There is so much speculation in the world to who Jesus was or was not! Some would say He was nothing more than a: Prophet, Teacher or Holy man of God. I am going to challenge what is said by those that might be considered: skeptical, unbelievers, disbelievers, people ill-informed and even uninformed. One thing all should realize prior to making any decisions about what is placed here… there will be no middle ground, you will be found in one camp or the other when this is done- to choose Jesus as being what and who He claimed to be, God incarnate, or to choose not to believe. I pray you will find more reasons to see Him for who He was, is and will be [forever]… The Lord God Almighty Himself.
There are different views of Jesus found in the Bible and the Koran, and I will fixate on these two versions, being they both come from within the Monotheism scope of understanding. Even if all three religious groups contained within this structure do not fully agree with one another, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, I will look mainly at these two groups for the sake of this study. I must say this prior to going forward with the thoughts on my heart, since there are three religions coming from under this umbrella of Monotheism: Judaism, Islam and Christianity… and, oddly, we find that only in Judaism and Islam do they recognize each other as being monotheistic. This sounds like they have different views of a different God. doesn’t it? (Please note… this is all coming from the Abrahamic religions for your clearer view of why and what I will speak of.)
The most confusion I see comes from views of Jesus,or His name… having been changed (either from a difference of language or coming from a view [assumed] desiring to alter the importance of declarations made) to suit the the one viewing Him. For instance, in the Koran… there seems to be many names (not just phrases used for descriptive purposes, as found in Judaism, or from Hebrew, for their God) to suggest they are one person to be understood- most confusing. Let me explain! There are some Koranic scholars saying ‘the name of Jesus, in the Koran, is found: Isa, Esa, Esau or Yesu.’ I find the need to transform the name of Jesus into something other than what it was can convey an unrealistic notion of the very mission Jesus was on and would be an attempt to alter the nature of His name and meaning to it. There also seems to be many more, depending on: who you talk to, where they are from and what they (themselves) have learned or been taught. Compounded by the many names is a widened path to extreme confusion. Here is one string (from a link) of conversation about ‘Isa’ and some Muslim beliefs. As you can plainly see… there are a few different views, some information that seems out of place (either from misunderstanding a word or phrase) and reason for the belief can become muddled. This is a rebuttal to the views put forth by Ahmed Deedat, an attributable source of this viewpoint. The rebuttal is written by Dr. Mark Durie, an Anglican Minister, also a senior associate of the Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.
Two of the words misunderstood (or not fully recognized) are ‘anointed‘ or ‘Messiah.’ Being anointed means (concerning Jesus) God’s anointed: a monarch ruling by divine right, and Messiah means: the promised deliverer of the Jewish nation prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, and for Christians… the Messiah of the Hebrew prophecies and Savior of humankind. Since Jesus means ‘God saves’ this is not fully incorporated into another’s viewpoint or conceptually understood when the name of Jesus is transliterated into another language due to the possibility it could be translated wrongly, in honest error or by design.
There should be no other person or name used when it comes to Jesus, for there was only one person with His name doing the things that He did. In fact, the things Jesus did point to what He was… more than a: man, prophet, teacher or Holy man. Demons knew Him for who He truly was, told us in the Bible.
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God Most High? I beseech thee, torment me not.
Torment for a demon would be to send him straight to captivity. For the scripture above is a Bible Study from ‘The Singles Network Ministries, by Kris Swiatocho- found here.
Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left (Luke 8:36-37).
He made the blind to see, the lame to walk, and brought Lazarus back from being dead for four days.
18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
The generations from Adam through Abraham… from David through to Jesus, this is the Adamic lineage.
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
[The abstract below is taken from this link page, below the scriptures (to the right) is a button marked ‘compare,’ and look to right before the very bottom to Critical Commentary]
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them–to the Pharisees and scribes; addressing Himself to them, though they had shrunk from addressing Him. They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick–that is, “Ye deem yourselves whole; My mission, therefore, is not to you: The physician’s business is with the sick; therefore eat I with publicans and sinners.” Oh, what myriads of broken hearts, of sin-sick souls, have been bound up by this matchless saying!
[The abstracts below (1, 2 and 3) are found here.]
1)… This psalm (Psalm 2:1-9) records the general opposition of man to the rule of God, especially by the leaders of men. The divine response to this rejection includes wrath and a promise that Jesus will ‘break them’ and ‘dash them.’ These are not terms describing gradual Christian conversion and enlightenment which will one day encircle the globe as men continually turn to God. Rather, this psalm describes the radical intervention by God into human history to overthrow the rejection of His King. God’s climactic intervention in the affairs of a rejecting world to establish His kingdom on earth is the theme of numerous other passages.
2)… In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the imagery here is violent, sudden and dramatic—the exact opposite of the gradual worldwide conversion which postmillennialists expect to be the fruit of the gospel spreading across the earth.
This also applies to any other viewpoint or belief held by humanity or mankind… the Day of Wrath will come not from man but God Himself. Likewise, the Kingdom of God will not come by man’s hand but by God Himself.
3)… This time of trouble is unavoidably connected with “the problem of man.” This problem is as old as Satan: pride. It is God’s express purpose to turn man’s pride to humility in “the Day of the Lord.” For the day of the LORD of hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up-And it shall be brought low- upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan; upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up; upon every high tower, and upon every fortified wall; upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all the beautiful sloops. The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. (Isa. Isa. 2:10-17) [emphasis added]
[PLEASE NOTE: the last scripture and reference is called (shortened version) Isa… but this stands for Isaiah.]
Jesus came that all might have eternal life, a life more abundant than this one, and He will remake the world and the heavens themselves. To marvel at the handiwork of His hands… and we would think it a marvel now- and it still is. See more on what Jesus, The Creator God, has planned for us all to see… if we but believe in Him.
17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Colossians 1:15-23 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation– 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
One more view on what we can do to have a closer walk with God, see the link here.
It is my prayer you will reason with these words shared here… beneficial to all that might listen, see and share ‘the Good News’ of the Gospel of Jesus. We will have an eternal life… the life to come, and Jesus shed His blood, died for us all, to save us from hell itself. Will you consider the value and importance these words hold, I hope you will? (D.V.)
Your Brother in Christ Jesus,