Having knowledge about Jesus and believing it definitely does not make a person a Christian. To become a true Christian, we need to confess our sins and accept Him as our personal Savior and Redeemer. However, we still want to learn more about our Lord. Perhaps it may strengthen our practical knowledge in our walk with Him.
“What do you think about the Christ?” (Matthew 22:42) is the great question, a question the Lord is asking us for self-evaluation and an answer. The reason this question is of such importance is due to the fact that Christianity is not a book of laws or a moral system, nor a system of religious belief, however it is founded on one person, Jesus Christ. Should our conception about Christ be unclear, it would be difficult to grasp the clarity of the various biblical teachings.
Jesus is not one of the Great Ones on this earth. He stands alone and exalted above every earthly measure. He taught as no other has taught. He lived as no other has ever lived. He died as no other has ever died. Never has mankind had a Savior such as Him. His character was undefiled, His teachings without a flaw, and His life without a mistake. He was a perfect person, indeed even more: He was God in the flesh. He is the Word, everlasting Life, and the Light of the world. There have been many great men in this world, but Jesus is greater than all of them. Christ stands beyond the boundary of every human evaluation.
Christ is God. But He became man in order to accomplish the work of salvation. He is “God…manifested in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16). Throughout the past centuries, there have been many arguments and discussions regarding this doctrine of the Bible. Is He really God? Was He man? Was He both man and God? Yes, He was the humbled God and highly exalted man – God and man.
He was born of a virgin. Isaiah had prophesied: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Thus, Mary became His mother and God His father, and so Christ became the link between God and man.
In the Bible, we find many verses attaching names to Jesus which make a clear reference to His divinity. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (Revelation 22:13). He is often referred to as God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, and other similar names.
Every characteristic that God the Father possesses is also held by God the Son.
Jesus is omnipotent: “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3).
He is omniscient: “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).
He is everlasting: “before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58).
He is unchanging: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
He is omnipresent: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
We can rightly summarize these characteristics together with the scripture we read in Colossians 2:9: “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
Furthermore, there are things that only God can do. These very same things are also reported about Jesus, which again proves that He is God. The Bible credits the following to Him:
- Creation (John 1:2,3)
- Preservation (Hebrews 1:3)
- Forgiveness of sins (Mark 2:5-10)
- All judgment (John 5:22)
- Giving eternal life (John 10:28)
All prophecies have been fulfilled in Christ. All role models of the Mosaic Law have been fulfilled by Him. All His works and miracles could not have been performed by anyone else. There is only one explanation for His unmatched life and His unique character – He is God! He was without sin; He was absolutely perfect and holy. Where did Jesus have such knowledge, holiness, such authority from? How did He become the Savior?
“You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve” was the godly command (Matthew 4:10). Jesus accepted the fact that people prayed to Him. In fact, God said: “Let all the angels of God worship Him” (Hebrews 1:6).
Nevertheless, all this is then outdone by His death and resurrection. There is no deception and deceit to be found here, for this great event did not take place in secret. He was not playing dead. His body did not decay into dust and ashes. No, Christ died, arose from the dead, then left His grave and went back to His Father in Heaven.
The death of Christ is one of the most magnificent and uplifting facts of the entire Gospel. We are not saved by His example of life, not by His marvelous words, not even through His obedience are we saved, but only through His death on the cross. “We were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Romans 5:10). Christ died for our sins so that we would be reconciled and therefore would not have to die in our sin.
Jesus was wounded for my transgressions; He was bruised for my iniquities. The chastisement was upon Him, that I may have peace, and by His stripes I am healed. Dear sinner, do you not want to yield yourself to Him? Dear brother and sister, do you have the desire to love Him and serve Him even more than before?
This is my wonderful Savior, a Savior where divinity and humanity meet, and a Savior who lives, even though He died! He is definitely the Savior and Redeemer of the entire world. “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).