Colossians 1: Jesus Is God

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” -Colossians 1:15-17

Genesis tells us that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. In Colossians 1 (like John 1), we are told this creation happened through Christ. In making this claim, Jesus is not only God’s Son; he is God.

This distinction continues to define orthodox Christianity today. To be a Christian, you must believe Jesus is the divine Son of God who defeat death through his resurrection. Muslims believe in Jesus as a prophet; Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in Jesus as a created being. Eastern religions often view Jesus as an enlightened one.

Each of these notions hits part of who Jesus is, but not the main point–Jesus is God. Why? Only God could create the universe; Jesus created the universe. Only God has power over life and death; Jesus has power over life and death. Further, “in him all things hold together.” We have a God who created all and sustains all. If this is Jesus, this is God. No other explanations satisfies.

Jesus is God.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

1 Corinthians 15: Of First Importance

“3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”

When it comes to the Christian message, much can be said. However, if we ask what is the essential, or most important, message of Christianity, Paul has made clear what is of “first importance.”

1. Christ died for our sins.

2. Christ was buried.

3. Christ was raised on the third day.

4. Christ appeared to many.

The first two facts can be verified to a large degree historically. The death and burial of Jesus were documented to some extent through other ancient writings. There is nothing on the surface that strikes us as supernatural or miraculous in these events. Yet for a person to return to life after three days and to verify it by appearing to many people (including over 500 people at one time) defying human logic. Only something beyond us could accomplish such a feat. Only God.

And that is the point. Jesus is God. That is the matter of first importance. What makes Christianity unique among world religions is this foundational belief that Jesus is Lord.

There are many noble pursuits in life, but only one of first importance–Jesus is God. Let us live mindful of this fact today.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

John 8: Jesus the “I AM”

Some scholars suggest Jesus never claimed to be God in the Gospels. Nothing could be further from the truth.

John 8 provides one of many times Jesus equated himself with Yahweh, the Lord Almighty of Israel. There we read:

54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”

57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”

58 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

First, Jesus called God “his Father,” something Jewish religious leaders did not do. But the striking feature of this account is how Jesus compared himself in relation to Abraham, the founder of all three of the world’s major monotheistic religions–Jesus claimed to exist before Abraham.

In response, his audience asked, in essence, “You’re not even fifty years old. How is this possible?”

This is where we find Jesus reply with the provocative statement in which he calls himself “I am.” This “I AM” was the name of God revealed to Moses in the burning bush in Exodus. Jesus was claiming not only to know God, but to BE God.

This is why the religious leaders sought to kill Jesus. He was blaspheming according to their law. And if fact, this was true, UNLESS Jesus really was God in human form. It would take not only miracles and powerful teaching to convince most people of his true identity. It would take his resurrection, an event we will celebrate this Sunday as Easter.

Jesus was more than a good teacher, healer, or even a prophet. He is the I AM. Jesus is God.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.


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