A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:26-28)
See what this disciple says. Many today claim that Jesus never actually claimed He was God, but only God’s Son. Yet we can see He was both.
The Jews in Jesus’s time who well knew that the Old Testament says “Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is one, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind”
Yet what happened in the John 8 was the Jews saw what Jesus was saying about who He was as blasphemy and tried to stone Him
Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” 58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds. (John 8:53-59)
Obviously they knew exactly what claims Jesus made of His divinity. There was not doubt in their minds what He was claiming. None whatsoever.
The disciple Thomas whom Jesus appears to, says “My Lord and my God”
Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.
Matthew 28:9 –
Notice, “They worshiped Him”
These Jewish men who knew the Law of Moses which said
“You shall have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:3 – and this is also repeated in
So obviously if Jesus was not God, these men were bowing to another god. Yet we who have received Christ know that,
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
Colossians 2:9 –
Sure God still existed in Heaven, yet He walked in human form on earth. The Spirit of God living through the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, who walked among the very people He spoke to in the book Jeremiah saying “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)
“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
Whom was the messenger sent before the Lord? Who was he?
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” (Matthew 2:1-3)
Malachi written around 400 years earlier predicts the arrival of John the baptist to preach in preparation for The Lord’s arrival.
Yet far back in the time of Moses, Moses prophesied about the days of Christ, saying
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. (Deuteronomy 18:15-19)
God’s holiness among the people in Moses’s time was fearful and awestriking. So much so that they were terrified to hear the thunderous voice from the mountain.
God warned Moses not to let the people approach Him just carelessly, or without authorization.
Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death. They are to be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.”
Exodus 19:12-13 –
Yet Jesus Christ is God coming to our level to walk among mankind and offer unto God a sacrifice that can enable us to approach God without fear and dread
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken —that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Hebrews 12:18-29 –
To approach God without Christ is to forget how Holy He is, and how dreadful our sin is.
Up until Jesus came into the world, the only thing that could grant some access to God’s presence was a sacrificial system so He could overlook sin through the centuries to follow, so he could preserve a race of people for Himself to whom He would bring the Messiah.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:4-7)
Yet the Jews of old, Israel had to be preserved some way- so God could unfold His redemptive plan that He had in mind before the foundation of time
in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
When reading the New Testament book of the letter of Hebrews, we must realize this was a predominantly Jewish audience whom it was written. Jews that had believed in Jesus Christ.
The book of Hebrews is a difficult book to unpack. To read it, it is very helpful to understand the Old Testament. The author of Hebrews borrows much illustration from the Old Testament to explain many things to Jewish coverts to Jesus Christ.
For us who were not Jewish from the start, but what would be referred to as Gentiles, if we lived in these times. A book such as Hebrews may be harder to understand without some knowledge of the Old Testament.
The good news of the Gospel though is Christ Jesus came to save not just His people Israel from sin, but has made salvation possible for the rest of the world (Those who will turn to Him and believe the news He brought.)
God is not choosing favorites but will forgive anyone from any nation or nationality or upbringing that turns to Christ Jesus by faith!