HAVE YOU WONDERED?:'What if God was one of us?'
In 1995, Joan Osbourne released a song entitled “One of Us” in which she asks a question, “What if God was one of us?” Christians believe that a man from a small, Middle Eastern village called Nazareth named Jesus answered this question.
You’ve probably heard the joke about the newly hired doctor walking around the hospital, meeting some of her patients for the first time. She stopped to greet one man and asked his name. The man sat up in his hospital bed and proudly proclaimed, “I am Napoleon Bonaparte, The Emperor of France!” The doctor gently asked, “Oh really, who told you that you were Napoleon Bonaparte?” The patient loudly declared, “God did!” At this point, the man in the bed next to him sat up and yelled, “I did not!”
This brings up the point that many throughout history have claimed to be a god or a goddess. The question is “how would someone go about proving a claim like this?” In other words, if God was one of us, how would we know it? What qualities and characteristics would we expect this person to have?
I would like to suggest that we would expect this person to be able to display incredible, supernatural power.
Did Jesus have supernatural power?
Here is a list of some of the miracles of Jesus recorded in the Bible:
His mother was a virgin when he was born, Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-2:1-7
He changed water into wine, John 2:1-11
He healed a Roman official’s son, John 4:46-54
He healed a man that had an evil spirit, Mark 1:23-28; Luke 4:33-37
He healed Peter's mother-in-law, Matthew 8:15; Mark 1:31; Luke 4:39
He caused many fish to be caught, Luke 5:5-6
He healed a man with leprosy, Matthew 8:2-3; Mark 1:41-42
He healed a man who was paralyzed, Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:5; Luke 5
He healed a man with a disabled hand, Matthew 12:13; Mark 3:5; Luke 6:10
He healed a Roman officer’s servant, Matthew 8:13; Luke 7:10
He brought a dead man back to life, Luke 7:11-17
He calmed a stormy sea, Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24
He healed a man with many demons, Matthew 8:32; Mark 5; Luke 8:33
He healed a woman with internal bleeding, Matthew 9:22; Mark 5:29; Luke 8:44
He gave life to a girl who was dead, Matthew 9:25; Mark 5:42; Luke 8:55
He healed two blind men, Matthew 9:27-31
He healed a man who could not talk, Matthew 9:32-33
He healed a man who was disabled, John 5:1-9
He fed 5,000 people, Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9; John 6
He walked on the sea, Matthew 14:25; Mark 6:48; John 6:19
He healed a girl with an evil spirit, Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30
He healed a deaf man, Mark 7:31-35
He fed 4,000 people, Matthew 15:29-39; Mark 8:1-10
He healed a blind man at Bethsaida, Mark 8:22-25
He healed a man who had been born blind John 9:1-7
He healed a boy with an evil spirit, Matthew 17:18; Mark 9:25; Luke 9:42
Catching a fish with a coin in its mouth, Matthew 17:24-27
He healed a blind man with an evil spirit, Matthew 12:22; Luke 11:14
He healed a woman with an 18-year illness, Luke 13:10-13
He healed a man with a bad disease, Luke 14:1-4
He healed 10 men with leprosy, Luke 17:11-19
He raised Lazarus from the dead, John 11:1-44
He healed a blind man near Jericho, Luke 18:35-43
He healed another blind man, Mark 10:46-52
He caused a fig tree to dry up, Matthew 21:19; Mark 11:12-21
He healed a cut ear, Luke 22:49-51
He was resurrected from the dead, Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21
He caused many fish to be caught again, John 21:4-6
The apostle John wrote, “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31)
Russ Whitten is minister of Destin Church of Christ. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.