God Revealed - in Touchable Form
Matthew 1:23: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which translated means, "God with us."
Do you know what a greeting has in common with a goodbye? Simply: Goodbye is short for "God be with you." That is who is revealed in the first chapter of Matthew---Immanuel, whose name means "God be with us." Jesus Christ is the God man (The humanity of God,) so His creation could see, touch and have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus as the long awaited Messiah makes this possible.
Centuries earlier, God had promised through the prophets to come and dwell among men. Jesus fulfilled that promise. (John 1:14 - "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we say His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.")
God, the creator of heaven and earth, the sustainer of all life, created the very air that we breathe - wanted to reveal himself to His creation, mankind. He formed us in our mother's womb. Does God know his creation? Do you know Him?
He knows each one of us personally, yet we did not know Him in touchable form.
In this world we live in there are many gods. Many worship gods never seen or idols that can't help navigate the pit-falls of everyday life. They are unable to have a personal relationship with us.
The God of Abraham, Isaiah and Jacob, God of the Old Testament, reveals himself in the New Testament as Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Definition of Christ: The anointed - the meaning in Greek is equivalent to Messiah. He is Jesus the Messiah. Jesus is his human name; Christ is his official title; and Immanuel is who he is - God with us. Jesus Christ is God!
The Deity of Jesus Christ
The deity of Jesus Christ, or His God nature, is established in the Word of God in the New Testament. Some of them are:
1. He is called God by the apostle John (John 1:1 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God").
2. The apostle Thomas called Him God (John 20:28 - "Thomas answered and said to Him, 'My Lord and my God'").
3. He is called God by the Father (Hebrews 1:8 - "But of the Son He says, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His Kingdom").
4. Jesus claimed to be God, He was with the Father before creation (John 17:5 - "Now Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was").
5. They worshiped Him. Only God is to be worshiped.
6. He forgave sin Mark 2:5-11. Only God can forgive sin. And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, "Son your sins are forgiven").
7. Jesus received worship, only God is to be worshiped. (Matthew 14:33 - "And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "You are certainly God's Son!"").
8. He is sustainer of all things (Hebrews 1:3). Only God controls the universe.
9. He claimed all authority "in heaven and on earth" (Matthew 28:18). Only God has all power.
10. He created all things (Colossians 1:16).
11. Jesus walked on water; winds and waves obeyed his command, healed the sick and raised the dead. He turned water into wine, fed the 5,000 with a young boy's lunch. The Pharisees, wanted Jesus killed, even said the things Jesus was doing only God can do.
During Jesus earthly ministry He claimed to be God incarnate (in human flesh). He is all that He claimed to be.
Before that can be denied some things must be accounted for. His virgin birth, His holy sinless life, many miracles, His death and bodily resurrection from the dead. The New Testament fulfills all the promises God listed in the Old Testament.
Christianity is different, it is more than a religion - it is the way of life of the Son of God living in man.