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Who Is Jesus?

By: Brooks Wilson
Senior Minister

What can we say about Jesus, a figure so large that history’s timeline was split by his birth? We could describe him as a prophet, priest and king. We could describe him as the way, the truth and the life. He was compared to light, living water and even bread. Theologians describe him as fully man and fully God. Historians describe him as a miracle worker or revolutionary. There are more angles to this Jesus than can be adequately explored in a few words. But while we can’t exhaustively describe him, let’s at least introduce him with these few key descriptions:

Jesus is the Ruler of the World.

From the beginning of all things, Jesus was involved in the shaping of everything that we see and can’t see. Paul would put it this way, “For in him (Jesus) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him (Colossians 1:16).”

Because creation rebelled against God’s gracious rule, Jesus paid the ultimate price and gave his life to restore all creation. But even death could not exercise authority over him. Therefore, Jesus in his resurrection demonstrates that he was and is and will be the King over all creation. “All authority in heaven and on earth,” he said in his great commission, “has been given to me (Matthew 28:18).”

He is currently establishing his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven and invites us to join him in his work. As we pray and act for social justice, care for those in the margins, steward creation, and walk humbly with our God, Christ leads his church through the presence and work of the Holy Spirit until the day he comes again to set all things right. He truly is the “ruler of the kings of the earth (Revelation 1:5)!”

For more about this description, check out these bible passages: Matthew 12:15-21Luke 1:30-33Ephesians 6:10Colossians 1:15-20Revelation 19:11-16

Jesus is the Savior of Sinners.

His very name gives insight into his great purpose. Jesus means “the Lord saves.”

Every person born into this broken world has rebelled against God. Each person has turned to their own way instead of living under the compassionate reign of the King. So, everyone stands in need of a savior – someone who can understand our plight, heal our brokenness, forgive our sins and lead us back into a restored relationship with God, with each other, with ourselves and all creation. Jesus is uniquely that Savior.

One of the earliest hymns of the church paints this picture of Jesus “who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:6-11).”

Because Jesus has the power and desire to save people caught in sin and rebellion, he freely offers forgiveness and grace. He also provides his Holy Spirit, who empowers his followers to live full, abundant lives under God’s blessing. Anyone, regardless of their past decisions, can respond to the invitation of Jesus and find a renewed relationship with God.

For more about this description, check out these bible passages: Luke 19:10John 10:10John 14:1-7Acts 4:12Romans 3:21-261 Corinthians 15:3-11Hebrews 7:25

Jesus is a Lover of People.

The good news for each of us begins with this: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).” Jesus loves people, all people. No matter how far someone has strayed from him, he still looks upon them with compassion. His ministry was marked by healing and teaching, forgiveness and good news.

Jesus told his closest followers "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love (John 15:9).” He would go on to describe the depths of his love by stating “greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13).” Jesus laid down his life not only for our sins, but also for “the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).” His love is unfathomable. It surpasses every expectation and sees past every mistake. Nothing in all creation can separate us from his love. If we embrace him, he will begin restoring us to wholeness and repairing our relationships with others. He will keep at this loving work until we are complete in his loving presence for eternity without end.

For more about this description, check out these bible passages: Matthew 9:36Romans 8:38-392 Corinthians 8:9Colossians 1: 21-231 John 3:161 John 4:7-12

So, these descriptions offer a glimpse into the living one, Jesus Christ. But he can only truly be known within a relationship. So, if you have not entered into a relationship with Jesus, please join us for a worship gathering and talk with a prayer team member or contact one of our staff ministers. We would love nothing more than to introduce you to Jesus and to guide you into a Christ-following family.

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