How Do I know Jesus Was Really God?
He fulfilled Old Testament prophecies
Hundreds of years before He was born, different writers prophesied about the Messiah’s coming, His mission, and His life. Isaiah proclaimed that He would be called “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6). Jesus’ life fulfilled these Messianic prophecies one by one:
- He would be born of a virgin (Isa 7:14, c.700 BC) in Bethlehem (Mic 5:2) of the seed of Abraham (Gen 12:1-3) and the house of David (2 Sam 7:12ff).
- He would be preceded by a messenger (Mal 3:1, 4:5).
- He would be betrayed by a close friend (Ps 41:9) for thirty pieces of silver (Zech 11:12).
- He would be silent before his accusers (Isa 53:7).
- He would be mocked and crucified (Zech 12:10; Ps 22:7).
- He would resurrect (Ps 16:10) and ascend to heaven (Ps 68:18).
He performed divine wonders
The many signs and wonders Jesus performed were proof to an otherwise unbelieving people (Jn 4:48) that Jesus came from God and was the prophesied Messiah (Isa 35:5-6). Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews who came to believe, said to Jesus: “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” (Jn 3:2).
“Destroy this temple,” Jesus said, referring to His body, “And in three days I will raise it up” (Jn 2:19). Jesus resurrected on the third day after He was crucified and buried. He appeared to His disciples several times, showing them His wounds and eating with them to show that He had indeed resurrected. It was the first time in history that such an event had occurred. No other religion can make the same claim.
He gives us the Holy Spirit
Jesus promised His disciples that when He went away, He would send the Helper to guide them (Jn 16:7). The outpouring of the Holy Spirit proves that Jesus returned to the Father and sent down the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33). Today, we also can receive the Holy Spirit because Jesus fulfills His promise to us. You can see the evidence in believers who, when they receive the Holy Spirit, speak in tongues as the apostles did (Acts 2:4). Some even are healed of their illnesses.
His followers bear witness
Given the Jews’ strict monotheism, it isn’t likely that any would so easily believe the “myth” that the man, Jesus, was also Lord. Yet even the Jewish rulers—including someone as well educated as Nicodemus—came to believe in Jesus (Jn 12:42).
When Jesus was arrested, His followers scattered and went into hiding. Peter denied Jesus three times to avoid any trouble with the authorities. Yet within a few months after His death and burial, Peter and the other disciples fearlessly preached Jesus and His resurrection. They did so before the same people that had sentenced Jesus to death. Even the authorities marveled at their boldness (Acts 4:13).
The apostles persisted in preaching the gospel despite being threatened, beaten, imprisoned, and stoned. This dramatic change in them, and their persistence despite extraordinary pressure to stop, testify to the truth of their claims. They said to the council of rulers that threatened them, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).
He answers prayers
The work of Jesus continues today. Jesus answers the prayers of those who earnestly seek Him. In His name, addictions are conquered, diseases are cured and lives are transformed. These testify to the power, authority, and eternal words of a living Lord.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit