“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending” (Revelation 1:8)
In the Revelation, Jesus speaks for the final time. Four times (Revelation 1:8,11; 21:6; 22:13), he refers to himself as “Alpha and Omega.” Why? What does this phrase mean, and why does he use it? Continue reading “Why did Jesus refer to himself as “Alpha and Omega?””
Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?” (John 8:46)
Jesus was unconventional in so many ways, but never more than in his claim to be sinless. It is audacious. It is something the gospel writers would not have chosen if they were merely inventing Jesus. It was an unnecessary risk. Continue reading “Who will cast a stone at Jesus?”
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).
Roy Lanier, Sr. wrote, “There are many passages in the New Testament where all three Persons of the Godhead are mentioned in such a way that we are compelled to distinguish one from the other in order for the statements to make sense” (The Timeless Trinity, p. 50). This is certainly true. One such instance is Jesus’ baptism, where all three (Father, Son, Spirit) are present, yet obviously separate in time and space (Matthew 3:16-17). Continue reading “Jesus and godhood”
How can the deity of Jesus be proven? All four gospel writers have an answer to this question, but let us ask just one of them — Matthew — to answer. Continue reading “Jesus’ divinity proven”
“Now because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began persecuting him. So he told them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I too am working.’ For this reason the Jewish leaders were trying even harder to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was also calling God his own Father, thus making himself equal with God” (John 5:16-18 NET).
Jesus was in Jerusalem because of a “feast of the Jews” (John 5:1). Although which feast is not specified in the text, most scholars take this to be Passover. If this is true, one year had now passed since the first Passover recorded in John 2, when Jesus cleared the temple. He would have two more Passovers, two more years, before his crucifixion. While in Jerusalem, Jesus did two things which angered the Jewish leaders. Continue reading “Jesus, the Son of God”
Jesus is perfectly obedient to the Father. Continue reading God in the flesh (2)