Whoever heard of a man reigning as God? Whoever worshiped a man in heaven? What religion in the world – other than Christianity – teaches such a thing?
Luke 19:14 – Note that it is the idea of this man’s reign that is being rejected.
Acts 7:39 – The unwillingness to obey the man Moses foreshadowed an unwillingness to obey the man Christ Jesus (see 1 Timothy 2:5 below).
Acts 10:42 – Consider the progression of Peter’s thought leading up to this verse: Acts 10:38, 39, 40, 41. From such depths (death by crucifixion) to such heights (judge of the living and the dead)! That a human being has been exalted in this way is an altogether singular claim in history. It is utterly unique.
Acts 17:18 – It certainly was strange that men should be called to worship a dead man as God. It not only strange, it was unprecedented until the resurrection and ascension of Christ.
Acts 17:31 – Since God has been the judge of humanity since the beginning, it is unusual that He should chose a man to take His place.
Acts 25:18, 19 – Not only was Paul asserting this dead man to be alive – he was asserting that God had appointed this man to take His place in judging the world (Acts 17:31 above).
1 Timothy 2:5 – Consider this verse in connection with Acts 7:39 above.
Deuteronomy 17:14, 15 – Note that the king must be selected from among the countrymen. Jesus was certainly one of the Jews, which makes Him one of humanity – that is, one of us.
1 Samuel 10:27 – This verse portrays the disdain some people feel at the idea that one person, chosen by God to be king, could make that much difference. Jesus can.