The Old Testament sets a stage for Jesus’ coming into the world.
The four Gospels are the eyewitness accounts of His life, death, and resurrection.
The New Testament is a record of the witness and life of His Apostles and church.
1 st step in establishing His Divinity: What does the Bible say about Him?
Historical figure (Josephus Flavius) Jewish man who lived in Israel 2000 yrs ago. Claimed He was the Jewish Messiah. Executed by Roman government for insurrection. Followers established the Christian church. Who Is Jesus?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” - Matthew 16:16
But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. - Acts 3:14-15
Savior Divine Resurrected Who is Jesus? - Peter the Apostle
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. - John 20:24
So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” - John 20:25
After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” - John 20:26
Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” - John 20:27
Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” - John 20:28
Resurrected Worshipped Divine Authority Who is Jesus? – Thomas the Apostle
People are free to accept or reject these claims about Jesus but they can’t deny that this is what the Bible teaches about Him.
“Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you.” And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he said, - Acts 22:1-12
“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated under Gamaliel, strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God just as you all are today. - Acts 22:3
I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons, - Acts 22:4
as also the high priest and all the Council of the elders can testify. From them I also received letters to the brethren, and started off for Damascus in order to bring even those who were there to Jerusalem as prisoners to be punished. - Acts 22:5
“But it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me, and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? - Acts 22:6-7
And I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me. - Acts 22:8-9
And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go on into Damascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.’ - Acts 22:10
But since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me and came into Damascus. - Acts 22:11
“A certain Ananias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, and well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me, and standing near said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very time I looked up at him. - Acts 22:12-13
And he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth. - Acts 22:14
For you will be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard. Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name. - Acts 22:15-16
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him 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 through Him and for Him. - Colossians 1:15-16
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. - Colossians 1:17-18
Image of God Existence Supreme Agent of Creation Eternal Head of the church Leads the resurrection Who is Jesus? – Paul the Apostle:
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” - John 4:25-26
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, - Matthew 28:18-19
teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. - Matthew 28:20
The Jewish Messiah The Son of God Divine Resurrected Who is Jesus? Eternal Creator Head of Church Supreme Authority
Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. - John 20:30-31
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written. - John 21:15