Not only did Jesus claim to be God, He proved it by pointing to the Old Testament to reveal that Moses and the prophets were actually writing about Him.
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me (John 5:39).
Here are just two jaw-dropping examples taken from “Jesus Unmasked” (available at wretchedradio.com)
The Feast of Tabernacles
This feast was established by God in @1425 BC (Leviticus 23:33-44). The Jews were to annually commemorate God’s faithfulness by re-enacting their living conditions during the wilderness wanderings. They were to live in a tabernacle (tent or “booth”) for a week and perform symbolic religious ceremonies.
Colossians 2:16, 17 tells us that this festival was actually a picture of Jesus. How?
The Living Water
Each morning of the feast, at the time of the sacrifice, the priests would draw water in a golden vessel from the Pool of Siloam and carry it to the temple to be poured out. This commemorated the water God gave the Jews in the wilderness and served as a symbol that when Messiah comes, the whole world will know God as “water covers the earth” (Is.11:9).
As the temple priests marched around the temple seven times, they would quote the prophet Isaiah.
Then you will say on that day,
“I will give thanks to You, O LORD;
For although You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away,
And You comfort me.
“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the LORD GOD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”
Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation (Is. 12:1-3).
While this elaborate, holy, symbolic gesture was happening, Jesus did something shocking. Again.
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).
One wonders how many people understood exactly what Jesus was saying. One wonders if anyone remembered the next three verses of Isaiah chapter 12.
And in that day you will say,
“Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted.”
Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Jerusalem,
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel (Is.12:4-6).
God’s people did not realize that in that moment, the promise of Isaiah was being fulfilled. Jesus, the Holy One of Israel, was in their midst.
Jesus was undoubtedly alluding to the prophet Jeremiah who spoke for God over 600 years earlier.
For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me,
The fountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves cisterns,
That can hold no water (Jer.2:13).By alluding to God’s words in Jeremiah, not only was Jesus equating Himself with God, the living water, but He was also teaching that His offer of spiritual life is a free gift. Cisterns were man made reservoirs to catch and store rainwater. Cisterns are deficient for three reasons:
1. They leak.
2. The water that is captured and stored is often dirty and lukewarm.
3. They contain a limited amount of water.
On the other hand, an underground well (living water) provides fresh water: cool, clean, refreshing, limitless.
What was Jesus saying? “Stop trying to quench your spiritual thirst with your broken, man-made efforts that cannot satisfy. Instead, come to Me for free, living water and you will never thirst. You will never die.”
When He shouted to the people to quench their spiritual thirst in Him, Jesus was also alluding to Isaiah chapter 55 where God spoke to the Jews through His prophet Isaiah.
Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy (Is.55:1, 2)?
Jesus offered Himself as the free living water that grants everlasting life. No cost. No charge. Free. He also equated Himself with God in one bold statement.
Wait, it gets even better.
The Light of the World
During the seven day celebration of the Feast of Booths, torches were lit to illuminate Jerusalem. The number of lights increased each day so that by day eight on the feast day, Jerusalem was lit up like a rocket. On this day, the men and priests carried torches around the temple and placed them in the ground.
This light was to be a symbol of the Messiah who would be a light to the Gentile nations (Is. 49:6). Jerusalem was ablaze. In the midst of this, with Jerusalem lit up like a comet, Jesus proclaimed;
“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life”(John 8:12-59).
Zing. Pow. Lights out.
While the Jews were festively celebrating with torches blazing everywhere, Jesus’ words were absolutely bodacious. “Hey. Those torches you are carrying, the light they give is a picture of Me. You think Jerusalem is a bright light, I am the light of the world!”
Seven hundred years before Jesus began His ministry, the prophet Isaiah predicted, “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them” (Isaiah 9:2).
The prophet was right, a great light shined in Israel, “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men” (John 1:4). Unfortunately, the darkness did not understand who Jesus was, “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:5).
Jesus came and dwelt with His people. He was Immanuel, “God with us.” Seven hundred years before Jesus was born to a virgin named Mary, the prophet Isaiah predicted:
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel (Is.7:14).
There He was, God with them, and the Jews rejected Him. Shockingly, people did not understand what Jesus, the Light of the World, was saying to them. They did not connect the obvious dots from the Old Covenant to Him. They were blind and could not see. It seems that nothing has changed.
Two contemporary assaults
1. Skeptics assert that Jesus never claimed to be God.
2. Internet surfers claim that the story of Jesus is based on religious myths that pre-dated Him.
The next time someone attempts to hammer you with one of these assertions, reason with them from the Scriptures. Remind them that Jesus was not merely a first century myth; Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham, that “through your seed, all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
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