What Do We Know About Jesus?
The Bible accurately teaches that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. (Acts 8:37) At His baptism God acknowledged Him as His Son. "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17) This was also the case on the mountain where Jesus was transfigured and spoke with Moses and Elijah. "While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." (Matthew 17:5) Peter was correct when he confessed, "We believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." (John 6:69)
Let us be convinced from scripture that Jesus is the Son of God. There can be no doubt that Jesus lived, died and was resurrected exactly as the Bible says. The Bible reveals many facts about Jesus that should cause us to love and appreciate Him. Jesus was in the beginning with God. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1) He came to earth to make our salvation possible. "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." (John 6:38)
We know that Jesus is eternal. The prophet Micah foretold that Jesus would be born at Bethlehem Ephratah. In that same verse he said that His, "goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." (Micah 5:2) God, referred to His eternal nature when He said, "I AM THAT I AM." (Exodus 3:14) Jesus made a similar statement concerning Himself in John 8:57-59. "Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:57-58) The Hebrew writer wrote, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8) The Father said to the Son, "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom." (Hebrews 1:8)
We know that Jesus is God. In the Bible Jesus is called God. Jesus was asked, "Which is the first commandment of all?" He quoted from Deuteronomy 6:4-5 to answer their question. He said, "The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." In John 1:1 the Bible says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Jesus is the one that was called "the Word." Thomas called Jesus "my Lord and my God." (John 20:28) In Titus 2:13 Paul referred to Jesus as "the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." Both the Father, Jehovah, and the Son, Jesus, have the same nature of divinity, the nature of God.
We know that Jesus is the way to Heaven; He is also the truth and the life. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) Jesus is the only way of salvation because He is the only that can be our sin sacrifice. (Hebrews 2:9) Salvation is available only through Jesus Christ. Peter said, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) This is true because salvation is only by the blood of Jesus. "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption." (Hebrews 9:12) Jesus is also "the truth." He is the substance of all Old Testament types and shadows. The doctrine of Christ and the doctrine taught by Christ and His apostles is true doctrine. In addition Jesus is "the life." He is the life because we are alive with God through Christ. "Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:11) Jesus is the only "way of life."
We know that Jesus is the Lamb of God. John pointed people to Jesus saying, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29) It is by the precious blood of the Lamb of God that we are saved. (1 Peter 1:18-19) When Jesus is called the Lamb of God it is in reference to His being the faultless and ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world. The sacrificial system established by God in the Old Testament set the stage for the coming of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God. "And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!" (John 1:36) Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. By Him God provided atonement for the sins of the people. There was nothing greater ever seen than that God Himself should provide the Lamb, His only begotten Son, to die for our sins.
We know that Jesus is the Prince of peace. Isaiah wrote, "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6) "We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1) Jesus took upon Himself the punishment for our sins so we might receive peace from God. In Peter's second sermon He said, "But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses." (Acts 3:14-15.) With the coming of Jesus Christ the way was opened for the restoration of the lost peace among humankind. Outside of Jesus there is no true peace.
We know that Jesus is the only Savior. The gospel is the good News that Christ suffered sin's penalty in man's place. "Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you -- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." (I Corinthians 15:1-4) The announcement of the angels was true, "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11) Jesus is more than just some religious tradition. He is our Savior. He knows our needs, feels our pain, and sympathizes with our weakness. If we will trust and obey Him He will forgive our sins, intercede for us and bring us to His Father in Heaven. He died for us and rose from the dead to save us from our sins. Because of Jesus man can have hope of eternal life.
We know that Jesus is Lord. Peter said, "The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ -- He is Lord of all." (Acts 10:36) Jesus is "Lord of all." He bore our sins in His body on the tree that He might be Lord of all. "Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness -- by whose stripes you were healed." (I Peter 2:24) He suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous that He might bring us to God. (I Peter 3:18) Because of Christ's death for us, He can now be Lord of all.
We know that Jesus is the good Shepherd of the sheep. Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep." (John 10:11) The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10) Christ came as the good shepherd to give His life for the sheep. Jesus came to put life into His flock. The "flock" is His church. In Christ we have eternal life.
We know that Jesus is the head of His one church. Paul wrote, "And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." (Ephesians 1:22-23) Jesus Christ is above all, and He has authority over all. God made Jesus head over all things including the church. Jesus is, "the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1:18) Jesus is the head of the church. Therefore, we must obey Him in everything that He commands, as members of His One church. If we love God and serve Him faithfully we will be saved from our sins and live in heaven forever. But if we do not obey Him we will suffer eternal punishment in hell. What a wonderful thing that the church can have such a loving and compassionate head, as Jesus the Christ!
We know that Jesus will be our Judge. Acts 10:42 says, "And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead." We are accountable to Jesus Christ as judge. He set forth the terms for salvation and the rules by which we must live. "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him -- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day." (John 12:48) You will stand before Jesus on that great Day of Judgment
The heart and substance of our preaching must be Christ and Him crucified. "We preach Christ crucified." I want to always remember who Jesus is, what He has done for me and what He can mean in my life. To become a Christian you must hear the gospel of Christ (John 6:44-45), believe in Jesus (Hebrews 11:6), repent of sins (2 Peter 3:9), confess Christ before others (Matthew 10:32), and be baptized for remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) What does Jesus mean to you? As for me He is, "My all and in all."
By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA.