When we ponder the divine claims of Christ the one we often pay no mind to is the usage of the name “Abba, Father” for God by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Could this name give us a profound insight into Jesus’ mission and identity?
In our look into the divine claims of Jesus, we have argued for the authenticity of the claims by noting the allusions to the OT, the date of the claims, and the character of Jesus Himself in the trilemma. But everything we have argued thus far amounts to nothing if the major claims to divinity were completely misunderstood from the beginning. When Jesus calls Himself the Son of Man, what, exactly, does He mean?
In the Gospel of Mark, we read about an event wherein Jesus commands a leper to keep the identity of his healer a secret, so to speak. If Jesus was sure of His identity as the Son of God, what’s with the secrecy here?
In our survey of the divine claims of Jesus recorded throughout the Synoptics and the Gospel of John, we note a rather strange exclusion: nowhere in the Gospel accounts do we see Jesus saying “I Am God.” Is this proof that Jesus did not believe He was God or were His followers simply mistaken?
In the final instalment of our look into the famous trilemma defence, we address the theory that Jesus was a lunatic not unlike others who identify themselves the same way today.
If Jesus wasn’t a liar could He have been honestly mistaken about His divine identity instead?
Before we can begin to examine the divine claims of Christ themselves we need to first ask ourselves who Jesus really was? Was He a liar, a lunatic, or Lord? In this article, we’ll look at the first of those possibilities. Did Jesus lie about His divinity?
In the garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus was being arrested by the Temple guards of the Sanhedrin, why did the disciples flee? Is this evidence that they didn’t believe that Jesus was divine?
Did Jesus Christ really claim to be divine, or were these claims added by the church long after the fact?
The heart of Christian theology centres around the person of Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says that if we would confess and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, died on the cross for our atonement, and rose from the grave, we would be saved. However, before we can begin to defend the truth of the Christian faith we need to first ask if Jesus really was who He and His followers said He was.