WHO IS JESUS
A great theologian had written volumes upon volumes of commentaries and other highly-academic work about the nature of God. In an interview with a reporter, this theologian was asked to summarize his understanding of God in just a sentence or two. He replied, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
The question “Who is Jesus?” is both simple and profound. Great scholarly works have sought the answer, but so have little children’s songs. The answer one gives this question carries eternal significance. For Christians, our basic starting point in trying to understand who Jesus is would be a three-fold affirmation. Jesus is: (1) God’s Son; (2) Our Savior; and (3) Lord of all.
When we say Jesus is God’s Son, we affirm that, he is uniquely fully God and fully man. He is God made flesh, the Son of God the Father, born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus is God-with-Us. As a human being, Jesus was born, grew, learned, worked, prayed, cried, got hungry and thirsty, had friends and enemies, and experienced all the emotions we do. He experienced temptation, but did not sin. As God, he understood perfectly the Father’s intentions for us, and taught us how to live the way God intends for us. He manifested healing, hope, faith, right-living, and love.
When we say Jesus is our Savior, we affirm that, by his perfect obedience, death on the Cross and Resurrection, he has saved us from our sins, and saves us from the guilt and punishment our sins deserve. As the God-Man, Jesus is uniquely qualified to reconcile a sinful humanity to a holy God. We are powerless to accomplish this on our own, no matter how hard we try to be good people, no matter how many good works we may perform. The offering of himself Jesus made on the Cross is the perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world – redeeming us from all sin. No other sacrifice is required as a pre-condition of salvation. We are saved only by placing our faith in what Jesus Christ has done for us on the Cross, and in the victory over all enemies exemplified by his Resurrection.
When we say Jesus is Lord, we affirm that every aspect of our lives must be governed in accordance with his will, as expressed in his teachings, recorded in the Bible. When we bring our thoughts, motives, words and actions into line with his will, we find life more fulfilling, having a deeper sense of purpose and meaning.
Hopefully, this admittedly brief description of who Jesus is has answered some of your questions. Now, we have some questions for you. Do you have this faith? Have you recognized Jesus as God’s Son? Do you know him as your Savior? Are you following him as your Lord? If yes, great! If no, why not take the time now to place your faith in him. It does not need to be anything complicated, just pray something like this:
“Dear Jesus, I humbly acknowledge you as God’s Son, and confess that I have not always lived the way you want me to, or followed your teachings. I have been a sinner. I need forgiveness and ask that you would come into my life as my Savior, saving me from the guilt, power and even the presence of my sin. I believe your death and Resurrection were for me. I place my faith in you and claim you as my Lord. By your grace, I will follow you every day of my life. Amen.”