Blog Post 6
February 28, 2018
Did Jesus claim to be God?
Jesus, the center of Christian belief, and a large player in many other religions, did not claim to be God in the simplest forms. Jesus never once in the Bible said the words, I am God, but he did compare himself to God lots. Stating in John that he was sent from Him and is from Him,” you do not know him, but I know him because I am from him and he sent me," (John 7:29). Further into John Jesus says that He is akin to God, "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30). Throughout the book of John, we see Jesus compare himself to God, but never directly say He is God.
During this time comparing yourself to God was a form of blasphemy and even uttering the word YHWH was considered wrong. The Hebrews made the word hard to pronounce on purpose and instead when speaking of God would use the word Adonai instead. The reason the Hebrews did this is so that they would never accidently use God’s name in vain.
Since YHWH was hard to pronounce and there were no other words that were fitting for Jesus, he would instead describe himself. He would speak of himself as the gate for the sheep." (John 10:7 or as "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener." (John 15:1) Using many different variations of explaining that he is, in fact, God.
I think this is such a cool way for Jesus to speak to us and to relate with us. He understood the Jewish people of the time and followed their culture and did not boast himself as a blasphemer even though what he was speaking is true. There are not many kings who would understand and do this.