The claims of Jesus Christ of Nazareth are very bold indeed and require a decision on our part to either believe or not believe. Here are Seven Claims Jesus Christ made about Himself.
- Christ claimed to live a sinless life:
In John chapter 8 Jesus said of himself, “Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. . .” No one would accuse him of being wrong.
Other scriptures attest to this:
1 Peter 2:22 says, “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
1 John 3:5 says, “. . . And in him is no sin.”
This is important statement because the Bible indicates that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Since only God does not sin, therefore Jesus’ sinless state is proof of His being God.
- He claimed to be the only Son of God:
John 8:28-29 “So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”
Jesus claimed to be the only Son of God. Some sects believe He was one among others. This is an erroneous belief and is not supported by scripture.
- He claimed to be the only way to God:
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”
This is a very clear statement and perhaps one of the more difficult for those who believe in pluralism. If you want eternal life in heaven with God, Jesus Christ claimed He was the only way.
- He claimed to be able to forgive sin:
Luke 5:20-21 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’ The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, ‘Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?’”
This statement got Jesus in hot water with the religious Pharisees. They openly rebuked him and felt something like this, the nerve of the guy to think He can forgive sins, like He’s God! Well, yes he was and is and forever more shall be!
- He claimed to be equal with God:
Luke 22:69 “But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
At his trial Jesus, though silent, did not refute His claims to be God and it’s for this very reason he was crucified. Only a lunatic or God himself would allow Himself to endure a Roman crucifixion, but He did it so that the world could be reconciled to God, made right with Him.
- He claimed to be King of a Heavenly Kingdom:
John 18:36-37 “Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.’ ‘You are a king, then!’ said Pilate. Jesus answered, ‘You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.'”
This is a statement of truth. If you want to hear truth you will receive it, if not you will call it a lie.
- He claimed to be able to give everlasting life:
John 6:40 “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6:47 “I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.”
John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die…'”
Besides everything Jesus has done for those who believe in Him, Christians will enjoy eternal life in Heaven! (You can too, if you will only believe.)
These claims offer three conclusions; He was a liar, a lunatic, or who He claimed to be. If a liar, then how was it that several books of the Old Testament document how Jesus would appear on earth, suffer and die as the Messiah? If a lunatic, how did he do so many miracles and raise Himself from the dead? If interested in exploring the facts regarding these claims outside the Bible, books like Case for Christ and Case for Easter by Lee Stroble, More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis propose very solid evidence for all these claims.