Stuart Olyott Writes:
Who created the world? And yet of Jesus it is said, ‘All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made ... the world was made through Him ...’; ‘For by Him all things were created ... All things were created through Him and for Him’ (John 1:3, 10; Colossians 1:16–17).
Who holds the universe together, and rules it? And yet of Jesus it is said, ‘In Him all things consist.’ He is ‘upholding all things by the word of His power’. He was able to announce to his disciples, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth’ (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3; Matthew 28:18).
Who but God will raise the dead, and judge the world? Yet we read of Jesus that, ‘...all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation’ (John 5:28–29). ‘For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 5:10). The Lord Jesus Christ claimed this most vividly in his parable of the sheep and goats. Eastern shepherds have both in their flocks, but there come times when they must separate them. He announced that he would come in his glory, and gather all nations before him: ‘And He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats’ (Matthew 25:32). Who but God could do this?
Who but God can give eternal life? But Jesus said of his people, ‘And I give them eternal life’ (John 10:28). Who but God can send the Holy Spirit? But Jesus promised, ‘I will send Him to you’ (John 16:7). Who but God can make his people holy? But Paul wrote, ‘Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her ...’ (Ephesians 5:25–26). ere are things which God alone can do; but the Lord Jesus Christ does these things. He must be God.
Jesus’ words and actions on this earth drive us to the same conclusion. Throughout the Old Testament we read that the prophets introduced their messages by saying, ‘Thus says the Lord’. When Jesus came, his teaching, too, had a unique authority. It staggered those who heard him (Matthew 7:28–29; John 7:32, 45–46). They were accustomed to the teaching of the Jewish scribes, who spent most of their time quoting learned writers. Jesus did not speak like them; but nor did he speak like the prophets. He spoke on his own authority, saying, ‘I say to you’ (Matthew 5:18, 20, 22, etc.). In the circumstances this was clearly a claim to deity. He spoke as God.
In the same way, he spoke to the demons, and they came out (Mark 1:21–27). His mere word was necessary—how unlike the elaborate ceremonies of the Jewish exorcists! He spoke to the wind and the sea, and they obeyed him (Mark 4:41). He spoke to the blind, and they could see; to the deaf, and they could hear (Matthew 9:27–32; Mark 7:34–35). At his word the lame walked, the diseased were healed and the dead were raised (John 5:8–9; Luke 17:11–19; Mark 5:41–42). He spoke as God, and those who witnessed his miracles sensed themselves to be in the presence of God (Luke 5:25– 26; 7:16; 9:43). His miracles reveal his identity, for as John wrote, towards the end of his Gospel, ‘And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name’ (John 20:30–31).