Question:Did Jesus ever say that He was the Son of God?
Bible Answer: Yes!
Jesus claimed to be God. On
several occasions Jesus openly declared that
He was God. Here are several examples.
John 5:18 - Early in Jesus' ministry the religious leaders
understood that He had claimed to be equal with God. Jesus had just healed
a man and a discussion followed between Jesus and the religious leaders and
then we read the following,
For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the
more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His
own Father, making Himself equal with God. John 5:18 (NAS95S)
The religious leaders thought that Jesus was claiming to be "equal"
with God. The Greek
word that is translated as "equal" is ISOS. ISOS means "pertaining
to that which is equal, either in number, size, quality, or characteristics."
They understood that Jesus was claiming to be more than just a man. But
they did not understand that Jesus was claiming that He was more than
John 8:58 - Jesus was trying to help them
understand that He was God. Notice what Jesus says in the following passages,
father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” So
the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty
years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus
said to them, “Truly,
truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” John 8:56-58
Now notice that Jesus called Himself, "I am." This is the
same thing that God called Himself in Exodus 3:6 and 14.
He said also, “I am the God
of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob" . . . God said to Moses, “I AM WHO
I AM” . . . Exodus 3:6, 14(NAS95S)
The Jews understood exactly what Jesus did. Jesus was declaring that He was the God they worshipped -
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And they picked up stones to kill Him (John 8:59) because
he had declared that He was God.
John 10:33- Sometime later Jesus clearly stated that He was God
and the Jewish leaders once again understood.
and the Father are one." The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, "I
showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?" The Jews
answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You,
being a man, make Yourself out to be God." (NASB) John 10:30-33
The Jewish leaders understood that He was claiming to be God, so they wanted to stone Him to
death. That was the penalty for blasphemy. Jesus responded by asking them to give a reason for
their actions. They answered that He had blasphemed. Their answer was pointed and specific. They
said that He was a man and could not be God. They understood that He was claiming to be God.
But they rejected His statement just as others have. Today, people may claim that Jesus never
said He was God, but the religious leaders understood that He did. People do not want to believe
Jesus said this because they do not believe He is God. The expression “Son
of God” was
a phrase that meant Jesus was God. It did not mean that Jesus was God’s offspring (compare
John 10:33 with 10:36) or that He was a child of God. Jesus explained the meaning of the phrase
Himself in John 10:36. Later in John 19:7 the Jewish leaders used this claim against Jesus once
Other Statements - Just before Jesus returned to heaven the apostle
Thomas stated this,
Thomas answered and said to
Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:28 (NAS95S)
If Jesus had never taught them that truth, why would Thomas say that? Thomas believed Jesus
was God and he declared it. Also, notice the words written at the end of 1 John.
we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may
know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This
is the true God and eternal life. 1
John 5:20 (NAS95S)
Conclusion:Jesus said that He was God, the Son of God. The disciples
believed He was God and the writers of the epistles in the New Testament believed that He was
God. Anyone who says that He never claimed to be God and that the New Testament never says that
He is God has never seriously
read the New Testament or they did not understand what they were reading. May God bless you.