Who is Jesus?
The questions many ask about God are endless: “Is God real?” “Does He really exist?” and “If He does exist does He have a purpose for my life?” just to name a few.
The Bible may not answer every question about God and may often lead us back to asking more questions, but one of the areas in which the Bible is very clear, is the answer to the question: who is Jesus? C.S Lewis, a well-known Christian author wrote of Jesus, “Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can call him a fool, spit at him, kill him or simply call write Him off as demon possessed, or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Jesus commends the Apostle Peter’s confession of Him as “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16), because Jesus knew that who He is – and could be to us – has the power to change our lives. Jesus is so unique because two worlds collide in him: Heaven and Earth, the Divine and the human.
Yes, His Name is the name above all names, and his star-breathing, storm-calming, miracle-working power is second to none. Yet, He is also the human Jesus, the personal friend who knows what we are going through and cares about us. That’s why the Bible also calls Him “Immanuel”, God with us.
This is how much God loved the world:
He gave his Son so that no one need be
destroyed; by believing in him, anyone
can have a whole and lasting life.
John 3:16 MSG
So does Jesus care about you? Yes he does!
How do we know this?
Often we disqualify ourselves from God’s love because of our history, our failures
and shortcomings. Sin has separated us from God and we can never make up for our
sin by self-improvement or good works. So how can we accept what we have not earned?
The Bible says that nothing in all of creation can separate us from the Love
of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And to accept God’s love is to trust his
patient, forgiving and gracious stance towards us. Only He has the power to free us
from guilt, shame and condemnation to give us a life of wholeness. All we have to do
is turn to Him.
A new beginning...
To be made whole, or to be saved is to submit to God and his plan and purpose for our lives. It is a turning from our old ways and turning to Jesus, to ask him for forgiveness from our sins and to give us new life in Him.
Romans 10:9 says that “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Salvation is God’s free gift to us and we become His children.
It is an irrevocable acceptance into the family of God and it is an empowerment to live life wholly and fully with the purpose of reflecting God to the rest of His creation.
If you are not sure whether you are right with God or you know in fact that you need Jesus in your life, you can choose to follow Him right now by praying a prayer of surrender to Jesus.
Dear Jesus, I’m praying this prayer because I know that I have done wrong by living without you. I am sorry for my sin and ask that you will forgive me. I accept your forgiveness and your love and grace for me and ask that you would be my Lord and Savior. I believe you died for my sins and resurrected on the third day. Please Help me believe in you and love you every day, and help me to show the world what you are like and how great your love is.
In Jesus Name. Amen.
Congratulations! To pray these words with a surrendered heart to Jesus is the beginning of the most important voyage you will ever embark on.
So what now?