God With Us

The rest of Matthew’s Gospel documents the evidence for the full deity of Jesus. From the very beginning of His ministry, He healed “all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” (4:23). Again and again, He demanded absolute obedience, starting with His call to the first disciples, “Follow Me” (4:19). He claimed to be the final judge of the eternal destiny of everyone on earth (7:21-23; 25:31-46). He manifested His authority over the created world by walking on water and stilling wind and wave (8:23-27; 14:25-26). He pronounced forgiveness of sins, which the Pharisees rightly knew to be an implicit assertion of deity (9:2-3). He said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” – thus ascribing eternity both to Himself and to His words (24:35). He declared that “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father…” and “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (11:27; 28:18). He asserted that He “will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works” – thus associating to Himself not only the glory of God but God’s right to reward and punish (16:27). He commanded His disciples to baptize “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (28:19). Truly, Jesus deserves our worship, adoration, trust, and full obedience!