Who Is Jesus Christ?
Why would I want to read this article? The title may sound like a silly question. Most people on this planet know, know of, or have heard the name Jesus. But, do you really understand the breadth of who this man from the first century is?
Let me begin with the beginning or I should say, our beginning. The Apostle John said,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.” — Jn 1:1-3
“In the beginning…” Our beginning. The Bible tells us God has no beginning or end. In our beginning there was God and the Word.
Who is the Word?
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.” — Jn 1:14
John tells us the Word became a flesh and blood human who lived in our midst. He was the only son of the Father, God. In Greek philosophy, the concept behind the Word (Logos) is the divine principle that permeates an orderly universe. That which permeates the universe became a human being, a man. The power that created our physical reality and holds it together became a man called Jesus.
Jesus is the only begotten son of God. Have you ever heard violence begets violence? God begets God. John said without Jesus nothing that exists came into existence. Through Jesus our reality came into being. God created and permeates everything you can see, touch, smell, hear, or taste through Jesus.
Why Was Jesus Here?
Jesus was here to rescue us! To save us. Save us from what? Some think he came to save us from the grip of Satan. Not so. Only you can save yourself from Satan. You are in charge, not Satan.
Here is a shocker for you. Jesus came to save us from his Father, God.
What did God tell Adam in the garden? Don’t eat of the tree of knowledge. If you do you will disobey me and you will die. God is the God of order. Simply look at physics and our universe. Everything works together by design. God tells us what the order for our lives should be.
Throughout the Bible every writer gives us information about how God desires that we live. They tell us why and how God designed us.
God breathed his spirit into us to raise us from the dust of the earth and gave us life as we know it. It is the very presence of God within us that makes us tick. God tells us if we attempt to live by our own standards, we are usurping the power of God.
Why would we defy the thing that created our reality and gave us life? I said we are in charge, not Satan. True we are in charge. God not only gave us life, but God also gave us a free will. He put us in charge of ourselves. Jesus Christ oversees the world, but we oversee ourselves. We choose how we live, whether in or out of the will of God.
Why Do We Need Saving from God the Father?
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” — Romans 6:23
Paul tells us again what God told Adam; disobedience brings death. A single act of missing the mark that God set for us to live constitutes sin and therefore the judgement of God of death. Believe me it is impossible for us live a life with not a single sin. God has an orderly designed creation.
So God cannot give us a pass because we are nice guys living a wholesome clean life. How does God fix that? It is not God’s desire that we suffer death. So, God has created himself a dilemma.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
God pronounced death for those who sin not because he hates people who sin. Quite to the contrary. God loves us even when we sin. We do not kick our kids out the house because they disobey the rules. We do not cease to love them because they defied our instructions.
“He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love.” – 1 Jn 4:8
How Does God Solve the Dilemma?
“The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.’ — John 10:10
“…and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant, even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
What is a ransom? The Greek word here for ransom (lutron) meant just that—a payment to release someone from bondage: prisoners of war, slavery, debt. What Is our debt? The wages of sin are death. We put ourselves in debt, in slavery, in prison, in opposition to God. Our debt is death.
Jesus came to pay the ransom; to pay off the debt. Jesus came to give life in place of death.
But guess what, our free will is still honored. If we choose to continue living in our sin, God will honor our decision and give us death. We must choose to accept that which was gifted to us by Jesus Christ.
What is Meant by Life and Death?
We are not talking about life and death in this physical realm. All the living will eventually die, with exceptions, but that is another article. Let us just say you and I will more than likely die. But what is the death spoken of the in the Bible? I will answer by defining life.
Life as dealt with in this article is eternal spiritual life. God created us to live with him forever. But sin is not part of his world. Sin equals death. Death is ending our spiritual life. That is the simple version. You have one way to escape spiritual death. That is through the sacrifice of Jesus.
Jesus died that death for us. God became man in Jesus and the God in Jesus died. God the Father restored life to the dead body of Jesus three days after his death—the resurrection.
How does that apply to you and me? We can receive Jesus’ resurrection even before we die. How? We simply choose life over death. We choose God’s way of life over sin’s way of death. When we make the choice with gravity and knowledge of what is happening, God gives us the eternal spirit called the Holy Spirit which Jesus said “I will send you the Holy Spirit.”
Who is Jesus? He is life!