Who Is Jesus?

Throughout history, mankind has tried to present Jesus as only a man. The revived Gnostic heresies in modern times have tried to persuade the world that Jesus was nothing but a human with a fallen nature. But God’s Word bears witness to the fact that Jesus was more than just a sinless man—He was, in fact, God. The name “Jesus” means “Jehovah Saves,” for He came to “save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). His name is also “Christ,” a title meaning “Anointed” and “Messiah” (Matt. 1:16). His name is called “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us” (Matt. 1:23; Isa. 7:14; 8:8, 10). This is supported by Timothy, who wrote under inspiration: “Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim. 3:16). Jesus was not only called “the Son of Man” (Matt. 12:8, 40) but also “the Son of God” (Matt. 14:33; Mk. 1:1; 15:39), “the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16), and “the Son of the Highest” (Lk. 1:32). God the Father called Jesus “My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). As the Messiah, He also bore the title of “the son of David” and “the son of Abraham” (Matt. 1:1; 9:27). Jesus also is called “Lord,” which is more than just a title of respect, but many times is used in reference to His deity (Acts 9:5; Acts 16:31; Lk. 23:42; Rom. 10:9). When Moses met God in the burning bush, God revealed Himself as “I AM THAT I AM” (Ex. 3:14), the eternal God; Jesus, as eternal God, “was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14). He did not become God, but became man while still being God (Jn. 1:1). This is why He was called “I AM” (Jn. 8:58). As the eternal “I AM” (8:58; Ex. 3:14), “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb. 13:8). “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8). Jesus stated emphatically that He was the “I AM,” the Jehovah of the Old Testament. In addition to declaring, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6), Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (Jn. 6:35, 41, 48, 51); “I am the light of the world” (Jn. 8:12; 9:5); “I am the door” (Jn. 10:7, 9); “I am the good shepherd” (Jn. 10:11, 14); “I am the resurrection, and the life” (Jn. 11:25); “I am the true vine” (Jn. 15:1, 5). These present tense statements, though spoken in the past, are still in effect in the present and will continue to be true in the future. Jesus is “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29). This Lamb is “the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 Jn. 2:2). He said, “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore” (Rev. 1:18). The Lamb is victorious, “for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings” (Rev. 17:14). “And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:16). What will you, today, do with Jesus? When Thomas saw the Savior following the resurrection, he declared, “My Lord and my God” (Jn. 20:28). To those who reject Him, Jesus says, “If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins” (Jn. 8:24). The decision is yours! Who is Jesus to you? Your answer decides your eternal destiny.

— Phil N. Flaming, contributor to Feature: A Daily Bible Study Guide.