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“The proof is in the pudding.” Have you heard that saying? It is a shortened version of the saying “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” Centuries ago, a pudding was a sausage-like dish of chopped meat, fat, spice and cereal. The only way to know if it was good or spoiled was to eat it. So the saying came to mean you only know something is good when you experience it.
To understand what the people who experienced Jesus’s teaching and ministry thought of him, we can look at their words and actions. One example is the man born blind who Jesus healed. After healing him, Jesus meets him again in John 9:35-38, ‘Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
“Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.’ (NIV 1984)
Jesus claimed to be the Son of Man. Scripture tells us the Son of Man would come from heaven and return, would heal people and have authority to judge. The man was so convinced Jesus was the Son of Man, he worshipped Jesus. The title and the man’s worship point us to the deity of Jesus. That is his identity.
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