Hello killed Bill!
I am a christian and I feel what it comes down to is who you think Jesus Christ was? Is he who he clearly says he is in the bible? Its a choice we all have to make.
For me the Bible is the word of God and I think that God protects his word and so I trust in the Bible totally.
In the Bible Jesus does many things to indicate who he is. It is not just in his words but in his actions he shows that he is God over and over again. He also says he is God. If you read the book with an open mind its very clear.
Jesus said 'I and the Father are one' John 10:30Link to 'I and the Father are one'
"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:23Link to and they will call him 'Immanuel' which means "God with us"
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.'
Mark 14 chapter 60-65;
... Again the high priest asked him"Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed one?"
"I am" said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty one and coming on the clouds of heaven."
Jesus answers 'I am' many times in the bible when he is asked who he is. This is important because in the Torah in Exodus 3 it says:
'Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?"
God said to Moses, "I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I am has sent me to you.'"
The Old testament Prophet Zachariah wrote that that someone with salvation would arrive in Jerusalem/Zion on a colt please read link:Zechhariah 9:9
Jesus fufilled this deliberately by arriving on the colt of a donkey. Please see link.Mark 11
And a voice came from Heaven 'you are my beloved son who I love and with whom I am well pleased.'
Luke 5: One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
In John 11:25 Jesus says:
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
"Yes, Lord," she told him,"I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
"Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the spirit, and news about him spread through the countryside. He taught in the synagogues, and everyone praised him.
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went to a synagogue, as he was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me
because he has anointed me
to preach the good news to the poor
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for
and recovery for the sight of the blnd
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them 'Today this scripture is fufilled in your hearing.'"Isaiah 61 from the old testament/Torah
Jesus says he came to fufill that prophercy. The choice of if you chose to accept him as God who he claims he is again and again through words and his actions is yours.
I believe that Jesus behaves with Gods authority and power. I could go on and on about this subject!. But the choice of what you believe is yours alone.
Thanks for giving me the chance to talk about Jesus its been a pleasure
May God bless you