I’m currently revisiting More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell. My faith has been struggling tremendously in the past year, so I’m seeking stable theological and philosophical footing upon the ROCK.
The following are notes from within the pages of that book, and my follow-up notes on scriptures referenced in McDowell’s case for the divinity of Christ.
More for my purposes than anyone else. Feel free to read on, if you wish.
- Why do other religious figures not offend people as much as Jesus?
Because Jesus claimed to be God. “He presented himself as the only avenue to salvation and the only source of forgiveness of sins – things the ancient Jews knew that only God could claim.
The words Jesus Christ are not a first and last name; they are actually a name and a title.
The name Jesus is derived from the greek form of the name Jeshua or Joshua, meaning “Jehovah-Savior” or “the Lord saves.”
The title Christ is derived from the Greek word for Messiah (or the Hebrew Mashiach) and means “Anointed One.”
Two offices, KING and PRIEST, are indicated in the use of the title Christ. The title affirms Jesus as the promised priest and king of Old Testament prophecies. This affirmation is crucial to a proper understanding about Jesus and Christianity.P
Scriptures attribute characteristics of him that can be true only of God
John 1:1-2 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
John 8:58 – “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
John 17:5 – “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with youbefore the world began.”
John 17:24 – “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”
Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Matthew 28:20 – “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 17:22-27 – “When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief. After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
John 4:16-18 – He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
John 6:64 – “Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.
Matthew 8:26-27 – “He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Luke 4:38-41 – “Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah.”
Luke 7:14-15 – “Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.”
Luke 8:24-25 – “The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Possessing eternal life
1 John 5:11-12 – “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
1 John 5:20 – “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”
Jesus received worship as God
Matthew 14:33 – “Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 28:9 – “Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.”
Jesus claimed to be worthy of worship as God
John 5:23 – “Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.”
Hebrews 1:6 – “And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
Revelation 5:8-14 – “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign[a] on the earth.” Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”