"We are going up to Jerusalem," Jesus said, "and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise." Mark 10:32-34
No army, nation or person has changed history to the degree that a homeless Nazarene who was executed amongst thieves 2000yrs ago. Why?
Jesus acted as God. The Bible reveals Jesus taught and demonstrated authority over sickness, creation & death; He miraculously fed people; He forgave people their sins & was transfigured before friends; He predicted his own demise, death & resurrection. Only God can do this.
Jesus spoke as God. He left no doubt about His own claims, he never intended to. He said he came down from heaven (Jn 3v38); He was more than just a good man (Mk 10v18); That He was God (Jn 8v58); That He was sinless (Jn 8v46); He was the Son of Man (Mt8v20); He told his disciples to pray to himself (Jn 14v13); and that He was the only way to heaven (Jn 14v6); that if they killed Him he would rise again (Mk 10v34)
Jesus was God. When you conclude that Jesus was the Son of God who rose from the dead, living ‘full on’ for Him makes sense. But do we? It has been said that the demons of the bible had a clearer understanding of who Jesus is than most Christian’s do today (Mk 1:24). We need to shape & align our lives in a way that declares Jesus is God. Many of us easily relate to the apostle Peter who made great declarations (Matt 16v16, Lk22v33) and spectacular mistakes (Mk14v68). But Peter was not written off, he was later graciously reinstated & commissioned by Jesus, a moment that carried him all the way to Rome and crucifixion (Jn21v15-19) .
Jesus knows we are human. And His grace is sufficient for us. If you have made a mess of following Jesus then confess your sins (1Jn 1:9), turn from that way (2Tim2:19), remind yourself Jesus is God (1Pet 3v15) and ask the Holy Spirit for help (2Ti1:14). The bible teaches that Jesus is God, but who do you say He is? And will you align your life to your convictions?