Jesus again affirms his identify as God in the Book of Revelation when He says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." (Revelation 22:13).
In this day and age it is becoming increasingly popular to view Jesus as just a very wise moral teacher among the many wise moral teachers that humanity has learned from over the millennia. While this view may be beneficial for introducing non-believers to the Gospel and helping them get acquainted with Jesus' words, it has unfortunately begun popping up within Christianity as well.
Uncomfortable with the idea that the person of Christ could have been fully human and fully God, an idea that seems out of place in the modern world, some Christians have started to think of Jesus as just a very special person. But is it possible to call yourself a Christian and not believe that Jesus is God?
The one tenant which unites Christians worldwide is the belief that Jesus died for our salvation, an act that could only have been possible if He truly was God. Without this belief Christianity no longer offers any hope of salvation, or much reason to consider Jesus' words as more worthy of basing our lives on than the words of any of the world's other great teachers.
Jesus makes it clear in scripture that He is God, and that if we are to follow Him we need to accept that fact. He did try to teach us to love God and to love each other, but His main purpose in living among us was to carry out the plan for our salvation. Jesus' divinity is made clear in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke through a combination of His words and actions. Nevertheless, one could argue that in these gospels His identity as God is hinted at rather than directly stated.
In the Gospel of John, however, we are given many verses and spiritually encouraging quotes directly from the mouth of Jesus which are intended to reveal to us that He is, in fact, God incarnate. The following three statements in particular can leave us with no doubt that Jesus knew He was God and wanted His disciples to know it as well:
- "Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" (John 8:58)
- I and the Father are one. (John 10:30)
- Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. (John 14:9)
Jesus again affirms his identify as God in the Book of Revelation when He says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." (Revelation 22:13). This statement makes it unequivocally clear that Jesus did not see Himself as just a prophet or a very wise teacher, but fully and completely as God.
There can be no doubt that Jesus intended for His followers to believe that He was God. While following His moral teachings can help make you a more loving and kind person, it does not make you a Christian. Jesus said what He said and did what He did not so that His words and miracles would be taken on their own, but so that through them we could come to recognize Him for who He truly is.