One name that will forever remain on the minds, lips and in the hearts of men from generations to generations is the name, Jesus Christ. Biblical accounts reveal His divine nature, earthly life and departure from Earth. Yet, there still remains much to know about Jesus particularly in line with His coming to Earth and relation with man. In this week’s post, we will attempt to briefly talk (i.e.scratch the surface) about who Jesus is and what he means to the world.
Jesus is the Son of God
The sonship of Jesus is one that many have struggled to comprehend. Unfortunately, many who do not belong to the faith dwell on this and continue to remain in darkness refusing to accept Jesus as the Son of God. However, the Bible is clear in pointing out the sonship of Jesus.
First, the Bible points out Jesus’ virgin birth, which means His conception was not of a coupling intercourse between a man and woman (Matthew 1:23). Jesus is the word made flesh to dwell amongst men (John 1:1-4). This was God’s intent of representing Himself on Earth in fulfilling prophecy. Jesus said, ‘whoever has seen me has seen the Father’ (John 14:19).
Second, the Father Himself acknowledges Jesus as Son. In Matthew 3:17, the Bible says, “And a voice from Heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” This attestation did not come from man but from God and is credible to the letter.
Third, in John 3:16, Jesus is mentioned as the one and only Son of God. Other versions use the phrase ‘only begotten‘. The point is clear in this text which says that Jesus is the son of God. There are other instances in scripture that talk about the Sonship of Jesus but as stated above this is just a scratch on the surface.
Jesus is the Saviour of the world
God loves mankind and all of His creation (i.e. the world). This great love is demonstrated in that whiles we were depraved He sent His Son (Jesus) to die for our sins. Saving the world from eternal destruction is God’s ultimate plan and to do this He sent Jesus. In the Old Testament, the blood of bulls, goats, pigeons and other animal sacrifices were offered for the cleansing of sins. These practices covered the sins of the people. For without the shedding of blood there was no remission of sins.
However, in God’s eternal purpose, sin is to be taken away or removed not covered. This is where Jesus comes in (Romans 3:25). Jesus is the Messiah– the one to save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). John the Baptist did not mince words when he said, “This is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
Jesus is the only person sent by God to take away the sins of the people and the sin of the world (Acts 4:12). Without contestation, Jesus executed this mission by living a sinless life, taking upon Himself the sin of the world and nailing it to the cross. He died to save you and me from sin, and from eternal damnation.
Now, we who were once living nonentities are counted as children of God. No longer slaves but heirs and joint heirs with Christ. We have been translated from darkness and placed into the marvellous light of the Son. Indeed, Jesus is the only saviour of the world and this mystery was made evident by the finished work on the cross.
Jesus is the resurrection and the life
In John 11:25, Jesus tells Martha, “… I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”. Of course, Martha thought Jesus was referring to Lazarus who was dead at the time. Actually, Jesus meant He (the one who stood before Martha) was the resurrection and the life. Waooow! Make time to read John 11.
One mystical truth about Jesus is that He overcame death by resurrecting to life. During His ministry, He said that He has the power to lay down His life and pick it up again (John 10:17-18). At one point, He said this proverbially using the Holy Temple as an illustration- “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days (John 2: 19).
The point here is that Jesus has power over death, He defeated and made a public spectacle of death when He rose from death. Again, this is an assurance of the message of salvation that He came to preach so that all who believe in Him will have life eternal. (Romans 6:8-10, Colossians 2:15). Concerning this life, He said I am the way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). He who has the Son has life, He who does not have the Son does not have life.
Jesus is the soon coming King
Jesus is the soon coming King. His return to Earth will not be as His birth. This time all eyes will see Him and He shall take with Him the saved- righteous ones who will be caught up and have an appearance like Him when He appears (1John 3:2). Take note of these two things about Jesus’ coming. First, no one knows the day or the hour of His coming. The Bible says that even the Son does not know of the day or hour (Matthew 24:36). This should tell you how serious His coming is. Second, His coming is likened to the way a thief comes in at night and like the days of Noah.
All I am saying here is that as believers who hope for the glorious appearance of our Saviour, let’s remain prepared. In the same light, many who do not know Jesus as the Son of God, the Saviour, the resurrection and the life and the soon coming King should have a change of heart and turn to Jesus. For Jesus is seeking to save the lost, to mend the broken hearted, to release the oppressed and to set free all those in captivity. If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36).
Today, if you have not accepted Jesus as your Saviour, this is the time to do so. With the heart, one believes and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. Say, Dear Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner, and for my sins, you died on the cross, I accept you as my Lord and Saviour, come into my heart and write my name in the Lambs book of life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
God bless you.