“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22 (NIV)
What a bold claim to say he alone knows the Father, the Almighty God in heaven, yet Jesus makes this claim. How do we respond to such a claim?
- He’s a liar—a blasphemer! He is not the Son of God.
- Many in the Bible spoke from a relationship with God, how’s Jesus different?
Is Jesus a liar? Could he truly be the Son of God?
Jesus’ life and experience satisfy many of the Old Testament prophesies (Genesis 28:14, Jesus is a descendant of Abraham, Matthew 1; Isaiah 7:14, he was born of a virgin, Luke 1:35; Micah 5:2, he was born in Bethlehem, Matthew 2: 4-6; Hosea 11:1, he was called from Egypt, Matthew 2:14-15; Psalm 78:1-2, he taught in parables, Matthew 13: 34-35; Isaiah 9:1-2, his ministry began in Galilee, Matthew 4:12-17; Isaiah 35:5-6, he performed healing miracles, Matthew 11:2-6; Isaiah 53:3, he was despised and rejected, Luke 4:28-29; Zechariah 9:9, he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, Matthew 28:8-10; Zechariah 11:12-13, he was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver, Matthew 27:6-10; Exodus 12: 21-27, he was forshadowed as the Passover lamb and died on the day of sacrifice, John 19; Psalm 22, his hands and feet were pierced and none of his bones were broken, John 19; Psalm 118: 17-18, he was resurrected, Luke 24:5-7, etc.)
Was Jesus the only one who knew the Father?
It is true the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus at his baptism and like many Biblical prophets, Jesus spoke the words God gave him. Old Testament prophets spoke of Jesus’ coming (see the fulfilled prophesies above) and John the Baptist said of Jesus, “I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” (John 1:34, NIV)
But Jesus claims he alone knows the Father because he is the Son of the Father. And from that intimate relationship, Jesus reveals the Father to us.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. “ John 10:14-15 (NIV)
Hebrews 1, states this about the difference between Jesus and the Old Testament prophets:
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s gloryand the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. Hebrews 1:1-4 (NIV)
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”