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Jesus Claimed Equality with the Father

Still pondering! YHWH, the LORD, the great I AM, shall be King over all the earth and His name one (Zech. 14:9). Who is the great “I Am”? They had heard the rumor. “Born of a virgin,” they said! Oh please! The religious crowd said to Jesus, “We know who our father is; it’s Abraham! Who is yours, huh?” Jesus said to them that if Abraham was their father then they would do the works of Abraham (Jn. 8:39). Their response was inevitable, “We were not born of fornication: we have one Father – God.” Jesus responded, “If God were your father, you would love me because I came from Him. In fact, He sent Me” (my paraphrase, Jn. 8:41-42).

This major confrontation led to Jesus exposing this religious group as children of the devil (Jn. 8:44). The conversation ended with Jesus’ words, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it was glad.” The Jews were furious! “You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham?” (Jn. 8:57). Jesus’ words were powerful and stinging to the Jews. “Most assuredly I say to you that before Abraham was born, I AM” (Ego Eimi, Jn. 8:58). Wow! He is saying that before Abraham was even born – He existed. He was claiming to be the great I Am. The Jews did not miss it! They picked up stones to throw at him. They knew what He was saying. 

In the famous upper room meeting with His disciples, Jesus was comforting troubled hearts. He was going away. He told them not to let their hearts be troubled. They believed in God – they were to believe in Him also. He was going to prepare a place for them and would come again to take them to be with Him. Thomas’ words are very familiar. “We do not know where you are going and how can we know the way?” Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me” (Jn. 14:1-6). 

Philip heard Christ mention the Father and asked Christ to show them the Father, saying that would be sufficient to confirm their belief in Him (Jn. 14:8). Jesus made an amazing shift from speaking of the Father to Himself by asking Philip, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?” (John 14:9a). Wow! The words of Christ rocked Philip. Catch the glimpse! “He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’”? Amazing! “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves” (Jn. 14:9b-11). “He who has seen Me has seen the Father!” What powerful words! What a glimpse! Jesus Christ makes God the Father known.

The Father’s words were being spoken through Christ, and His work was being done through Christ (Jn. 6:38). Jesus confirmed this truth in John 10. Recall Jesus’ words from yesterday’s post. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them from my Father’s hand” (Jn. 10:27-29). Catch this glimpse! “I and My Father are one.” (Jn. 10:30) What? He meant that He and the Father are one in essence. The characteristics that belong uniquely to the Father also belong to Christ.

The Father has authority over all creation: “He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’” (Dan. 4:35). Jesus Christ shares this sovereignty: “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth’” (Matt. 28:18).

The Father is eternal life: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psa. 90:1–2). Jesus Christ is also eternal life: “And this is the record that God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son” (1 Jn. 5:11).

The Father is absolutely righteous: “For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright” (Psa. 11:7). Jesus Christ is also referred to as being righteous: If you know that He (Christ) is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him” (1 Jn. 2:28–29).

The Father knows the thoughts of men: “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off” (Psa. 139:1–2). The Son also knows the thoughts of men: “But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts?’” (Matt. 9:4).  

The Father is present everywhere: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me” (Psa. 139:7–10). Jesus Christ is also everywhere present: “Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, ‘Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!Nathanael said to Him, ‘How do You know me?Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you’” (John 1:47–50). Our Lord saw Nathaniel under the fig tree because He was there.

Stay safe and stay tuned.

 


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