Who Is Jesus
As Christians, Jesus is the most important part of us. Sometimes it’s difficult to sift through the culture of church to find out who Jesus really is and why Christians worship him. The goal of this simple article is to explain who Jesus is according to the Bible, and offer some insight as to why we have committed our lives to him. We hope you find it helpful. God Bless.
Jesus is God
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Jesus is God. He is the son of God, begotten not made is the way the early church described him. He is of the same substance of God, like our children are of the same substance as us. He was not made at creation because to be made is to be something different. Like a sculpture is created by an artist but is not of the same substance.
Jesus is God and has all authority. Matthew 28:18 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. There is no one greater. His divinity empowers every other part of who he is as a Man, a Friend, and Savior.
Jesus is a Person
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus is God in the flesh. Every other god that is worshiped is distant and far away, or the religious philosophy explains away any real existence and life essentially becomes meaningless.
The uniqueness of the Christian faith is that God has come to us and taken on our limitations for our own sake.
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
Jesus came to us in our limitations. This means he was tired, cranky, had moments of doubt, frustrations, joy, happiness, excitement and all that we experience he has experienced. This means that Jesus is not only God but also is a person and understands what it means to be human. He was born next sheep and was raised in a small town. He faced difficulty and persecution. He had great success and a large following because he spoke truth and cared for people. He was wrongly accused and put to death, even though he was innocent.
Jesus is a person and relates to all that we go through in order to help us, to renew our lives, and to save us from sin and death.
Jesus is a Friend
John 14:12-14 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
Jesus is a friend who is interested in us and wants to be a part of our lives in the best possible way.
Jesus is God and a Person. He is also a Friend. A friend is someone we can relate with and spend time getting to know without fear of rejection. Jesus says in John 14 that laying down one’s life for your friends is the greatest act of love. It might seem like a large sacrifice, but love often compels us to sacrifice our wants or desires in order to make someone else’s life better.
Jesus is our friend. He came to serve us and give his life so we might live free from sin and death. He has called those who follow him to do what he has done. To love in such a way that we would be willing to give up our lives for the sake of others.
Jesus is Savior
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Jesus is God, a Person, Friend, and most importantly Savior. He knows what we need, understands how to bring it about, and has the authority, power, and commitment to make it available. He did not hire someone to do this, or create a system to do this, or blame someone because they had failed - he took it on himself because of its great importance.
This is unique to Christianity. Nowhere else does God become a Person, come as a Friend in an unassuming way, and then fight on our behalf so we might live. All of this before anyone really turns to him.
1 John 4:19 says We love because he first loved us.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us.
He has the power to heal, redeem, to set free from sin, to bring joy and hope because he has made the impossible possible out of love for us.
His hope is that all might come to know him, so there is not a condition we have to meet before we accept him. We simply humble ourselves, accept him as Lord and savior, and ask for his help. This is easy to write, and like many things is much more difficult to live. We need a community, the church, to gather around us in order to remind us, to pray for us, to listen to our confessions, and give us courage to continue to walk by faith. For God is able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine in our lives, and in this world.