When we talk about Jesus, people have different views about Him. Some think that Jesus is only a good teacher. Some think Jesus is only a founder of a particular religion called Christianity. One group of people say that He is only a prophet. Another group of people say He is not the promised Messiah, but they are still waiting for the Messiah. Some think that He is a great person like any other great man. But let us see what the Bible says about Jesus. Who Jesus is?
In the Bible we find that many titles have been given to Him. Today we are going to see a few of them.
1. The Anointed one:
We find that Jesus was termed as the anointed one. The word Christ in Hebrew is rendered as Messiah. The meaning of Christ or Messiah is "Anointed one".
In the book of Isaiah we read the same thing. Lord Jesus Himself said that, "He is the anointed one, who is sent by God". Isa 61:1, "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;" Isa 61:2, "To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn," Isa 61:3, "To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."
These verses say that God anointed Jesus for a special purpose. He came to fulfill the task of redemption of mankind. He left his heavenly glory and become man so that He can know the pain and suffering of human beings, so that He can reconcile the fallen mankind with God. He came to restore the lost glory of human beings the glory which was lost in the Garden of Eden due to sin. He came to restore the relationship which was broken in the Garden of Eden by the sin of Adam.
2. The Promised Messiah:
If we read in Old Testament we find that many times prophets spoke about the birth, life and death of Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah prophesied nearly 700 years prior to the birth of Jesus Christ saying - Isa 7:14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
This prophecy was fulfilled in the life of Jesus. Mat 1:23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
Prophet Micah prophesied about the birth of Jesus Christ that He will come from Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting."
Again Prophet Isaiah prophesied about the death of Jesus Christ. And these prophesies have been fulfilled exactly in the life of Jesus Christ. If we read Isaiah 53:4-6 it is written here- Isa 53:4, "Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted." Isa 53:5, "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." Isa 53:6, "All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."
These prophesies were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, which proves beyond any doubt that Jesus is the promised Messiah. He came to fulfill the work of redemption on this earth.
3. God Himself:
Bible very clearly states that Jesus is the Son of God or He is God Himself. In Him we find all the qualities of God.
1. He is Holy:
Heb 7:26, "For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;"
Heb 4:15, "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin."
Judas the disciple of Lord Jesus who betrayed him brought back thirty pieces of silver to the high priest and said: He was without sin. Mat 27:4- saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood."
Governor Pontius Pilot who began the trial of Jesus Christ declared that Jesus was a just person. Mat 27:24, "When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just Person........"
2. He has all authority:
Lord Jesus has all the authority of heaven and earth. Mat 28:18, "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
4. He is the creator:
When heaven and earth were created He (Jesus) was with God. Lord Jesus said "I am the beginning and the end. I am the Alfa and Omega." Rev 1:8, 1:11, 21:6, 22:13 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,"
Jesus is God the creator of this universe. He was at the beginning, He is at present, and He will be till the end.
5. The Savior of the world:
Finally He is the savior of the world. He was seated at the right hand of God almighty, but came down to earth in the form of a man and become man for us. No one else has claimed it, no one ever came down from heaven like Lord Jesus. Lord Jesus lived a perfect life. His life was sinless. No other person on this planet has ever claimed that he/she is sinless. Jesus knew why He came and what the purpose was behind His coming. Several times He spoke to His disciples about His death and crucifixion. Finally He died on Calvary's Cross to save you and me. No one else ever did that.
Yes my friend, Lord Jesus died for you and me. He shed His precious blood for you and me. He took all of our sins upon Himself and on our behalf He died. The punishment, which we deserved, He took upon Himself. Remember, you can get rid of your sins because of the precious death of Lord Jesus Christ. You can have a place in heaven because Jesus took your sins upon Him. You can have eternal life because Lord Jesus has paid the price for your redemption.
You may be thinking, how? By accepting the great sacrifice of Lord Jesus. By repenting from your sins. It is that simple. But it is sad that many have missed this simple truth. Millions are slipping into hell fire every day just because of ignorance. Many are attending Church week after week but they are still away from this simple truth.
Yes my friend, what about you? Did you ever accept Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? Did you ever ask Him to come into your heart? Have you ever prayed this prayer? If not today is the time. Do not miss this great experience. Do not let Him pass by one more Good Friday. Open your heart for Him and let the king come in.
Please pray this prayer from the bottom of your heart:
Lord Jesus I am a sinner. Today I come to Calvary's Cross and bow down before you. Please come into my heart. Wash away my sins with your precious blood. Cleanse me and make me whole. I accept you as my Lord, as my Savior, as my redeemer, as my master. Please give me a place in heaven. Make me your child. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.