Jesus Christ Is…

The Word of Life (John 1:1-14)

Jesus Christ's unique, absolute deity is a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith. Those who deny His deity have the spirit of antichrist (1 Jn. 4:1-4) and are living without a Savior. Regardless of whether a person belongs to a bizarre cult or is a member of a mainstream denomination, if he denies that Jesus is "God … manifest in the flesh," then he is not a child of God (1 Tim. 3:16). The Bible is absolutely clear in Its declaration of Christ's deity: "In the beginning was the Word (Jesus Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (v. 1). That same "Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us" (v. 14). Jesus Christ, the Word, was One with the Father in all creation (vv. 1-3). In Him is perfect, eternal life (v. 4)! Salvation cannot be found in any religion or in any person other than in our Lord Jesus Christ.
To His disciples, Jesus said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (Jn. 14:9b). To the doubters of His day, Jesus said, "I and my Father are one" (Jn. 10:30). Jesus was not just claiming to agree with the Father in purpose or ministry, as some heretics propose today. No, He was claiming to be God-and the Jews who realized what He was saying intended to stone Him to death for blasphemy (Jn. 10:31-33).

Jesus said, "For if ye believe not that I am He (God), ye shall die in your sins" (Jn. 8:24b). No one can have eternal life unless he believes that Jesus is the Word of Life, that He is God. First John 5:7 declares that "the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost … these three are one." The absolute, eternal deity of the Son of God is a fundamental doctrine that man must believe and believers must proclaim.

The Water of Life (John 4:1-15)

The woman at the well in Samaria would not have known of the Water of Life unless Jesus Christ had spoken to her about her need and how she could fulfill it (vv. 13, 14). We must likewise be ready to witness to those we meet. We cannot always discern from outward appearances when there might be a thirsty soul who seemingly is content with life but inwardly is longing for that Water of Life who alone can bring eternal sanctification. Notice in the remining verses of John chapter four that Christ's witness to just one woman resulted in many others believing on Him (vv. 28-29, 39). Those who experience the satisfaction of the Water of Life should desire to share it with other thirsty souls. How selfish we are if we fail to witness to others when God provides an open door. The Lord promises to bless the Seed when we sow it in faith.
Jesus was physically exhausted from His travels (v. 6), and He easily could have used His weariness as an excuse for not speaking to this woman. But notice that when His disciples returned from their journey to the city to buy food, they discovered that Jesus was already refreshed and they thought that perhaps someone had given Him something to eat. Christ explained to them a valuable truth that is so important for every believer today to understand-true satisfaction (physical and spiritual) results from doing the work of God. In fact, this satisfaction defies natural explanation (vv. 31-34). 

Christ our Savior is the Water of Life. Many thirsty souls surround us every day, though most of them try to appear self-satisfied and unconcerned. We must fervently entreat others to come also and "take the water of life freely" (Rev. 22:17).

The Bread of Life (John 6:27-51)

Our Lord warned about the danger of laboring only for temporary, physical sustenance and neglecting that which is spiritual and everlasting (v. 27). The Jews to whom Jesus was speaking knew about the bread from heaven (manna) that God miraculously had provided to meet the phyical needs of their forefathers in the wilderness. But here in their midst stood Jesus Christ, the true Bread of Heaven, teaching them eternal truths, yet most of them could only ask insulting questions. They refused to believe in Christ and thus enjoy the spiritual Bread which satisfies completely and eternally. This Bread of Life was, and still is, a gift. While men must labor for that which is temporary, eternal life is free. What a contrast!

Christ's message was not complex: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life" (vv. 47, 48). The Gospel of Christ is simple yet powerful; it will save any one and every one who believes (Rom. 1:16). The Bible explicitly states that satanically-inspired opposition to this Gospel will always exist. Yet, there is no need to soften God's Message, sugar coat It, disguise It or embellish It in an attempt to lessen Its offence. Paul did not try to alter the Gospel in order to appease the Jews or the Greeks (1 Cor. 1:18-25). Jesus Christ, the Bread from Heaven, can be, wants to be and will be the Savior and satisfaction of all who come to Him (v. 37). We have good news to proclaim! If Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, has satisfied your soul, then share Him with others. Along with the psalmist David, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so" (Psa. 107:2).

The Light of Life (John 8:12-20)

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world" (v. 12). Such a statement infuriated the Pharisees because they did not believe Jesus possessed the authority to make such a claim. But Jesus made it clear that God the Father "beareth witness" that He was and is, indeed, the "Light of the world" (v. 18). Those who follow Jesus Christ will have the Light of Life. This evil world, steeped in darkness, desperately needs that Light. Jesus spoke to the heart of man's problem when He said that men reject Him as the Light because their deeds are evil (Jn. 3:19).  If they were to come to Him, then His light would fully expose their evil deeds. Those who refuse the Light actually hate that Light (Jn. 3:18-20), so we should not be surprised when we experience the scorn of those who deny Jesus Christ as the only true Light of the world.

The apostate ecumenical leaders of our day love to talk about their openness to the possibility of finding additional light in other religions, yet they refuse to follow and obey Jesus Christ, Who is the only true Light of Life. Instead, they dialogue with Catholics, Orthodox, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and others and have the mistaken and dangerous belief that each of these groups has at least some light to contribute to the search for more light. But all who refuse to follow the Christ of the Bible have "no light" in them (Isa. 8:20). Jesus Christ is the Living Word and the Light of Life. The Bible is God's written Word, the Word of Life. It was the Living Word Who gave to us the Written Word, and the two are in perfect agreement. How wonderful it is to know that we have a lamp for our feet and a Light for our path (Psa. 119:105).

— M. H. Reynolds Jr. Adapted from Feature: A Daily Bible Study Guide.