Chapter 6: Evidences That Demand A Verdict - The confessions of Jesus’ disciples
5. The confessions of Jesus’ disciples.
There is another fact to which I want to call your attention. When the Son of God left His glory in heaven and took the form of a servant, He did not say that He was God explicitly because He came to die, not to be glorified. He said to His disciples:
For even the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
His Deity was hidden in His humanity, but He caused those who were with Him to declare His Deity. All of them were Jews who believed in monotheism.
- Nathaniel shouted, "You are the Son of God" (John 1:49).
- Peter by a special revelation from the Father cried out, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God" (Matthew 16:16).
"Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven’" (Matthew 16:17).
- Thomas, seeing Christ after His resurrection, and seeing the wounds in His hands and side, was completely certain that Jesus was the crucified and resurrected Christ; overcome with joy, he cried out,
My Lord and my God (John 20:28).
That was not an exclamation, it was a confession.
All these confessions clearly indicate that Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God.