Written by a lay student of the Bible. Articles focus on apologetics and key elements such as the Deity of Christ and salvation through faith in Christ alone. With many thanks to Drs Brown, White, Sade, Wood, Qureshi, Dalcour and Zacharias, and Bros Shamoun and Rogers for their excellent teaching and inspiration. All glory goes to God for any truth I am able to communicate. Any errors are mine. All Scripture text is from the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) unless otherwise stated
I got such a big kick out of this when I first "saw" it
Scholars acknowledge Luke to be an excellent and reliable historian.Luke wrote most of the New Testament, contributing more in terms of content than even his mentor, the Apostle Paul. Here is what Luke says about why he wrote his Gospel:
"Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in an orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed." Luke 1:1-4
Did Luke know that Jesus was God? Absolutely! :)
Here is one example from his Gospel
38 The man from whom the demons had departed kept begging Him to be with Him. But He sent him away and said,
Apart from the many Old Testament prophecies about the Coming Messiah, we have two Old Testament prophets who appeared together with Jesus in what can clearly be described as a "power encounter" witnessed by three of the apostles: Peter, John and James.
Jesus had taken the three up to the mountain with Him to pray, and as He prayed, two Old Testament prophets suddenly appeared side by side with Jesus, Who was transformed right before the apostles' eyes.
What issue of vital importance did Jesus, Moses and Elijah discuss during this power encounter? We read the Gospel of Luke to find out (italics mine for emphasis):
28 About eight days after these words, He took along Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
29 As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became dazzling white.
30 Suddenly, two men were talking with Him—Moses and Elijah.
31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of His death, which He was ab…
Where does Jesus say I AM GOD in the Bible? Jesus said He was God again and again in the New Testament. We cover a few of those verses here. But first, we need to give The Name of God, YHWH, its context.
In Exodus 3, Moses comes face to face with God in the burning bush, and Moses asks Him what name he should give the Israelites for God. And God tells him, "I AM THAT I AM (YHWH); and He said, You shall say this to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you."
That same name "I Am" is used elsewhere by YHWH in the Old Testament such as in Deuteronomy 32:39, Isaiah 41:4, 43:10, 13, 46:4, 48:12, and 52:6.
So that was YHWH, Moses and Israel around 1600-1500 BC.
When Jesus began His ministry in Israel around 27AD, He came bearing the very same name. But wait. He used it for Himself. Here are some examples:
Matt 14 LITV (Green's Literal Version)
24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
In response to criticism of his Quran, Muhammad issued this challenge:
"And if you are in doubt as to which We have revealed to Our servant, then produce a sura like it, and call on your helper, besides Allah, if you are truthful." Sura 2:23
So I took a few minutes to try my hand at it, and I came up with this:
Say, o Muslim! Have I not revealed Myself to thee in multiple Persons, even in the Days of Abraham and Moses and the Prophets? Say, o Muslim! Did I not appear to Abram and Sarai in the form of a man and speak with them outside their tent, and even partake with them of a meal most delicious? Say, o Muslim! Only Hell-fire and punishment await those who doubt what I have shown thee in the Torah and the Prophets, and the Four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and in the epistles written with the pen by those who followed Yeshua. Say, o Muslim! Cease thou from mocking the words of Yeshua, and follow Him, for it is He Who has come to thee, to deliver t…
These are just a few of the verses where the Bible unambiguously and unequivocally states that Jesus is God. Bold print mine:
The Apostle John says:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created...
So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son." John 1:1-3,14 "And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true One. We are in the true One—that is, in His Son Jesus Christ.He is the true God and eternal life." 1 John 5:20 The Apostle Nathanael says:
“Rabbi,” Nathanael replied, “You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” John 1:49
Jesus taught about His own death and resurrection many times, so when Muslims say that He was never crucified, they are actually saying that Jesus lied. But Christians know that Muslims are not talking here about the Sinless Jesus of the Bible Who never lied, but about Isa of the Quran
Here is some of the undeniable Scriptural evidence that Jesus knew perfectly well that He was going to die, that He told His disciples about it, and that He promised He would rise again after three days because that was His mission as The Messiah (see Isaiah 52:13 to chapter 53):
"From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “ God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not se…
Muslims like to point to Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane to make the claim that they pray just like He did. But in the pictures below, you can see what a difference there is between rabbinic prostration,Jesus' prayer in the Garden, and Muslim prayer in the mosque.
The position Jesus took while praying in Gethsemane is a prayer position called prostration. Muslims, please look it up in the dictionary: prostration.
The whole body is flat on the ground during prostration. The posterior is not elevated. This position is usually assumed only during the most intense prayer, as Jesus was doing at Gethsemane, such as during intercession. In short, the prostration position that Jesus took and the way Muslims pray are not at all the same.
Secondly, Jesus would always look to HEAVEN when He spoke to the Father. He never bowed to a physical object in Mecca.
See for yourself (caps mine for your convenience):
Matthew 14:19 Then He commanded the crowds to sit down on the g…