Who is Jesus, Really???

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Can we be really honest for a second? I mean, can we all put away all of our preconceived opinions and look at some facts? Can we have a mature discussion without getting our feelings hurt? After we look at all of the facts it will be easier to make an intelligent, informed determination on what is correct. Are you really interested in determining the truth?

This may sound like a simple question to many of you, but I want to talk about who Jesus is. I’m sure most of you have probably already made a determination about Jesus. I’m sure many of you feel that nothing could change your mind about Him. But I believe there are many out there that have wrong information about who, exactly, Jesus is.

Most people that identify with the Christian faith argue that Jesus is the Son of God. They are relentless about presenting Jesus as God. Muslims would argue that Jesus was a prophet like Mohammad, but he is not God. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus was Michael the archangel before his earthly incarnation. Mormons believe that Jesus is a god, and that we all can become gods too.

With so many different perspectives on whom Jesus is one thing is abundantly clear…we can’t all be right. What can account for the large variety of perspectives and divergent views? Paul explains in 2 Corinthians 11 that false apostles and deceitful workers disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. Paul continues in verse 14, “No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” The bottom line is this. Jesus and Paul both warned extensively about people that would try to hide or pervert the truth. Most of these false teachers and prophets appear to be good, honest truth seekers, but that is just wishful thinking. We need to discover the truth. Our very lives depend on what we think of Jesus. John 8:24 says:

Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.

In order to discover the truth, we need to read the Bible and let the Bible interpret the Bible. Together, let’s see what the Bible says about Jesus.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

I am sure it would come as no surprise to God-fearing people to hear that God is responsible for creation. The Bible does not just attribute creation to God, however. The Bible specifically identifies Jesus as the creator.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. John 1:1-3

You might be asking yourself at this point “It says the Word was with God, and the Word was God, where is the mention of Jesus?” John explains in great detail the return of Jesus in the book of Revelation. John sees Jesus coming back in all His glory and identifies Him as The Word of God.

His name is called The Word of God… And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:13,16

What else does the Bible say about the Word of God? John 1:14 says:

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.

The book of Isaiah gives some great insight into the true nature of Jesus. Isaiah chapter 9 is a popular “Messianic Prophecy” that gives information to the Jews about the coming Messiah. It says:

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Did you catch that? The child that would be born is called Mighty God and Eternal Father. How can a child be called those names? He cannot, unless that child is God. Not a god, but The God. Some may argue that Jesus Himself never called himself God. Actually, there are many occasions where He did just that. Phillip asks Jesus to show him the Father. Jesus responds:

He who has seen Me has seen the Father
John 14:9

Jesus also stated that “I and the Father are One.” When the religious leaders questioned Jesus about Abraham, Jesus said:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.” John 8:58

This statement was a reference back to Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush. Moses asked God who he should tell the Israelites had sent him. God answered:
I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” In this very short statement Jesus was able to draw a connection between Himself, and the “I AM” of the Old Testament. The religious leaders of the day did not miss this and wanted to kill him for blasphemy.

Do you know what God the Father said about Jesus? The writer of the book of Hebrews records some statements that God made about Jesus.

But of the Son He says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.
Hebrews 1:8

Of Jesus, Colossians 2:9 says “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” It certainly appears that the Bible, religious leaders, disciples, God the Father, and even Jesus Himself recognized Him as a member of the Godhead. Shouldn’t we be able to do the same?

The Bible describes Jesus as the beginning and ending, the first and the last, the Holy One of Israel, I AM, the Prince of Peace, the Angel of the Lord, the Alpha and Omega, the Righteous Judge, the Living One, the Lamb of God, the Rose of Sharon, the Name above every Name, Wonderful, