The crux on which our life begins or ends in lies in one person: Jesus Christ. Who is this Jesus that is written about in the Bible? Why do I need to know about Him?
According to Flavius Josephus, a famous Jewish historian, in his Antiquities he refers to James, “The brother of Jesus, who was called Christ.” One particular version reads, “At this time there was a wise man named Jesus. His conduct was good and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. But those who became his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive; accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah, concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.” Josephus was not a believer in Jesus as Savior of the world, but he does help support the truth of Jesus actually being here on earth and confirming passages in the Bible pertaining to Him.
Who is Jesus according to the Bible?
- He has always existed, having no beginning; John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”
- He was fully man: 1 John 1:1, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes ,which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life”; John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
- He is fully God: Titus 2:13, “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our God and Savior Jesus Christ “; Matthew 28: 18, “And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given in heaven and on earth.”
- Jesus is the Son of God, one part of the Triune God: 2 Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen,,” Matthew 3:16-17″ As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.'”
- Jesus is the only way to be saved from our sins and be guaranteed a place in Heaven: John 14:6, “Jesus said to him [Thomas], ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” , Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
We now have an overview of who the Bible claims Jesus to be. It is difficult to deny that He did some wonderful acts while He was here on earth by healing the sick, raising the dead, and teaching us about the kingdom of God. If we are honest with ourselves, hearing someone declaring themselves to be God can be disarming. It would be didfficult to label Jesus just a good teacher for He on many occasions in the Bible referred to Himself as God. That would either make Him a liar, or just plain crazy!
I would challenge you dear one to search out these verses for yourself. Your very life depends on who you think Jesus is. In the words of C.S. Lewis in regards to the person of Jesus in his book “Mere Christianity”, “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Please continue onto my next blog post on “Salvation: God’s Incredible gift.” Thank you again for taking time out of your busy lives to dive deeper into the truths in God’s Word and to learn more about the Lord we serve, Jesus Christ.