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The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

Jesus, Who Is He?

I submit to you that there are only  two answers.   Either He is who the Bible  declares Him  to be; Jehovah God, the eternal Son, Creator of the universe, Messiah  and Saviour who is the theme of the Bible and who was prophesied repeatedly throughout the Old Testament or else He is a charlatan and blasphemer, not worthy of our attention.   

JESUS IS GOD! 

In John 1:1-18 we have some of the clearest statements in all of the Bible of who Jesus is. 

1. He is called The Word.  As our words express us, so The Word expressed God.

2. The Word was with God from the beginning.  1:1-23.

3. In fact, The Word is declared to be God.  1:1 4.

4. The Word is Creator of all things.  1:3, 10 5.

5. In The Word is life, God’s eternal life. 1: 46.

6. The Word is the Light who  illumines those who come to Him.  1: 4-9.

7. The Word  is the Saviour to those who receive Him as God and Saviour. 1:11-128.

8.Though God is a spirit and no man has ever seen Him,  when people saw Jesus,The Word, they saw Almighty God in human flesh. 1:18  If you will read through the Gospel of John with an honest, hungry heart to know the truth about Jesus, you will be convinced, beyond anything I could ever say, that Jesus is the eternal Son of God. 

9. He is co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Though three separate persons, they are together one God.  

Note especially in John 8  the heart-touching story of a blind man healed by Jesus. Note in Jesus’ conversation with the Pharisees the amazing statement He makes about Himself as being the I AM who existed before Abraham and note the fury of those who heard Him. This is the same fury that unbelievers express towards Jesus today.  They hate Him with a vengeance.   

In Philippians 2:5-11 Paul confirms these truths about Jesus and gives us further information about Him.1. He is equal with God in majesty and  in every attribute.  Philippians 2:62. Jesus willingly submitted Himself as a Son  to His Father when He left the glories of Heaven to come down to this earth to die for our sins.   2:6-83. God the Father, raised His Son from the dead and has made Him Lord of all His creation. One day every knee will bow to Him. 

In Colossians 1 & 2  Paul gives us further information about Jesus. 1.  Paul says in  1:15 that if you want to know exactly what the invisible God is like, look at Jesus.  When you see Jesus,  you have seen the Father.  Jesus said the same thing in John 14:92. When Paul declares in Colossians 1:15 that Jesus is the  first born of every creature, he is not teaching us that Jesus had a beginning and was born in Bethlehem.  Yes, His human body was born in Bethlehem, but The Son of God,  the Second Person of the Trinity, was never born.  He has existed eternally with the Father and will continue to exist forever.   

In Old Testament times,  He existed as Jehovah.  The name Jehovah is used to speak of God as He deals with His own. Wherever you read about Jehovah in the Old Testament, you are reading about the pre-incarnate Son of God.   In the Greek, the word translated firstborn in verse 15 is the word prototokos.  The word does not mean that Jesus was the first to be born, for the eternal Son of God never was born.  Rather, it means that He is the beginning, the cause of all creation.   Verse 16 explains verse 15.  “For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him and by Him all things consist or hold together.  We, as well as everything in this world, are composed of atoms held together supernaturally by the Word of God. 

Colossians 2:9-10  boldly states that in Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead in a body.  In that passage we have the comforting statement that we are complete in Him.   If you have Jesus,  you have everything you need for life and for eternity. John says the same thing in I John 5:11-13.    

In Hebrews 1  the writer of Hebrews teaches some of the same truths of the eternal Son of God. In the first three verses Jesus is described as the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person who holds the universe together by the Word of His power.   Verse 3 also reminds us that this same eternal Son of God, as the man Jesus, cleansed us from our sins through His death on the cross and His resurrection and return back to Heaven where He sits today at the right hand of the Majesty on high where according to Hebrews 7:25, He intercedes for us.  

Hebrews 1 continues  to teach us in verse 5  that all the angels are commanded to worship the Son, the baby Jesus whose tiny body was born in a stable.  In that sense He was begotten of the Father and born of the virgin Mary.   But Hebrews 1:8 goes on to teach us that this baby who had a beginning in Bethlehem, is the eternal Son of God.  In verse 10 of that chapter,  He confirms that this same Jesus is the creator of the world. 

