Last week we were able to see from God’s Word that Jesus was fully man. For the first 30 years of His life, Jesus lived a human life that was so ordinary the people of Nazareth who knew him best were amazed He could teach with authority and work miracles. They knew him. He was one of them. He was “the carpenter’s son” (Matthew 13:55), and He was himself “the carpenter” (Mark 6:3). He was so ordinary they would ask, “where then did this man get all this?” And John tells us: “Even His brothers did not believe in Him” (John 7:5). He was so fully human that those who lived and worked with him for 30 years, even His brothers that grew up with Him in the same home, didn’t have any idea that He was God come in human flesh.
Today I want to show you from God’s Word that Jesus made it possible for you to not only know Him, know who He is and His work, but He provided you the tools to know Him and believe in Him! In order for us to know who Jesus Christ is, we must not only believe that He was fully human, but also that He was fully Divine. So, let’s start with Jesus’ claims to deity. It is crucially important to insist on the full deity of Christ. Not only because it’s clearly taught in the Scripture, but also because only someone who is infinite God could bear the full penalty of all the sins of those who would believe in Him — any finite creature would have been incapable of bearing that penalty. Therefore, if Jesus is not fully God, our salvation and ultimately our Christianity is lost. So, let’s open our hearts to hear what God has to say.