Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Who is Jesus Christ?

This is a follow-up to the previous post Make a Decision to Make Decisions. If you haven’t read and answered the questions, go there first. I hesitate to even post today for fear that you will have me answer the question for you. Go! Make your decision!

For those of you that have read the previous post and taken time to answer the questions, let’s dive right in, shall we? Let’s answer the most vital questions we will ever be asked- together!
1.       Who is Jesus Christ?
2.       What will I do with Him?
As I previously stated, we cannot possibly answer the second question until we have carefully answered the first. And once we have answered the first, we have no choice by to address the second.

Who is Jesus Christ? Coming back to this question, knowing now is the time to attempt an answer makes me almost regret asking! What a loaded question! Jesus Christ is so mind-blowing and incomprehensible, there is no possible way I can fully answer it in one post!

There is a story told of St. Augustine walking along the shore of a beach when he sees a young boy digging a hole in the sand with a seashell. The boy proceeds to run back and forth from the ocean to the hole, back and forth, back and forth.  Curious, Augustine questions the boy's behavior, and the boy replies, “I am trying to put that ocean inside this hole.” Now let me say this- I am not attempting to fit the person of Christ into one ten minute reading, because that is simply impossible! Rather, I will take it step by step and see where we end up. Sound good?

The Christ & Savior- Jesus Christ is more accurately called Jesus the Christ (Christ is not His last name, but rather His title). Upon the birth of Jesus, an angel of the Lord announced to a group of shepherds “there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:11). And later, when Jesus questioned His disciples regarding who they thought Him to be, Peter replied “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16). Finally, the apostle John proclaims “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world” (1Jn 4:14).

Son of God- When Jesus walked on water, His astonished disciples came and worshiped Him, saying “Truly You are the Son of God (Matt14:33). God the Father proclaimed regarding Jesus “This is My beloved Son (Matt 3:17, Mk 9:7, Lk 9:35).

Creator- The Apostle John tells us that All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (Jn 1:3). Hebrews also says regarding Jesus “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands” (Heb 1:10). And Paul writes For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him (Col 1:16).

God- We go again to the book of Hebrews which states regarding Jesus “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever” (Heb 1:8). After Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead, he showed himself to over 400 people, including His disciples. Upon inspecting His hands for proof of the nails driven through them, the apostle Thomas proclaimed My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28). And finally, Jesus is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6).

A Man- We’ve covered the Deity of Christ, but let us not forget that he was also fully man. Paul tells us that Jesus made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men (Phil 2:7). We see in the scriptures that Jesus was weary (Jn 4:6), He was thirsty (4:7), He was sad (Jn 11:35), He needed strengthened (Lk 22:43), He was in agony (Lk 22:44) and He was hungry (Lk 24:41); all examples of the humanity of Christ.

I cannot neglect to mention that He is the only way to salvation and heaven (Jn 14:6, Acts 4:12), He is Alive (Lk 24:5-8), He is with us always (Matt 28:20), He is Wonderful (Isa 9:6), Righteous (1 Jn 2:1), and Good (Jn 10:11). Amen!

Just as it would take innumerable lifetimes to fill a hole in the sand with an entire ocean, I could go on and on, but I hope this covers the basics of who Jesus Christ is. Jesus was not simply a baby born in a manger to be remembered once a year. He is not just a good Man, a wonderful Prophet, or a miraculous Healer. Jesus Christ was and is oh so much more! I truly hope you see this! I also hope it encourages you to answer the next question (which I obviously won’t be covering today). What will you do with Him? He is coming, and He is coming soon! Are you ready? What will you do with Him?

'King of Glory' Third Day- You Tube

And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if
they were written one by one, I suppose that even the
world itself could not contain the books
that would be written. Amen

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