Series 1 – Part 2 of 3
(Part 1 HERE)
Who is Jesus?
The first question we answered was: Are we good enough for God? The answer was a resounding “No” from both Scripture (God’s Word written in the Bible) and by process of logic. So from Part 1 [link above] we found out that all human life has a sin issue, and that this sin issue needs to be fixed. So what is the fix? — Jesus.
Who is this Jesus?, was He a good teacher?, a great philosopher of His time?, a good medicine man?
Jesus Christ is the answer to the sin problem. Before God first created humankind, He knew that sentience, personal autonomy, and curiosity of the unknown would eventually get the better of them and sooner or later we would disobey him. The disobedience of Adam and Eve transferred to the world around them, and from then on, all of humanity would be affected by it. What sin did was create a chasm between humankind and God, separating us from Him both physically and spiritually. But, God in His wisdom, and love, and compassion, had mercy on us and devised a way to reconcile us back to Him. Starting in Genesis 3:15 and continuing throughout the Old Testament we see God making a covenant (a forever promise) with us, that one day He would bring about a Savior to destroy sin’s grip on humanity.
Okay that’s nice, but again, who is this Jesus if He is the answer?
God exists as one God, but in three persons. It’s hard to wrap our minds around, but this concept is revealed multiple times in Scripture:
- One God = Exodus 20:3, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10, 1 Timothy 2:5
- Three Persons = Gen 1:26, Gen 3:22-23, Psalms 110:1, Matt 3:16-17, Matt 28:19, John 10:30, 2 Cor 13:14
God is the Father, the Son – Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is God, and has existed for all eternity. But Jesus did something rather odd, something strange and at first glance, illogical by human rational. Jesus, who is God, stepped down from His throne in Heaven and took the form of humankind in order to save humanity from its sin. A King, the greatest King to ever exist, forfeited His glory and power to lovingly, mercifully, serve those creatures that rebelled against Him. It is scandalous, it is weird, but it is True. Throughout human history God has pointed us to the day when He would send a Savior to the world to help us, that Savior is Himself (Isaiah 43:11).
Jesus sacrificed Himself in our place for our sin. Jesus, dying on the cross, paid the debt that our sin required. It is paradoxical, humankind created the circumstances that allowed sin to enter us and this world and it required us to pay a debt to God that we could never afford. God foreknew this, and set in motion events to take place in order to save us from this debt-bondage called sin by way of Jesus. This Jesus, who knew no sin, who could not be controlled by sin, absorbed into Himself every sinful thought, word, and action done by humankind in the past, present, and future, and on the cross took the full-force punishment of God’s wrath on sin to pay the debt we could never repay.
This is mind-blowing! God loved us so much, that while we rebelled against Him and refused to be with Him, He figured out a way to reconcile two very weighty Truths. (1) God is perfectly just, and the consequences of sin must be dealt with for every human being ever born, God’s perfect and just wrath must be paid. (2) God is perfectly good, loving, merciful, and compassionate. He desired to save the same creatures (humans) that caused all of this strife in the first place. But not just save them from the wrath that they owed, but redeem (transform) them to bring them back to Him. In a brilliant display of God’s infinite wisdom and love, He created the rescue plan.
- God’s wrath on sin must be paid in full
- God desires to rescue humankind from its own destruction
God would come down from Heaven and take on human flesh, absorbing the sin of all humankind accumulated in all past/present/future time, and in one single moment in history He would take the punishment of all that sinfulness: God’s full-force and just wrath.
–> God paid the debt that God required <–
It is scandalous, ridiculous, too momentous to succeed, but He did it, and He did it for us out of His great love for us! Yes, even while we in the past, present, or future may reject Him, or curse His name, or even those who stoned Him as He walked to Calvary’s Hill to die on our behalf – He chose to love us: His misfit, rebellious children. (Romans 5:8)
In conclusion, Who is Jesus? Jesus Christ is not a mere man, nor a philosopher, nor a good teacher. He is the only begotten Son of God, both fully Man and fully God, who has fixed the penalty of our (humankind’s) sinful heart issue by His perfect life, death and resurrection. And He freely gives it to all who call on His name (Romans 10:13).
