We know that Jesus is God as Christians, but when asked by people who don’t know this or disagree with us it is good to give an answer through the Bible. Therefore, we will see how the God of the Old Testament spoke of Himself to see if Jesus said the same things. It was the Lord God of Israel who spoke, “behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another. Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.” (Isaiah 48:10-13) “Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me. Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.” (Isaiah 48:16-18) Our God is the first and the last, and the creator of all things heaven and earth. He asks that we come unto Him and keep His commandments. Then can He lead us through the Holy Spirit. We are made righteous through our obedience to Him and not the world.
It was Jesus who said, “he that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:11-17) Jesus said that He is the first and the last, which we now know that only God could say this about Himself. He also asks that we keep His commandments like in times past. This is to love Him with all our heart and our neighbor as ourselves. He calls everyone who has ears to hear to come unto Him. We are either made righteous through following Him or very filthy by way of the world. As we just read in Isaiah 48 and Revelation 22, Jesus is the God of the Old and New Testaments. He testified this of Himself and we ought to all believe this as His followers. Amen. Jesus is God.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I give You glory and praise. Thank You, Jesus, for coming into the world and for bearing my sins on the cross. You bled and died that I might be forgiven. You are the Christ, who was predicted of for centuries. If people had just read more in-depth of what was spoken of You in times past, then the Jews would have known for a surety that You were the true Messiah. Even God, who was made flesh. But it was necessary for You to be betrayed by Your people that You could finish what came to do. Yes, God, You came and lived a sinless life, but willingly died for the sins of the world. There is cleansing and freedom because of Your blood that shed. Thank You, Lord. I am so grateful to know You now and to be on Your righteous path. Only You could see me for who I could be and give me a new chance at life. I was dead in my sins, but You resurrected my soul. I had no chance of escaping the grips of Satan, but You came and gave me the strength to overcome temptation. Wow! I am so blessed. Lord, keep me from falling. Carry me onward, that I might never leave You again. I am Yours forever. Your commandments are delightful in my sight. I love to obey them, for it honors You, my King. I give You glory and praise, for You deserve it. I am honored just to pray and to talk to You now. Hear my cries and give me wisdom. I need your guidance and direction to find my way throughout this life. You the light that shines in the darkness, so light up my path for all to see. I love You, Lord. I lift You up and glorify Your Name. Amen.