he would have pulled one of the most colossal
frauds over on mankind that has ever been pulled. Believe me there have
been some colossal frauds pulled on mankind.
Jesus once asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I the Son of man
am?” The answer he got was typical of an answer he would get today. The
disciples said, “Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias;
and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." Most people today think
that Jesus was JUST another prophet or a good teacher. Jesus then got
more personal and asked, “But whom say ye that I am?” It makes little
difference what others think about Christ or who he is. The most
important thing is what YOU (and I) personally think about Him. Then
Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the
living God." Notice there are three THE’s in Peters answer “The Christ,
The Son of The Living God." Each of God’s children is “A son of God,"
but The Christ was/is The Son of God. Jesus then answered and said unto
Peter, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not
revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matt
16:13-17). This last statement teaches me that only those to whom
reveals this truth can know WHO Jesus the Christ really IS. By this
statement Jesus was saying THIS IS who I am – and God the Father has
revealed it to you.
In the Old Testament, 800 years before Jesus was born, the prophet
Isaiah foretold of his birth, and said, “Behold a virgin shall conceive,
and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:13-14).
This same prophet said of this Son that was to be born of a virgin, “His
name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6-7). Now if Jesus was
called these Names and He wasn’t “The Mighty God and The Everlasting
Father," that would have been blasphemy on the part of Isaiah. When
Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, and they called his name
“JESUS” (i.e. JEHOVAH is SAVIOUR), Matthew said, “Now all this was done,
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet,
saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a
son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is,
God with us” (Matt 1:18-25). If the Virgin Birth of Christ was a hoax
and not the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, then Matthew was a liar,
and we would have no reason to believe anything he wrote. So if Isaiah
was a liar, and Matthew was a liar, and these things are not true, we
can tear from our Bibles the books of Isaiah and Matthew.
The apostle John tells us “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with
God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made
that was made.” John then tells us “And the Word 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 1:1-3, 14). John
claimed that Jesus Christ was the Word of God, the Creator of all
things, and was made flesh and dwelt among mankind. If this was not
true, John was a liar, and we can tear from our Bibles all the writings
of John, which includes the Gospel, his epistles and The Revelation.
Paul came along about six years after the Resurrection of Christ, and
wrote, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God
was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,
preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into
glory” (I Tim. 3:16). His reference to God being manifest in the flesh
could refer to none other than Jesus Christ. He confirms this in
Philippians 2:5-8, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form
of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in
fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross.” Paul said that Christ was once in the form
of God, and equal with God, but was made in the likeness of men. If this
is not true Paul was a liar and we can tear from our Bibles all the
eleven epistles that this apostle wrote.
Excerpts from the writings of Mark, Luke, Peter, James and Jude, who are
the only writers of New Testament books and epistles not discussed,
could be used to illustrate the same principle. Obviously if what they
said about Jesus Christ is not true then we would have no Christian
Bible left to refer to. But let’s consider what Jesus said about
Himself. It is one thing to consider what others say about Christ, and
call them a liar, another thing to consider what Jesus says about
himself, and then call him a liar. For if he is a liar, then we have NO
Saviour and NO hope of eternal life.
Jesus claimed to have come down from heaven. In John 6:38 he said, “For
I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him
that sent me.” But then, like today, many did not believe him. For the
Jews said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and
mother we know? How is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?"
Jesus claimed to have come forth from the Father. In John 16:28 he said,
“I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I
leave the world, and go to the Father” and again when praying to His
Father he said, “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest
me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out
from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me” (John 17:8).
He had prayed earlier, “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that
thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all
flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given
him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the
earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O
Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had
with thee before the world was” (John 17:1-5). Was Jesus speaking the
Truth when he said these things – or was he a liar? Dear friend in whom
God has revealed the Truth – we know that He spoke the Truth..
Jesus was talking with some Jews and said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced
to see my day: and he saw, and was glad." The Jews replied, “Thou art
not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?” Jesus said to
them, “Verily, verily (truly, truly) I say unto you, Before Abraham was,
I AM." An English teacher would probably say Jesus used bad grammar. But
the truth of the matter is, I AM is the name of JEHOVAH, and this was
another way in which Jesus was telling the Jews WHO he was. In Exodus
3:14 we read, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said,
Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto
you." I AM is another name of JEHOVAH, God Almighty (Exodus 6:2-3).
Throughout our Lord’s ministry on earth he repeatedly used the term I AM
to express his attributes. He said, “I am that bread of life. Your
fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread
which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of
this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my
flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” (John 6:48-51). He
said, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). He said, “I am the door
of the sheep” and “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be
saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:7, 9). He
said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the
sheep” and “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of
mine” (John 10:11, 14). He said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is
the husbandman” and “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth
in me, and I in him, the same bringeth much fruit: for without me ye can
do nothing” (John 15:1, 5).
He said, “I am the way the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Philip then said, “Lord, shew us the
Father, and it sufficeth us.” Jesus saith unto him, “Have I been so long
time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen
me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the
words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that
dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father,
and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake” (John
14:8-11). Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). Was he
telling the Truth or was he a liar? Dear reader, in whom God has
revealed the truth, we know that he was not a liar – and that no lie is
of the Truth.