It is common for non-believers to say “If God is real, why doesn’t he show himself?” The response to that question is, “He has.” Jesus of Nazareth was God on display to the world, and the Four Gospels are the historical and narrative account of that display.
Wayne Grudem in his book Systematic Theology (which is the basis of this blog series) in the chapter entitled “The Person of Christ” states, “Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man in one person, and it will be so forever.” Though a common and traditional understanding of Jesus, it is a concept that it extremely difficult to wrap our heads around.
To begin, let us think about Christ’s humanity. What proof of this do we have? First, he was born. Granted his birth was miraculous in that he was born of a virgin, but nonetheless he was born. He is a seed of Eve (Genesis 3:15). Second, he had a body. The text above says he “became flesh.” This body needed water (John 19:28), food (Matthew 4:2) and rest (John 4:6, Mark 4:38). Third, Jesus died (Matthew 28:50).
Because of these things, many people who knew Jesus personally saw him as only a man. Why? Because of the evidence. This included his own brothers. “For not even his brothers believed in him.” - John 7:5. (Yes, Jesus had “brothers.” The Greek is “adelphos” from the root word “delphys” which means the womb. This is another example of the false teaching of the Catholic Church.) Today, many people are in the same boat as his own brothers. No one legitimately disputes that Jesus of Nazareth existed as a man. The question is the other side of the coin, is he also a god?
In John 14, the disciple Philip asks Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus responded “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.” The deity of Christ was displayed by his words and his work. Jesus spoke with authority, out witted every debater, drew thousands upon thousands to himself, healed the sick, cast out demons, fed thousands with a few loaves, walked on water, calmed storms, and raised the dead.
I have known a lot of people, and none of them can do what Jesus did. How could a man from the little town of Nazareth do these things? Once again, looking at the evidence there is only one conclusion, he is not just a man, Jesus is God.