Who is Jesus?
Jesus has been acclaimed as the greatest religious leader who ever lived, as being the most influential person to have lived on our planet, and as being unique to the degree that no one can be compared to Him.
But considering Jesus Christ merely on the basis of an exemplary life and His superior moral teaching will not remove the stumbling blocks to Christianity raised by an unbelieving world. The rest test of what one thinks of Him must revolve around who He claimed to be and what He accomplished during His bride mission to our planet. Our conclusion must be that there is no Christianity without Christ; all centers in Him.
The predominant theme of the Scriptures is the Person and the work of Jesus Christ. He is God. He became a human being, died by crucifixion, and was buried. He rose again from the dead. He is the only, all-sufficient Savior of the world. He will come again to this earth. Removing this from the Scriptures robs them of all coherent meaning and continuity.
Deity is the only explanation for all that He wad and all that He did.
- He was pre-existent with the Father.
“He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:2-3). (Also see John 17:5 and Colossians 1:17).
- He is the Son of God.
His enemies admitted: “He … said also that God was His own Father, making himself equal with God” (John 5:18).
Peter confessed: “We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:69).
Jesus affirmed: “I am my Father are one” (John 10:30).
- He was sinless, as only God can be.
Jesus challenged His enemies: “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?” (John 8:46).
Peter testified: “… Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth”” (1 Peter 2:21-22).
Paul stated: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- He forgives sin, as only God can.
The Scribes said: “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7).
Jesus said: “But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Matthew 9:6). (Also see John 8:11).
Peter wrote: “He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
- He performed miraculous works.
He healed the sick: Matthew 8:9-13; Luke 4:31-44, 5:12-15; John 4:43-5:16; and other references.
He fed the hungry: John 6; Mark 8, etc.
He raised the dead: Luke 7:11-18; John 11:1-46.
“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” (John 1:14). (See also Philippians 2:7,8).
- His miraculous birth was prophesied 800 years before His coming: “Behold a virgin shall conceived, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
- The prophecy was fulfilled to the letter. “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus” (Luke 1:30-31).
- Jesus demonstrated human characteristics: He became tired (John 4:6). He thirsted (John 19:28), He ate food (Luke 24:40-43), He showed feelings (Mark 6:34), He wept (John 11:35), He knew temptation (Hebrews 4:15), and He died (John 19:30).
He died on the cross. This is the fundamental theme of the Gospel.
- The fact of His death–One-forth of the Gospels are dedicated to His Passion and Resurrection. (a) For this reason, He came into the world (John 12:27). (b) His death was prophesied hundreds of years before He came (Isaiah 53:3-8).
- The meaning of His death: (a) It was a ransom for sin (Matthew 20:28; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 1:18). (b) It was to pay the penalty for sin (Romans 3:24; 1 John 2:2, 4:10). Man is the object of God’s wrath because of rebellion and sin, but God took the initiative in satisfying His wrath by sending His own Son to Calvary. (c) It is a reconciliation. The enmity between us and God has ended (Romans 5:10), and we are restored to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). (d) It is a substitution: He died in our place (1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21). (e) In summary, the matter of sin has been completely dealt with (1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:26; Hebrews 10:12).
- He is resurrected from the dead: This is unique and fundamental to Christianity. The reality of the Resurrection (John 20:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15:4). The credibility of the resurrection: (a) Jesus predicted it: Matthew 13:39-41; Luke 24:1-7. (b) The tomb was empty: John 20:11-13. (c) Many witnesses saw Him alive: the women (Luke 23:55); Mary Magdalene (John 20:1,2,11-18); Peter and the other disciples (John 20:3-9, 19, 20, 24-31, 21:1-14).
- He ascended to His Father (Luke 24:49-53, Acts 1:6-11).
- He is our eternal Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 8:6; 1 John 2:1).
- He is our Savior: “you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). “God exalted Him to His own right hand as Prince and Savior that He might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins” (Acts 5:31). (a) He is the only Savior: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). (b) He is a complete Savior: “Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25). (c) He is a personal Savior: “if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
- He shall return again to this earth (Acts 1:11; Hebrews 10:37; John 14:3).
- Believers in Christ shall be bodily resurrected to begin a new, undying life (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58).
- He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords over His new creation (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 22:3-5).
The entire message of the gospel revolves around the sacrificial death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus bore the burden of sin and its curse on the cross and paved the way for us to accept His free gift of forgiveness, reconciliation, abundance, and life everlasting (Read More).
The Billy Graham Christian Worker’s Handbook (Minneapolis: World Wide Publications, 1984), pp. 152-154.
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