Who Is Jesus? (#252)
Bible version used: KJV
Who is Jesus?
But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
He is God's only son, yet He came from the throne of His Father to the womb of a woman. He became Son of Man that we might become sons of God.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin. He lived in poverty, and was unknown outside of Nazareth. He had neither wealth nor influence.
He laid aside His purple robe for a peasant's gown. He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor. He slept in another's stable; He rode on another's donkey; He was buried in another's grave.
History has never known such as Jesus. In infancy He startled a king; as a boy He stunned the theologians with His knowledge and wisdom, for He was taught of God. In manhood He ruled the elements and quieted the raging sea. He healed without medicine, and fed thousands from a boy's lunch. Even demons obeyed Him and He gave back life to those who were dead.
Yet He suffered and sustained in body and soul the anger of God against the sin of the whole human race. He was despised and rejected of men. Though He was innocent, He was condemned by a civil judge and sentenced to death on a cross.
By His suffering and death, He paid completely for the sins of all who believe and set us free from the certain judgment and eternal condemnation of God that was to fall on us.
Some have given their lives for others and great men have come and gone, yet He lives on. Herod could not kill Him. Satan could not stop Him. Death could not destroy Him. The grave could not hold Him. Having fully satisfied God's perfect justice, He conquered death and rose on the third day as He said He would.
After showing Himself to His disciples, He ascended into heaven. He now sits at the right hand of the throne of God where He pleads our cause to His Father, defends us and keeps us safe from all enemies and pours out His gifts upon His followers.
One day He will return not as a suffering servant but with power and glory to judge the world. Then every knee shall bow to Him and every tongue shall confess His as Lord. His followers will confess His name with joy and confidence, but His enemies in terror will seek to hide from His face.
He is the Perfect One, the only One who can satisfy the soul.
By accepting the Son of God with a believing heart, God grants to us the perfect satisfaction, righteousness and holiness of Christ. To all who are ready to accept and believe Him, God gives these words of promise:
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:12
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
"Heavenly Father, I confess that the only way I can be reconciled to you is through the atoning sacrifice of your only Son, Jesus Christ. I now accept the free gift of everlasting life and put my trust in Christ's complete payment for all my sins. In response to your love toward me, I now make the commitment to turn away from my sins, and to begin a new life of love and obedience to you, with the help ofyour Holy Spirit. This I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen."