God In The Flesh - The One Year At His Feet Devotional

God in the Flesh

Read: John 10:22-33

“I and the Father are one.”

John 10:30

“No founder of any religion has dared to claim for himself one fraction of the assertions made by Jesus Christ.”

—Henry Heydt

IN WORD “Jesus never claimed to be God.” So goes a common mantra among those who reject Christian claims. But it is an argument from ignorance of the Scriptures. Jesus often claimed to be God. True, He never said “I am God,” but He might as well have. This verse is the clearest statement, though cults will water it down and deny that He was claiming deity. “He was only claiming to be one in person, not in essence,” they commonly argue. But Jesus’ listeners certainly understood what He meant as they picked up stones to throw at Him. “You, a mere man, claim to be God,” they charged (v. 33). Jesus often made extravagant claims, and His enemies always knew the implications.

Every time Jesus forgave sins, every time people worshiped Him without rebuke, every time He said “I am,” He was claiming to be God. It is unmistakable, if one knows the context of the Gospels. No one familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures would dare to forgive sin unless He was claiming deity. But Jesus did (Matthew 9:2-3; Mark 2:7; Luke 5:21). No one allows people to fall down and worship him, or to cry out, “My Lord and My God,” unless he is making divine claims. But Jesus frequently did (Matthew 14:33; 28:9, 17; Luke 24:52; John 9:38; 20:28). No one would dare use the holy name of God for himself as a casual mistake. But Jesus spelled it out (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58). The attempts to stone Him for blasphemy were frequent. His opponents clearly knew what He was saying.

IN DEED The next time someone tells you Jesus never claimed to be God, ignore him. Better yet, correct him. And the next time you read His words casually, as though they were simply advice from a good teacher, remind yourself of this truth. Jesus is not just a good teacher; He is the eternal God, once clothed in human flesh and now inviting Himself into your day. With reverence, let Him in.

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