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Pre-existence

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1: 1

Creator

"For by Him (Christ) all things were created. Both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things have been created by Him and for Him." Colossians 1: 16

The Elect One

"Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations." Isaiah 42: 1

Angel of Jehovah

Many. myself included, believe that the numerous references to the Angel of Jehovah (Angel of the Lord) in the Old Testament are references to Jesus. Genesis 16:7; 21: 17; 22: 15; Exodus 3: 2; 14: 9;Numbers 22:24; Judges 6: 12; 13:3; 2 Samuel 24: 16; 2 Kings 1: 3; and others.

The Messiah, the anointed one

"He found first his own brother Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which translated means Christ)" John 1: 41

Emptied Himself

"Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2: 6-7

Incarnation

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1: 14

Virgin Birth

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel." Isaiah 7: 14 "Immanuel" means God with us.

Baptism

"Now it came about when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also was baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, ‘Thou art my beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased.’"

Luke 3: 21-22

Tempted in all points

"For we do not have a high priest who can not sympathize with our weakness, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4: 15

Nature

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heaven-laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my load is light." Matthew 11: 28-30

"I am" verses, Jesus’ unique claims.

light of life." John 8: 12

everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die." John 11: 25-26

John 14: 6

same expression used to identify Jehovah God to Moses in Exodus 3: 13-15. It is God’s

memorial-name to all generations.

Without Sin

"But with the precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ."

1 Peter 1: 19

Transfiguration

"And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light." Matthew 17: 1

 

 

Crucified

"There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, on either side, with Jesus in between." John 18: 19

Sacrificed once

"By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all.

Hebrews 10: 10 Jesus is not repeatedly sacrificed each time a mass is celebrated as some teach.

Obedience

"Although He was a Son, He learned obedience by the things which He suffered." Hebrews 5: 8

Propitiation for sin

"And He is the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins; and not for our only, but also for those of the whole world." 1 John 2: 2

Gospel (good news) 1 Corinthians 15: 3,4

"For I delivered to you of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."

Death

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die." John 12: 32,33; Luke 23: 46

Burial

"And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away." Matthew 27: 59-60; 12: 40

Resurrection

"He looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay, this Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses." Acts 2: 31-32; Luke 24: 6,7

Declared to be the Son of God

"Who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 1: 4

Authority

"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth." Matthew 28: 18

Ascension

"And after Her had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight." Acts 1: 9

King

"Then comes the end, when He delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet." 1 Corinthians 15: 24, 25

Judge

"I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and Jesus Christ, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearance and His kingdom." 1 Timothy 1: 1

Is Jesus, as taught by the Jehovah Witnesses, a created being with a beginning, a god?

Colossians 1: 15 and Revelations 3: 14 are cited in support of this idea.

The enigma of Christ

He is both:

Lamb and Lion John 1: 29; Revelations 5: 5

Servant and King 1Corinthians 15: 24,25; Isaiah 42: 1

Advocate and Judge 1 John 2: 1; Acts 10: 42

Son of Man and Son of God Mark 2: 10; 1: 1

Root and Offspring of David Revelations 5: 5; 22: 16

Sacrifice and High Priest Hebrews 9: 26; 3: 1

Jesus in Prophecy

Seed of woman Genesis 3: 15 Galatians 4:4

Descendent of Abraham Genesis 12: 3 Matthew 1: 1

From the tribe of Judah Genesis 49: 10 Luke 3: 33

Heir to David’s throne Isaiah 9: 7 Luke 1: 32

Anointed and eternal Psalms 45: 6,7; 102: 25-27 Hebrews 1: 8-12

Born in Bethlehem Micah 5: 2 Luke 2: 4,5,7

Born of a Virgin Isaiah 7: 14 Luke 1: 26, 27, 30, 31

Slaughter of children Jeremiah 31: 15 Matthew 2: 16-18

Flight to Egypt Hosea 11: 1 Matthew 2: 14,15

The way prepared Isaiah 40: 3-5 Luke 3: 3-6

Preceded by Elijah Malachi 4: 5,6 Matthew 11: 13, 14

Galilean ministry Isaiah 9: 1, 2 Matthew 4: 13-16

Speaks in parables Psalms 78: 2- Matthew 13: 34, 35

A prophet Deuteronomy 18: 15 Acts 3: 20, 22

Rejected by His own Isaiah 53: 3 John 1: 11

Priest after Melchizedek Psalms 110: 4 Hebrews 5: 5, 6

Triumphal entry Zechariah 9: 9 Mark 11: 7, 9, 11

Disbelieved Isaiah 53: 1 John 12: 37, 38

Betrayed by a friend Psalms 41: 9 Luke 22: 47

Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver Zechariah 11: 12 Matthew 26: 15

Accused by false witnesses Psalms 35: 11 Mark 14: 57, 58

Silent to accusations Isaiah 53: 7 Mark 15: 4, 5

Spat on and struck Isaiah 50: 6 Matthew 26: 67

Hated without cause Psalms 35: 19 John 15: 24, 25

Vicarious sacrifice Isaiah 53: 5 Romans 5: 6, 8

Crucified with malefactors Isaiah 53: 12 Mark 15: 27, 28

Pierced through hands and feet Zechariah 12: 1 John 20: 27

Mocked Psalms 22: 7, 8 Luke 23: 35

Reproached Psalms 69: 9 Romans 15: 3

Clothing divided Psalms 22: 17, 18 Matthew 27: 35, 36

Forsaken by God Psalms 22: 1 Matthew 27: 46

No bones broken Psalms 34: 20 John 19: 32. 33, 36

Side pierced Zechariah 12: 10 John 19: 34

Buried with the rich Isaiah 53: 9 Matthew 27: 57-60

Resurrected Psalms 16: 10; 49: 15 Mark 16: 6

Ascension Psalms 68: 18 Mark 16: 19; Ephesians 4: 8

 

Was Jesus a historical character?

Yes Jesus lived in a known country at a particular time in history. The main documents that tell us of Him, the New Testament, are historical documents and deserve to be treated as such. They are better attested to than most ancient documents; in fact the evidence for these documents is remarkable. In addition Jesus is mentioned by Tacitus, a Roman historian, and Josephus, a Jewish Historian.

Who was Jesus of Nazareth?

I like the comment of C. S. Lewis who said that He is either a liar, a lunatic or the Son of God. If you do not accept Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God then you must conclude He is either a liar or lunatic. There are no other options. He does not allow us to be neutral. Of course the problem with considering Him to be a liar is that He brought the greatest ethical teaching known to man. On the other hand if He was crazy, His contemporaries and enemies would have been more than happy to point it out. He didn’t so impress people. I believe He was, as He said, the Son of God.

 

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Last Update   09/26/12