Some people even in today’s time believe that Jesus was not God-in-the-flesh as is revealed in Scripture (John 1:1, 1:14), but just a mere man who was a “good teacher”. While Jesus was fully human, He was also fully God. A “good teacher” would not proclaim that He was equal with God and that He was God:
- John 5:17-18 “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
- John 8:58 “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
- John 10:30-33 “I and My Father are one.”
- Mark 14:61-62 “”Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am“”
- Luke 24:52 “And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy”
- Matthew 14:33 “And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.””
Not only that, but the biggest blow to the argument that “Jesus was just a man” is that if Jesus Christ was just a man, then what Salvation do we have? Mere men have no quality to be worshiped since they themselves have the issue of sin just like the rest of humanity. If Jesus was a mere man, not begotten of God, then He blasphemed the Holy name of the Lord when He said He was equal with God. And if Jesus was a mere man who lied about being God, then we know that the Resurrection was also a lie because mere men cannot die and then raise themselves back up. If there is no Resurrection of Christ, then there is no hope from being able to conquer sin and death and be reconciled back to God, and the whole of Christianity is a lie. If Jesus was a mere man, then we have no Savior, we are still dead in our sins, and all Christians should be pitied and told never to speak of that name again.
It is impossible, illogical, and insane to say that you are a Christian* and to also believe that Jesus was not God-in-the-flesh, but just a man — just a good teacher.
* The true and actual definition of a Christian is: A wholehearted follower/believer in Christ Jesus and His Gospel; believing/trusting that God sent His Son, Jesus, to save mankind from its sins and bring them back to God through His perfect life/death/resurrection.
Luckily for everyone’s sakes, this belief is not true. Jesus was both fully man and fully God, Jesus did conquer sin and death on the cross, Jesus did rise from grave and show multitudes of people His divinity and power, and most importantly – Jesus did save us through His perfect life and perfect death.
For an additional read, I have inserted text below from a book I am currently working on that has more references to Scripture.
NOTE: The following is an excerpt from a book that I am writing, all contained in blockquote format. None of the following may be reproduced in any way:
Who is Jesus? → Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten son1. He is both fully God, and fully man. He was bestowed all the power of God2, and yet humbly took the image of man3. He understood our sins because He Himself lived life as man and was tempted in all the ways man was, but yet knew no sin and was blameless before God4. He celebrated and sang5, He had compassion and mercy6, He wept7, He was thirsty8, He was hungry9, He became grieved10, He became weary11, He felt pain12, and He died13; but He (being God and having power and authority of God) rose to life again on the third day14. God sent His son Jesus to save His children (everyone on earth) from their sins15.
Jesus lived the life that we should have lived and died the death that we should have died, taking in God’s full-force wrath (His complete holy and just payment for our sin), and in doing so, justifying us (making us right) before God once and for all.
(1) John 3:16 (2) Matthew 28:18, Philippians 2:9-11, John 1:1-4, 14 (3) Luke 2:7, Galatians 4:4-5 (4) 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 4:15-16, Matthew 5:17-18, 1 John 3:5 NIV, Romans 8:2-4, Romans 10:3-4, Galatians 5:18, Hebrews 7:26-27 (5) John 2:1-11, Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26 (6) Matthew 9:36, Matthew 14:14, Matthew 15:32, Matthew 20:34, Mark 1:41, Mark 5:19, Mark 6:34, Mark 8:2, Luke 7:13 (7)John 11:35 (8) John 19:28 (9) Matthew 4:2 (10) Mark 8:12 (11) John 4:6 (12) Isaiah 52:14 (13) Matthew 27:50, Mark 15:37, Luke 23:46, John 19:30 (14) Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-19, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1-31 (15) Matthew 1:21, John 10:17-18 NLT, Romans 8:2-4, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 John 1:7
NOTE: The above text is an excerpt from a book that I am writing, all contained in blockquote format. None of the above text may be reproduced in any way.
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