Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Identity of Jesus

"Who is Jesus?" That's a question that has been asked by countless people throughout the course of history.

It was C.S. Lewis who proposed that Jesus was either (1) a Liar, (2) a Lunatic, or (3) Lord.

There are many different religions in this world and each has their own understanding of who Jesus is. Mormons believe that Jesus is the brother of Lucifer (Satan). Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is a God. Muslims believe that Jesus was an honorable prophet but not the Son of God. But what does the Christian believe about the identity of Jesus?

The Christian believes that Jesus is not the brother of Lucifer: there is nothing in the Bible that would support the idea that He is. The Christian believes that Jesus is not a God (as though He were just one of a few other God's that exist). The Christian also believes that Jesus was an honorable prophet and the Son of God. The New Testament records countless numbers of references to Jesus as the Son of God.

Another basic and important belief that a Christian has about Jesus is that He is God. This comes from a teaching called the doctrine of the Trinity. The Trinity means that the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit are One. The Father is God; Jesus is God; and the Holy Spirit is God. They are not three different Gods: there is only one God made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

In John 5:16, Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath Day (known to all the Jews as a day of rest). In 5:17 Jesus explains that all He was doing was His Father's work. In saying this, Jesus was claiming to be God's Son because He referred to God as His Father. After Jesus said this to the Jews they immediately wanted to stone Him. John 5:18 puts it this way:
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
The Jews wanted to kill Jesus because they thought it was blasphemous for anyone to claim that they were God. However, what the Jews didn't understand and what many don't understand today is that Jesus is the Son of God, He is equal with God, and that He is God.

In John 10:30 Jesus plainly claims, "I and the Father are one." The Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:7 speaks about Jesus "who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God." Back in John 1:1 we read the following: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Who is the Word? Looking at John 1:14 gives us the clear answer: "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." Who is the Word? The Word is none other than Jesus Christ. Who is Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ is God.

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"What about Jesus being called King of kings and Lord of Lords?" one might ask. Well, the statement that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords comes straight from the Bible.

In Revelation 17, the Bible explains that in the last days the armies of the Beast shall make war with "the Lamb." Chapter 17:14 says the following:
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.
The identity of the Lamb is of course Jesus. Remember what John the Baptist said about Jesus in John 1:29? He said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."

In another account found in Revelation 19, a vision is seen on One who rides upon a white horse coming in the clouds to end the final battle on earth. The Bible describes person as One with eyes of flame, many crowns upon His head, a vesture upon Him dipped in blood, and a sword that proceeds out of His mouth. The Bible says in 19:16, "And he hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, 'KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.'" And who is the identity of this person? Verse 13 says, "And His name is called the Word of God." Amen! It's Jesus! Jesus is the One who will return to this world, destroy all wickedness, and set up His kingdom. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords!

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"Do you know Jesus?" I'm not asking, "Do you know about Jesus?" I'm asking, "Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? Have you ever received Jesus into your life as your Savior from sin?" If you haven't, then why not do that right now? Jesus loves you. He died on a cross 2,000 years ago to pay the penalty of your sin as your sacrifice. He was buried and three days later He rose from the dead to prove that His message is true. The Bible says in Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Whosoever includes you!

If you want to receive Jesus as your Savior, you can do so right now. Just simply confess to Him that you are a sinner and that you want His forgiveness. If you decide to do this or have any further questions, please contact Pastor Glenn at realministries@gmail.com or see me in youth group!

Memory Verse for 11/20 - 11/26

"Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him."