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Thoughts from the Bible 05-10-17

Who is this Jesus we talk about every day?

In a song for young people, “He Is My Everything, He Is My All,” the question is asked, “Who is this Jesus, you talk about everyday?” The answer in the song is that “He Is My Everything.” Since our plea is that you give your life unreservedly to Jesus, let’s take a moment to identify Him.

Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do men say that I the Son of man am. . . Whom say ye that I am?” (Matthew 16:13-15). Peter answered, “¹⁶ And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16). It is so important that we know Jesus and that we know what He should mean to us for our salvation depends upon this certain knowledge. Knowing Christ in this way is tantamount to having eternal life. John 17:3 - “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” It is imperative that we know Christ in order to have life eternal.

The first thing we learn about Jesus is that He is the Son of God in a special or unique way John 3:16, 18 - “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son...” The phrase “only begotten” comes from the Greek monogenes and signifies the only one of its kind, or unique. It’s true that all obedient believers are God’s children, but Jesus is the unique, one of a kind Son of God. God caused him to be born in the flesh as God’s own Son. We are God’s sons by faith (Galatians 3:26) or through adoption (Romans 8:15,16). He was the only begotten of the Father. (John 1:14) - “And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth.” If you reject God’s son, you have rejected God!

Second, Jesus is God’s final spokesman - Hebrews 1:1-2 (KJV) “¹God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, ²Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” Anyone who attempts to by-pass Jesus is a false teacher. There have been many who claimed to be God’s latter day spokesmen, but Jesus brought the once and forever delivered message of God to mankind. No latter day self-designated prophet has the right to change that message delivered so long ago.

Third, Jesus is our mediator. I Timothy 2:5 - “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” There is no reason to believe that Mary or some departed saint can mediate for us. He alone mediates as our high priest between God and the people.

Fourth, Jesus is our Savior. Matthew 1:21 - “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Fifth, Jesus will be our judge. II Corinthians 5:10 - “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done.” I read the story of a lawyer on horseback who saved a young boy with runaway team and wagon. Years later the lawyer became a judge. The young boy, now a man, was in trouble. When he recognized the judge as the person who had rescued him in the long ago, he exclaimed, “Surely you remember me. I was only a boy and you saved me. The judge’s earnest reply was: “I was your savior then, but I am your judge now.” Friends, Christ can be your savior today, but He will be your judge on some tomorrow. So again we are reminded of the question, “Who is this Jesus we talk about every day?”

 


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