Did Jesus Claim to be God?
Did Jesus really claim to be God, or is that a misunderstanding of his words?
In a debate about Jesus’ deity, the late Muslim scholar Ahmed Deedat asked, “Where does Jesus say – ‘I am God,’ or ‘I am equal to God,’ or ‘Worship me?’”
Deedat’s question deserves an answer. Since Jesus spoke Aramaic and Hebrew rather than English, how did his Jewish audience understand his claims in their native languages? Did they believe he was claiming to be God?
Jesus made shocking claims for himself that astounded his audience. However, before we listen to his claims, let’s read what his followers said about him.
Although Jesus’ disciples wrote about him as a man who had a physical birth, grew weary, hungered and felt pain, they also wrote of him as God’s only Son who put the stars in space.
“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it. The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command.”
God the Father then calls his Son “God,” the Lord who created heaven and earth.
“But as to the Son, He [the Father] says to Him, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever….And [further], You, Lord, did lay the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the works of Your hands.”
This raises the question: how could God become a human being?