Jesus Christ

Our series “Creed: God” continued yesterday with a look at God the Son–Jesus Christ.  No matter what our need or struggle or trial or longing is, the answer is ultimately found in Jesus.

If you’re lonely, He says, “I am with you always.”  If you’re grieving, He says, “I am the resurrection and the life.”  If you’re worn out by life, He says, “Come to Me and I will give you rest.”  If you’re hungry for a fuller, more meaningful life, He says, “I am the bread of life.”  And the list goes on and on.

What we need and long for is Jesus.  He is the second person in the Holy Trinity, which we began exploring last week.  Since Jesus is God, He has the same attributes of God the Father that we’ve already examined.  He is eternal, merciful, loving, just, powerful, infinite, gracious, holy, etc.  But something unique to Jesus is that He is fully human and fully divine.

Colossians 1:15-19 says: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in Him 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.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him.”

John 1:14 reads: “The Word [Jesus] became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

As we see, Jesus is God the Son.  He was there at creation–in fact, He was actively involved in creation!

And what was Jesus’ mission when He came to earth?  He answers this Himself quite concisely in Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”  He lived a perfect, sinless life and died a horrible death in our place, to pay for our sins, to be the One through whom mercy and justice met on the cross.  But to show that He is who He claimed to be, and to prove that He has the power to keep His promises, and to give us a positive hope, He came back from the dead and was seen by hundreds of people!

(Interesting fact: According to the methods that we use to determine what did and did not actually happen in history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most attested to fact in ancient history!  If we claim that there’s not enough evidence for it, we essentially have to toss out everything else we think we know about ancient history.  Click here to read just one of many articles on the subject.)

The response He asks of us?  To trust in Him and follow Him.

Trusting in Jesus and following Him both require that we know Him.  This was important to Jesus.  He even asked His disciples pointedly: “Who do you say that I am?”  We are still faced with this question today.  Some say Jesus was a good man and a good teacher.  Others say He was a prophet.  Still others say that He was a misunderstood rabbi or even a myth.  We say that He is Lord and Savior, because that is what He Himself said.  To claim otherwise requires that we deny what Jesus, His closest followers, and even the Old Testament all said about Him.

We closed the service by gratefully remembering and honoring who Jesus is and what He has done for us, by celebrating communion together.  We recalled His promises to come back and bring us to be with Him, and we celebrated that in the meantime we get to live and love as God’s family and spend each day with Him.

Published in: on September 24, 2007 at 8:40 am  Leave a Comment  

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