Jesus of Nazareth is without-a-doubt the most prolific figure through out all of history. People worship Him, people discuss Him, scholars debate Him, and just about everyone has their opinion of who Jesus in fact is. Though there are many ideas, I want to expand on my own belief of who Jesus truly is, and hopefully open up healthy dialogue with anyone and everyone who is wondering about this Jesus figure.
Before I begin, I would like to make known that I am going to start at the beginning of it all and do my best to give a strong biblical definition of who Jesus really is. I pray that this description, as it comes from scripture, will touch your heart deeply just as it has mine. So here it goes.
Our human nature and condition:
You will notice that in Romans 3:23, Paul states that every single one of us as humans who has ever, and will ever live has fallen short of the glory of God. So what does this mean?Lets take a look back at the beginning, in the book of Genesis. When God first created the universe and all the life on earth including man. We see from scripture that it was very good (Gen. 1: 31). It was very good because it was without sin. When God placed Adam and Eve into the garden, He also placed a certain tree into the garden and told Adam to not eat of it or Adam would in fact die (Gen. 2: 17). We see then in chapter 3 of Genesis, that the serpent deceived Adam and Eve, and they ate of the fruit from the tree that God had told them not to eat from. At that very moment, sin was introduced into the world because Adam and Eve had disobeyed God and that was the first sin.
Now, how does this relate to us? Adam was our Representative for the human race. Since Adam sinned against God, the curse that resulted from the fall has affected everyone from then and until now with a sinful heart, and we are all now sinners by nature, this is known as original sin. (Romans 5)
So, what are the consequences of our sin? The bible tells us in Romans 6: 23 that, “the wages of sin is death…”. If this is true, then what are we to do if we all as sinners will die? This is where God’s answer to our sin problem comes in.
A Messiah to come:
Through out the Old Testament, scripture speaks of a Messiah who will come to redeem the people of God. I just want to mention briefly about this Messiah from a passage in Isaiah 53. This whole chapter describes the chosen one of God to redeem His people, but I would like to share with you just a few verses that really speak to me.
“But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all the fall on Him.” (Isaiah 53: 5-6)
From this passage, you can see that the Messiah will be tortured for His people. This is in direct link with who Jesus of Nazareth is.
Jesus of Nazareth:
So who is Jesus? Jesus is the Messiah that the Old Testament predicted would come. Jesus is the one chosen by God to save His people from the curse of sin that has infected us for so long. Jesus is the answer for salvation that was promised from God. Jesus in the New Testament came to usher in the Kingdom of God and to teach repentance to sinners because of their rebellion against God. It was Jesus Himself who died on the cross to atone for our sins. Jesus died what is called a substitutionary death, in which He took the punishment we deserve on Himself in order to save His people so that we do not have to bare the consequences of sin. Scripture tells us that Jesus was dead in the tomb for three days and then was physically resurrected and appeared to many people at one time (1 Corinthians 15: 1-8). What an awesome God He truly is! It is through Jesus alone that salvation is possible. John 14: 6 states in Jesus’ own words, that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one goes to Father except through Him. Jesus is the only way in which to know God and have a relationship with God. Jesus is our High Priest who stands in our place before God the Father. Just as Adam was our first representative, Jesus is now our new representative who makes us right with God the Father. (Romans 5). I am so thankful for a God who cares for His people that much. Praise be to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, who has once and for all rescued His people from the consequences of sin. Thank you so much! Amen.
What I believe about Jesus:
Jesus Christ is God. ( John 8:58 )
God exists as a triune God. ( Matthew 28:19 )
Jesus is the second person of the trinity. ( Matthew 3: 16-17 )
Jesus has always existed. ( John 1: 1-5 )
Jesus lived the life we should, and died the death we deserve. ( Romans 5: 6-21 )
Jesus was physically resurrected from the dead. ( 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8 )
Salvation is only possible through faith in Jesus. ( John 14:6 )
Jesus will return for His people at the end of the age. ( Revelation 22: 12 )