Was Jesus God? Of course He was!
The Bible says so, clearly. It’s so clear, even I can understand it!!
Notice how God says “Us” in the following passages:
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creepers creeping on the earth.
Gen 3:22 And Jehovah God said, Behold, the man has become as one of Us, to know good and evil.
Gen 11:7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they cannot understand one another's speech.
Here is where God tells Moses His name:
Exo 3:13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the sons of Israel, and shall say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they shall say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 God said, "I am who I am. You must tell them: 'The one who is called I AM has sent me to you.'
In the following passages, Jesus gives Himself the same name:
Joh 8:24 That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. And you will die in your sins if you do not believe that 'I Am Who I Am'."
Joh 8:28 So he said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, you will know that 'I Am Who I Am'; then you will know that I do nothing on my own authority, but I say only what the Father has instructed me to say.
Joh 13:19 I tell you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen, you will believe that 'I Am Who I Am.'
Consider this passage:
Joh 8:57 They said to him, "You are not even fifty years old---and you have seen Abraham?" 58 "I am telling you the truth," Jesus replied. "Before Abraham was born, 'I Am'." 59 Then they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and left the Temple.
Now I ask: If Jesus was just saying He’s human, why would the people want to stone Him for that? They wanted to stone Him because He was saying He was God. Which, of course, He was.
Joh 10:30 The Father and I are one." 31 Then the people again picked up stones to throw at him. 32 Jesus said to them, "I have done many good deeds in your presence which the Father gave me to do; for which one of these do you want to stone me?" 33 They answered, "We do not want to stone you because of any good deeds, but because of your blasphemy! You are only a man, but you are trying to make yourself God!"
So the Jews of 2000 years ago seemed to understand Jesus just fine!
Now I know that I am not the cleverest guy in town, but if you are convinced that you are smarter than I am, ponder this:
Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth! I thank you because you have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned.
Luk 10:21 At that time Jesus was filled with joy by the Holy Spirit and said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth! I thank you because you have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned. Yes, Father, this was how you were pleased to have it happen.
So God wants us dumb guys to understand His truths.
Sure it’s simple, but this is the worlds problem:
Joh 3:19 This is how the judgment works: the light has come into the world, but people love the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil. 20 Those who do evil things hate the light and will not come to the light, because they do not want their evil deeds to be shown up. 21 But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God.
2Th 2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the breath of His mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming, 9 whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, so that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, 12 so that all those who do not believe the truth, but delight in unrighteousness, might be condemned.
So let the Bible be your guide. Read any version, but have a King James version to double check any grey areas. Don’t change the Bible. Don’t chuck out the parts you don’t like. Read the whole thing. And reread it, and then the light will shine into your heart and the Holy Spirit will open your understanding. Remember, without the Holy Spirit to enlighten your mind, God's word the Bible will be nonsense to you. Pray for understanding as you read.
May God bless you with joy and hope, the hope that Jesus gives us of eternity in Heaven.