Who is Jesus? This question was asked of us in my Life of Christ class last night. Of course people shouted, “He’s the great I am,” “He’s King of Kings,” “He’s everlasting,” “He’s a healer,” etc. But then the professor asked, why won’t we go deeper? Hmmm. He’s right. If we were to introduce Jesus to an unbeliever would we be able to rightfully do it? This piques my interest because we only say what we’ve been taught but this is why we have to study for ourselves. If we met someone new, wouldn’t we ask questions like what’s your last name, where are you from, what school did you attend and what do you do? Yet we don’t give much thought to who Jesus is because we only repeat what has been said to us.
So, I asked myself this question, who is Jesus to you?
Well, Jesus is the Son of God, born to fleshly parents Mary and Joseph in Nazareth. He is a Palestinian Jew, the son of a carpenter which means carpentry ran in the family. He lived in times when food and water was scarce. He probably worked with His fleshly daddy until it was time for Him to work for His Spiritual father. He was anointed by God from birth and began teaching in the temple at the age of 12 yet He was rejected by His hometown. By the power of God; He was able to heal, give sight to the blind, cast out demons, make the dead live again but He wasn’t called doctor. He was able to sanctify a set of men He called disciples, teach in parables and preach to a multitude of folk without a pulpit although He wasn’t called a preacher. He fed an abundance of folk yet He wasn’t called a chef. He was able to tell the future but He wasn’t a fortune-teller. He was betrayed even though He trusted in folk. He was placed on trial and found guilty even though He hadn’t committed a crime. He was unjustly beaten and crucified on an old rugged cross so that we might live and now call Him Savior. He was buried for man’s pleasure but He was resurrected so that we might praise Him and He ascended to Heaven so that we could always have access to Him. And now we can call Him Everlasting, Master, Savior, Redeemer, Giver and Taker of Life and our Sacrifice.
I could go on but I won’t for the sake of your reading time but let me ask you this, “Who is Jesus to you?”
“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” – Hebrews 1:3