The effort to destroy Christianity had begun long before the advent of Jesus Christ. It was rumors that a “king” was to be born that Mary and Joseph were forced to flee to Egypt to give birth because Herod had plotted to eliminate the possibility of a king being born by issuing the edict that would bring about the summary execution of every infant under the age of two years old. From within the midst of Jesus 12 closest friends came the betrayer, Judas, in an effort to derail the mission of Christ! Jesus was sent to the cross by His very own “religious” brothers to put to an end His mission and claims. After His crucifixion and resurrection, the efforts were to destroy His credibility and discredit the eyewitness accounts that undeniably validated His credentials as the Messiah, credentials including His virgin birth, His death and subsequent resurrection, and His identity as fully man and fully God.
- John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
- John 1:14, “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 5:18, “For this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.”
- John 8:24, “I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.”
- Note: In the Greek, “He” is not there.
- John 8:58, “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.'”
- Exodus 3:14, “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
- John 10:30-33, “I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”
- John 20:28, “Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
- Col. 2:9, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.”
- Phil. 2:5-8, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
- Heb. 1:8, “But of the Son He says, “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.”
- Quoted from Psalm 45:6, “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Thy kingdom.”
Jesus is worshipped, Jesus said to worship God only, yet He receives worship.
- Matt. 4:10, “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Begone, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”’”
- Matt. 2:2, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.”
- Matt. 2:11, “And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
- Matt. 14:33, “And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”
- Matt. 28:9, “And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.”
- John 9:35-38, “Jesus heard that they had put him out; and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered and said, “And who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.” 38 And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him.”
- Heb. 1:6, “And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, ‘And let all the angels of God worship Him.'”
Jesus is prayed to
- Acts 7:55-60, “But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears, and they rushed upon him with one impulse. 58 And when they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him, and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they went on stoning Stephen as he called upon the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60 And falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” And having said this, he fell asleep.”
- 1 Cor. 1:1-2, “Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.” (The phrase, “to call upon the name of the Lord” is a phrase used to designate prayer).
- 1 Kings 18:24, “Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” And all the people answered and said, “That is a good idea.”
- Zech. 13:9, “And I will bring the third part through the fire, refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
- Rom. 10:13-14, “for ‘whoever will call upon the name of the Lord’ will be saved.” 14 How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard?” (Paul is speaking of calling upon Jesus. (The phrase “Call upon the name of the Lord” is a quote from Joel 2:32).
- Joel 2:32, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.” (LORD here is YHWH, the name of God as revealed in Exodus 3:14. Therefore, this quote, dealing with God Himself is attributed to Jesus).
First and Last
- Isaiah 44:6, “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me.”
- Rev. 1:17-18, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.”
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