Who is Jesus?

This is the most important question of the ages. How you answer this question determines if you have a relationship with God or not. Many have sought to answer this question and unfortunately many have answered it wrong. Even when Jesus was on this earth many Jewish people thought Jesus was only a man, others thought He was someone from the past who was now resurrected, others proposed Elijah, others thought He was one of the other prophets and still others thought He was a deceiver. It was difficult at that time to accept Jesus as the Son of God because of Jewish preconceptions about God, so they tried to come with other solutions. Very few found the correct answer. Even in our day people have the same problem with Jesus. Many people today cannot accept what the Bible says about Jesus, so instead they look for alternate explanations. He was a radical political leader, He was a Jewish revolutionary, He was a great moral teacher, or He was a extreme religious zealot. Some people get a little more devious with their perception of Jesus. Some say He was a liar, or self-deceived, or a lunatic, or even that He was a legend made up by His followers. It seems as though the speculations never end. However, none of these opinions account for Jesus’ perfect sinless life, amazing miracles and bodily resurrection. It is only the account we have in the Bible that is tested and true. In the end, the attempts to explain Jesus away are more far-fetched than to simply believe the truth.

 

What Does the Bible Say?

In a summary statement, the Bible clearly reveals that Jesus is the Christ, the eternal Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity. The Apostle John wrote his Gospel to demonstrate that Jesus was the Christ the Son of God and that believing in Him a person may have eternal life (John 20:30-31). It is of utmost importance to understand that the Bible teaches that Jesus is God. John 1:1, 14 declares: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ. In verse 18 of the same chapter John states: “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” Jesus reveals God to us; He is the One who explains God. Many are attracted to Christ because of His admirable character, His noble martyrdom, or because He was a great moral reformer. While these are good virtues, they are but byproducts of the person who was and is “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). In Romans 9:5 Paul speaks of Jesus as God over all: “Of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God.” In Titus 2:13, we read that we are to be “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” When Thomas saw Jesus after His resurrection, he said to Him: “My Lord and My God.” In the book of Hebrews, the author is quoting the Old Testament in referring to Jesus and he writes in chapter one and in verses 8-9: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You.” In this passage, the Father is seen as talking to His Son and calling Him God. If the Father understood His Son to be God, then if follows that we should understand this truth. In fact when you study the Bible there are over 40 passages that give affirmation that Jesus is in very nature God. If you include all of the implicit and inferential passages that relate to Jesus being God the evidence is overwhelming. Some of these include Him performing miracles, Him forgiving of sins, Him having power over the devil and demons, Him being the judge of humanity, Him possessing all the attributes of deity, Him being spoken of as the Son of God (which is also the same thing as saying He has the nature of God), Him being worshiped, etc. When you understand the the Bible for what is says, it presses upon any logical mind that Jesus is indeed Almighty God. Thus, He is worthy of all praise, worship and adoration.

 

What Does it Mean for Me?

The fact that Jesus is God has a direct application to every person alive. Jesus gets to the crux of the issue in John 8:24: “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am” (there is no He in Greek here). Now to Jewish ears in the first century this would have immediately brought them back to a very familiar story in Exodus 3, when God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. Moses asked God in Exodus 3:13-14: 13 “What is His name? what shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM…Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.” So when Jesus identified Himself as I am He linked that title with the I AM at the burning bush. Later in the dialog in John chapter 8, Jesus reiterates this “I AM” statement down in verse 58, and the Jews wanted to kill Him for it! They knew exactly what Jesus meant. And so in essence, Jesus was saying to them and to us today that unless a person believes that He is one with the Father, very God of very God they will perish in their sins! That is how important this question is. To believe in Jesus as God is a matter of eternal life! Who do you say Jesus is?