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Who is This Jesus?
“. . .the One and Only, who came from the Father full of grace and truth” John 1:14b
Ink wells run dry from all the words written about Jesus. Great scholars and theologians have spent their lives studying, not only the Scriptures, but scores of other ancient writings in the hopes of understanding Him. Still, He is so much more, so much other, than mere words can describe. Thankfully we have the testimonies of those who walked closest to Him, we have His own words, and we have the pronouncement of the God of heaven and earth upon which to study and meditate. That is more than enough for a life-long pursuit. Even then, we’ll barely scratch the surface of who this Jesus really is. I know I can’t do Him justice in a few hundred words, but I write this to whet your appetite to know Him more.
Matthew tells us He is “God with us” – “Immanuel” (Matthew 1:23). This is not a new concept. God was with man in the Garden, in perfect communion until sin entered the picture. He was with the Israelites in a cloud in the desert and in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and later, the Temple. But when Jesus came, He was “God-in-the-flesh with us,” walking among His people, touching them with hands they could feel, speaking words their own ears could hear, eating and drinking and laughing and crying as any other man. Yet He was very much God, performing miracles and speaking with divine authority. If we need any more proof of His God-ness, twice Matthew reports a voice from heaven saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased” (3:17; 17:5). That’s a ringing endorsement if there ever was one.
Mark shows Him to be a King with uncommon power to drive out demons who recognized Him as “the Holy One of God” (1:24), to heal, to raise the dead, to give sight to the blind, to multiply a few loaves and fishes, and to calm the raging sea. He also shows Him to be a King who endured uncommon suffering to rescue His people from the sentence of death.
Dr. Luke shines his spotlight on Jesus as the salvation of all people (2:32). He wrote to give an ordered account of Jesus from reliable eye-witness testimonies. Luke offers the most detailed version of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth, and tradition holds that these were Mary’s own memories. How incredible that we have the testimony of Jesus’ Father, and the recollections of His mother to confirm that this Jesus was fully God and fully man.
From his opening testimony – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (1:1) – John most powerfully reveals Jesus as the Son of God, the One and Only, divine in nature and one with His Father. John records Jesus’ “I AM” statements, a direct connection to God’s own self-revelation (Exodus 3:14), and His declaration: “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father” (14:9). John also devotes half of his gospel to Jesus’ final week, His death, burial, resurrection and post-resurrection appearances. (John 12-21).
Paul said that He is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), and the writer of Hebrews said “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being’ (Hebrews 1:3). Revelation shows Him to be the victorious conqueror over evil.
Many, many people have written many, many words trying to elaborate on these accounts. Popular culture has tried to stretch the story of Jesus far beyond the Scriptures and a great many unbelievers have spilled much ink attempting to discredit and refute His Name. But there is only one place to find the truth about this Jesus. Everything you need to know about Him is recorded in the Bible. He is present in every book from Genesis to Revelation.
We began this devotional by asking the question, “Who is this Jesus?” But Jesus has a question for you: “Who do you say I am? (Matthew 16:15). Is He “God with me?” Is He your King? Can you declare, “He is my salvation!”? Do you recognize Him as the Son of God? If not, I encourage you to take another look at the Jesus of the Bible. He is all this and more—and if you believe in Him and confess His Name, He will be all this for you. Grab your Bible and get to know the one who loves you enough to die for you. His Name is Jesus.
Lord Jesus, if I could mine the depths of all the Bible I still would barely scratch the surface of who You are. I want to know You as deeply and truly as I can this side of heaven—I rejoice in knowing I will have all of eternity to fill in the gaps. Amen.
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