June 20, 2017 by genelup
Years ago when I was in my 30s and a reporter for The Arizona Republic, I interviewed a Jewish rabbi on some topic I’ve long forgotten. However, the subject of Jesus came up.
He said no where in the Bible that said Jesus was the Son of God. He was merely a good man and a prophet. At that time, I had fallen from my churchgoing years as a child and teen into a dozen years denying my Lord and mired in a filthy sinful cesspool. At age 31, and at the end of my miserable rope, I asked Christ’s forgiveness and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I was basically a new Christian and I couldn’t answer the rabbi.
Years have passed. My faith in Christ has grown, and I found scripture to dispute what that rabbi believed.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” — Matt. 28:18. Seems to me Jesus is God. But, of course, if you pick and choose what to believe in the Bible you could argue against any verse. I believe the entire Bible, although written by men, is inspired by the Holy One.
Jesus’ Jewish disciples were in a boat. “And when they had climbed back into the boat (Jesus and Peter), the wind stopped. The others sat there, awestruck. ‘You really are the Son of God!’ they exclaimed.” — Matt 14:32,33
Jesus is God’s only heir. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. — Heb. 1:1-2
And then this verse: “But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” — I John 2:1.
I wish I can remember that rabbi’s name. Perhaps he found these scriptures himself.