By Billy Graham • September 1, 2004
I’m glad you respect Jesus for the things He taught—but have you ever asked yourself what part of His teaching shocked people the most?
The answer, you will find, is His teaching about Himself. Jesus touched on many subjects in His teaching, such as human relationships, our care for the creation, personal integrity, and so forth. In fact, His teachings touch on almost every part of life. But intertwined with all His other teachings was something more basic: His teaching about Himself.
What did He say about Himself? Repeatedly Jesus made the most startling claim imaginable: that He was God in human flesh. To His disciples He said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). To the crowds He declared, “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me” (John 12:44-45).
Why is this important? Because if Jesus was who He claimed to be (and He was), then we would expect Him to perform miracles. His miracles were signs—signs pointing to His true identity. They weren’t myths; they actually happened! I urge you to see Jesus as He really is: the divine Son of God, sent from heaven to save us from our sins. And then I urge you to give your life to Him, for He is worthy of your full allegiance.