Jesus, being a Jew, was totally familiar with the Jewish culture and religion.
â€œTherefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He
â€¦ said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.â€ (John 5:18)
â€œThen the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.
â€¦ â€˜For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy,
and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.â€™ â€ (John 10:31,33)
â€œTell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God!â€ Jesus said to him, â€œIt is as you said.â€
â€¦ the high priest tore his clothes, saying, â€œHe has spoken blasphemy!â€ (Matt. 26:63,64)
But, Jesus did not proclaim Godâ€™s truths clearly (He taught in parables)
â€œBut without a parable He did not speak to them (the multitudes).
And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.â€ (Mark 4:34)
â€œTo you (disciples) it has been given to know the mysteries
(secret-hidden truths) of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables,
that â€˜Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.â€™ â€ (Luke 8:10)
Jesus hinted at His equality with Father God
â€œI and My Father are oneâ€ (John 10:30)
â€œHe who has seen Me has seen the Fatherâ€ (John 14:9)
â€œâ€¦ all should honor the Son just as they honor the Fatherâ€ (John 5:23)
â€œAnd now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory
which I had with You before the world was. â€¦ We are oneâ€ (John 17:5,22)
Jesus hinted that He was â€œI AMâ€ (God)
God told Moses that â€œI AMâ€ was His name â€œforeverâ€ (Exodus 3:14-15).
â€œâ€¦ if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.â€ (John 8:24)
â€œWhen you lift up (crucify) the Son of Man,
then (at the resurrection) you will know that I AM â€¦â€ (John 8:28)
â€œMost assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.â€ (John 8:58)
â€œâ€¦ when it (His betrayal) does come to pass, you may believe that I AM.â€ (John 13:19)
â€œNow when He said to them, â€˜I AMâ€™, they drew back and fell to the ground.â€ (John 18:6)
â€œI have told you that I AM.â€ (John 18:8)
â€œJesus said to her, â€œI who speak to you AM.â€ (John 4:26)
None of the 7 verses above have â€œheâ€ after â€œI AMâ€ in the Greek manuscripts.
Many of the English translations have just inserted the â€œheâ€ for readability.
More of Jesusâ€™ hints that He is â€œI AMâ€ (God)
â€œI AM the bread of (eternal) life â€¦â€ (John 6:35)
â€œI AM the light of the world â€¦â€ (John 8:12)
â€œI AM the door of the sheep.â€ (John 10:7)
â€œI AM the good shepherdâ€ (John 10:11)
â€œI AM the resurrection and the (eternal) life â€¦â€ (John 11:25)
â€œI AM the way, the truth, and the (eternal) life â€¦â€ (John 14:6)
â€œI AM the true vine â€¦â€ (John 15:1)
â€œI AM the Son of Godâ€ (Matthew 27:43)
Jesus claimed to be the Giver of eternal life
â€œâ€¦ a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.â€ (John 4:14)
â€œâ€¦ the Son gives (eternal) life to whom He will.â€ (John 5:21)
â€œâ€¦ everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you â€¦â€ (John 6:27)
â€œAnd I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish â€¦â€ (John 10:28)
â€œNo one comes to the Father (gets into heaven) except through Me.â€ (John 14:6)
â€œâ€¦ You (Father God) have given Him (Jesus) authority over all flesh,
that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given (to) Him.â€ (John 17:2)
For people to believe in â€œthe mysteries of the kingdom of Godâ€ (Luke 8:10),
God must reveal to them that these things are the truth.
Spiritual truth does not come through intellect, education, reasoning, etc.
God had His reasons for planning it that way.
Edited by Ameer7, 26 June 2011 - 03:58 PM.