Explore God - Week 5 - Is Jesus Really God?
Series: Explore God
WK 5: Is Jesus Really God?
Is Jesus really God?
Jesus among other gods
1. Jehovah Witnesses
• Jesus is not God.
• Jesus is an archangel.
• Jesus is not the creator of the universe. Jesus is a created being.
• Jesus is an angel who became a man.
· Jesus is not God.
· Jesus is a man who became God and shows other men how to become God. (First Lie of Genesis 3)
· Satan and Jesus are brothers.
• Jesus is not God, but he is a good man.
4. Bahai Faith
• Jesus is not God.
• Jesus is a manifestation of God.
• Jesus is inferior to Muhammad and the Buda • Jesus is 3rd on the Divine food chain
• Jesus is not God.
• Jesus is an enlightened man and a good teacher.
6. Christian Scientists
• “Jesus Christ is not God.” Mary Baker Eddie
• Jesus is not God.
• Jesus is a prophet of God.
• Jesus is inferior to God’s supreme prophet Muhammad.
"I am a Christian and a Hindu and a Muslim and a Jew....Looking at all religions with an equal eye, we would not only not hesitate but would think it our duty to blend into our faith every acceptable feature of other faiths.
“I am God.” _ Jesus
“Jesus is not God.” _ Every Religion
What does Jesus say about Himself?
1. I am from Heaven.
38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” _ Jesus | John 6:38-41
2. I am not a good man. I am God.
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. _ Mark 10:17-18
Good People and Bad People
· Charles Manson
· Your Grandmother
· Mother Teressa
· Dr. Martin Luther King
Jesus | Everybody else
| Charles Manson
| Your Grandmother
| Mother Teressa
3. I am the Son of Man.
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. _ Daniel 7:13-14
But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again, the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
“I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. _ Mark 14:61-64
4. If you don’t believe my words, watch my actions.
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. _ Jesus | John 5:21
5. I am God.
I and the Father are one.” _ Jesus
Again, his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” _ John 10:30-33
In the beginning was the Word, and the WORD WAS WITH GOD, and the Word was God. _ John 1:1
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. _ Colossians 2:9
6. I am sinless, and I can forgive your sin.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?” _ Mark 2:5-8
“I can forgive your sin. I would like to spend eternity with you. Would you like that too?” _ Jesus
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it gocollapsed, and its destruction was complete.” _ Luke 6:46-49
The Divinity of Jesus is an invitation to experience the Lordship of Jesus.
Life Group Discussion Guides | Week 5 Is Jesus Really God - Explore God
Week 5 - Is Jesus really God?
What was the moment, in your life, where Jesus became real to you?
What’s the biggest assumption people make about Jesus?
Optional Video 1 - Pulse of the World on Jesus? (Sunday Promo Video)
Does it seem consistent with your experience that 67% of US adults . . . have a personal relationship with Jesus? Why or why not?
Please Watch Video 2 - The Curiosity Collective
Was Jesus a historical figure, in your opinion? Why or why not?
What did Leonce mean when he said, “Religion says ‘I do, therefore I’m loved.’ Jesus says, “You’re loved therefore you do”?
Christians believe that sin separates humanity from God. Yet Jesus, through his death, bridges that gap. Why do you think Jesus had to die in order to accomplish this?
What do you think about Jesus’ claim to be God?
Explore Gods’ Word
Read John 10:22-39
What do you think Jesus means when he says, “I and the Father are one?”
Why would Jesus’ understanding about Himself get him crucified?
Why do you think the religious leaders miss that the Old Testament was trying to tell them that Jesus is God?
In what ways have you misunderstood who Jesus is?
What might the ‘Jesus is God’ truth claim do to someone’s personal life, relationships, career, friendships, etc.?
Life Group Leader - What other Scriptures or stories would you like to share with your group?
Optional articles to read/share with group
The Historical Jesus. https://www.exploregod.com/the-historical-jesus
Can you like Jesus but hate religion video? https://www.exploregod.com/can-you-like-jesus-but-hate-religion-video
Digging Deeper: optional books to read
Ravi Zacharias - Jesus Among Other Gods
NT Wright - Simply Jesus
Wrap Up In Prayer
Let you’re group know you’ll send them the following resources to explore this topic further.