There are many religions that claim that Jesus was just a prophet. However, the Bible says otherwise. So lets look at what the Bible says.
In Genesis 1:1 it says: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Then we go to John 1:1-3: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Then in verse 10,11 it says: He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. Then in verse 14 it says: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Now John the Baptist bare witness,Matthew 3:1-3: In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye:for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Isaiah 39:1-3
Then further down in Matthew chapter 3 in verse 11 John says; I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Then when Jesus came to be baptized John forbid him. He told Jesus that he needed to be baptized by him but Jesus said, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. So John baptized Jesus and when Jesus came up out of the water John saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove upon Jesus and a voice from heaven, saying This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
In Exodus Moses asked for God’s name and God responded, I am that I am. In John 8 they asked Jesus if he was greater than their father Abraham. in verse 56 he said Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he see it, and was glad.
The next verse the Jews were confused and said that he wasn’t even fifty years old so how could he have known Abraham. Jesus responded saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” They knew what he was saying and so because of him calling himself God they took stones up to kill him.
This was not the only time he claimed himself to be God. John 10:27-My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you fro my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Again the Jews knew what he was saying.
Jesus was from the line of David as foretold in Is.9:7. Mt.1:1-The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Both parents were of the line of David because mankind looks upon the male and not the female linage. So God made sure. Since Mary didn’t know no man when she got pregnant and was a virgin she had to come from the line of David because it is really her linage that really counted. Is. 7:14/ fulfillment Mt. 1:18
In Mi. 5:2 it tells you where he was to be born. In Mt. 2:1 it tells you where Jesus was born in Bethlehem fulfilling that prophecy. The old Testament even foretold of the massacre of the infants in Je. 31:15. In Mt. 2:15 it tells of Herod having kids from 2yrs and under murdered. Why? Because of fear of being kicked off the throne. The Bible even talked about the flight to Egypt in Ho. 11:1.
Many believed him to be a prophet because of all the miracles he did. One chapter I like very much is Isaiah 53. It gives a blow by blow account on how he was rejected and his death. It even talked about the ones that were crucified next to him. Psalm 22 talks about his hands and feet being pierced and him being mocked and insulted. 69 prophesied about the gail and vinegar that would be given him.
In Mt. 27:43 they mocked him saying: He trusted in God, let him deliver him now, if he will have him for he said, I am the Son of God. This was foretold in Psalm 22, also-He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
Psalm also, talked about his resurrection and ascension. It was all there in the Old Testament. Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies. So who is Jesus? He is the Messiah, God in the flesh.
Philippians 2:5-11: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who. being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
However, in the Old Testament God said you shall have no other gods before me and that there is only one God. So if people are going to bow before Jesus that means he is God who came down here and put himself as a servant. There are many places where it talks about him being the sacrifice lamb for the sins of the world. Jesus (God) came here on earth not only to fulfill prophecies but because of his love for mankind which he created.
The Muslims who say that saying “Merry Christmas” is equal to murder don’t even know, who themselves claim Jesus is at least a prophet, what the word Christmas means but then maybe they do and don’t care what their prophet teaches. It isn’t hate. Christmas means Christ’s Mass or Christ’s High Holiday. Christ means the Messiah or the anointed one.
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and those that know Jesus the Christ that you get to know him and the peace he brings.
Peace, I leave with you, my peace i give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27