“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9 vs. 6
In ths lesson we will see that Jesus is God Almighty. This amazing name, the Lord Jesus was given by the prophet Isaiah at least 400 years before He was born. What does this name mean? The answer to this question will become clearer after we consider the mighty and strength of the Lord Jesus while He was on earth.
Our most fearful enemy is the devil, also called Satan. It is encouraging for us as Christians to know according to the Bible that the Lord Jesus Christ was also tempted in the same way we are tempted by Satan. He was attacked just as much as we are and yet, He never committed sin.
We read in the Bible that after His baptism, the Lord was led by the Spirit to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing for forty days and forty nights. He was therefore hungry, exhausted and very vulnerable to attacks from Satan. However, when Satan tried to entice the Lord Jesus to commit sin, Jesus was able to stand up against him and told him,
“Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’
Then the devil left Him…” Matthew 4 vs. 10
So we see that Satan went away defeated. How did the Lord Jesus manage to defeat Satan?
What strategy did Jesus use to defeat the devil? Let us consider these three things that the Lord Jesus Christ did to defeat the devil:
We also need to do exactly what Jesus did if we want to defeat Satan. We can emerge victorious if we read, the Bible and keep it in our memories to be used in response to the challenges of Satan. We also need to remember that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to say “No!” to Satans’ influence.
The Lord Jesus told His listeners in most cases that He was the Son of God. He also demonstrated that He was the Son of God through His amazing works of miracles and great wonders. We will just consider a few examples of what He did:
One day while Jesus and His disciples were in a boat, a storm erupted; the winds were strong, tossing waves of water into the boat until it was about to sink in the deep blue sea. The disciples woke the Lord Jesus up who at that time was sleeping! When He awoke, He commanded the wind to stop and immediately there was calmness. The winds and the storms obeyed Him! The disciples were shocked saying;
“Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”
Matthew 8 vs. 27
The Lord Jesus also had power over the demons. Those evil spirits could live inside people and make them mentally disturbed. Sometimes they caused diseases in the bodies of people they lived in. The demons are agents of Satan. They are the unclean spirits that are too powerful for us to control. But our Lord Jesus Christ could tell them to come out of people and they did come out at His command. Again people marvelled:
“What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”
Luke 4 vs. 36
The Lord Jesus also had the power to heal the sick and the lame. There was no illness He could not cure. All kinds of physical disability like blindness, deafness and lameness could be healed by the Lord Jesus. He sometimes laid His hands on the patient and the patient got healed. In some cases he simply spoke and it was done. At other times, He did not even have to be there. He could say,
“Go home, when you get there you will find that your daughter is healed.”
Sometimes He healed individuals and at other times He healed large groups of people at the same time. The Bible says,
“When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.” Luke 4 vs. 40
The was one man who was dead and buried for four days. His name was Lazarus. Could Jesus raise him from the dead? No one has ever raised anyone from death before. The story goes that Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters were saddened by the death of their brother. They felt that if only the Lord Jesus had been there while Lazarus was still alive, before he succumbed to death, then Jesus could have healed him. Now that he was dead, they felt that there was nothing that Jesus could do now except to raise Lazarus at the Day of the Resurrection of the Dead.
That day has not come yet! Jesus told them they didn’t have to wait until the Day of the Resurrection of the Dead. Lazarus could be raised there and then. He said,
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11 vs. 25.
So the Lord Jesus Christ raised Lazarus from the dead after he had been four days dead! If that is not wonderful to you, what else could excite you about this man, the Lord Jesus Christ?
The Jews found it hard to believe that anyone could forgive sins. One day, four men brought a sick man to the Lord Jesus so that He could heal Him.
Read the story in Matthew 9 vs. 2-9. Instead of healing the man right away, the Lord Jesus said to him,
“Your sins are forgiven!”
No one had ever heard anything like that before. They thought,
“What?!” “Who can forgive sins except God alone?”
They were right, only God could forgive sins. The man who said, “your sins are forgiven” was the Lord Jesus Christ. He was the Son of God and equal with God. He is God manifest in human form. Isaiah the prophet tells us that His name shall be called
“Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9 vs. 6
The Lord Jesus knew that it was more important to for that man to be forgiven than to be healed from diseases. So He forgave his sins first and later healed him.
What do we mean by this? It is one of the most difficult things to explain. On a certain day, the Lord Jesus took three of His disciples to a mountain.
They were Peter, James and John. He left them at the foot of the mountain and climbed alone. While He was at the top of the mountain, an amazing spectacle occurred. His face radiated and glowed as bright as the sun. and all His clothes too. There appeared the likeness of two men with Him. It was Moses and Elijah. Both of these men were respected servants of God and had died more than 400 years back. Here they were on this day when the Lord Jesus Christ revealed to the three disciples His glory. Some years later,
Peter will always remember this event and he will write these words:
“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to him from the excellent glory;
“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” 2 Peter 1 vs. 16-18
Sometimes it is easy for us to think that the Lord Jesus Christ was just an ordinary man, a great preacher, a philosopher, and founder of one of the world’s major religions. Some may say that He was a good man and His teachings can help us to live better. But, He was more than that. He claimed to be the Son of God. In the ears of the Jews who understood more of His language than we do, that statement meant that He made Himself equal with God.
Of course, you may say,
“I have never read a verse in the Bible that says that Jesus is God.”
That being said, you will have to realize that Jesus could not plainly teach that He was God. Otherwise the Jews would consider that to be purely evil and they would have totally rejected Him. The first of the Ten Commandments says that
“You shall have no other God beside me.”
So they would assume that Jesus is claiming to be another God. Any other god would be an idol. The punishment was death by stoning. Read the story in John 10 vs. 30-33.
The Lord Jesus said:
“I and my Father are one.”
What was their reaction?
“…The Jews took up stones again to stone him.”
How did Jesus respond to their challenge?
Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”
What did they say was their reason for stoning Him?
“The Jews answered him, For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
There are many passages in the Bible which will teach us the truth that Jesus is God. Some of these are:
John 14 vs. 9: “Jesus said to him…He who has seen Me has seen the Father.
Colossians 2 vs. 9: “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”.
When Thomas saw the Lord Jesus Christ after His resurrection from the dead, He worshipped Him saying,
“My Lord and My God.” John 20 vs. 28
Yes, it is true that Jesus, is God. Him and the Father are one. The Lord Jesus Christ is sometimes called the Son of man. This name means that He is both God and man. He understands what it means to be tempted, to be hated, to be misunderstood, to be poor, to be hungry and to suffer. Because He is man, He knows what it means to suffer and to be tempted. Because He is he God He is able to help us when we pray.
“For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Romans 10 vs. 13.
If you are not saved, why not believe in His name today? Confess your sins to Him and ask Him to come into your heart as your personal Savior. He will hear you and save you. The Bible says,
“…And the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” John 6 vs. 37
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. ” John 14 vs. 13-14.
Our enemy Satan hates us and he wants to destroy us. The Bible says that, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5 vs. 8. But if the Lord Jesus is our Savior, we need not fear Satan nor his evil spirits. The Bible says,
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4 vs. 7.
We do so by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ overcame Satan by his death and resurrection from the dead. Therefore, Satan has been defeated and we have victory in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ask in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
Start today to ask in His name. Whatever you need, you may tell Him. He is the Son of God, He is all powerful and He loves you. He wants you to call upon Him. The Lord says,
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Psalms 50 vs. 15