In Revelation 1 we are given John’s vision of Jesus as the Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Jesus is our salvation and He is our life from A-Z.  Verses 7-8 tell us that this Jesus who was pierced and crucified on a cross for our sins, has always existed, He came to this earth, and He is returning again one day to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Continue reading through this first chapter of Revelation and see the majesty of Jesus Christ. In verse 18  Jesus states that He LIVES, WAS DEAD, and IS ALIVE FOR EVERMORE.  He has the keys to life and death, Heaven and Hell.  To trust Him is to be saved and Heaven-bound.  To reject Him is to be lost and Hell-bound.  

WHY DO SINNERS HAVE TO GO TO HELL?

God is preparing a Lake of Fire and Brimstone into which one day Satan and his demons will be cast to burn forever. Revelation 20:10 Those who reject Christ’s salvation will also spend eternity in that awful place. Revelation 20:11-15  People go to hell; not only for their sins; but for rejecting God’s salvation offered in Jesus.  Jesus died that horrible death on the cross because He was taking the death that we should have endured in Hell forever because of our sins.  Hebrews 10 shows why Jesus had to come and die for our sins. In that chapter, the writer reminds us that  the Old Testament sacrifice of animals did not change hearts; they only covered sins temporarily from year to year.  It took the death of One, no less than God Himself in a human body, to cleanse us from sin and make us fit for Heaven. 

JESUS’  EXECUTION vs EXECUTIONS TODAY

Today in America when a murderer is executed for his crime,  his death occurs in a quiet, peaceful death chamber.  He is given a sedative and  experiences death quite painlessly and peacefully.  When Jesus died, He who had never sinned but only loved others, experienced  the worst that evil men  could give Him. Not only did they crucify Him, but they relished every minute of it, mocking Him, bashing Him in the face with their fists and spitting at Him,  mercilessly  flogging Him to the point of death and then nailing Him to a cross and watching Him slowly die of asphyxiation as He strained on His nailed feet to lift His body  for another gulp of air. 

Not only did He suffer physical torment, but He suffered the loss of  fellowship with His Heavenly Father as God turned His back on Him and forsook Him  as He took the banishment that we should have endured in Hell.  He cried out,  “My God, My God,  Why has Thou forsaken Me.?”  He took that punishment that we who trust Him might never know that awful experience of being forsaken by God. 

 IT WAS FOR YOU!

Thank God, because He loved us and was willing to experience death in our place,  we who trust Jesus as Saviour can immediately and eternally be delivered from God’s wrath and judgement for sin.  II Corinthians 5:21 make is so simple.  “He  (Jesus) who knew no sin was made sin for us ( on the cross ) (that through trusting Him)  we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”  What wonderful, good news!  This is the Gospel!   Christ died and rose again for my sins and your sins. I Corinthians 15:1-4   I have received that Gift.  Have you?  I challenge you to receive Him now and confess Him openly to others.  He died publicly, bearing the shame of your sins.  Will you right now publicly confess Him as your Saviour before others?  Romans 10:9-13 If you live in the Albuquerque area, I invite you to come and let us know you are trusting Christ.  If you live elsewhere, seek out a church where the Bible is clearly preached and  take a public stand for Christ this week. 

YOU CAN’T BE NEUTRAL

You had better get serious about Jesus.  You cannot be neutral about Him.  You either receive Him as your Saviour and Lord,  or you reject Him and face the eternal consequences.   One day Jesus, who experienced the worst travesty of human justice  will sit on His throne to judge those who have rejected Him.   Read again about that coming Judgment day in Revelation 6:12-17 and 20:11-15. Why does Jesus death matter to you?  Because you must either receive Him now in this Day of Grace  as Paul warned in II Corinthians 6:2   or you must face His wrath and judgment at a later date that has already been set. Acts 17:31  That date is already circled on God’s calendar. It is inescapable. Romans 2:1-16  It matters eternally what you do with Jesus now. 

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May 30, 2006 - Posted by | Jesus

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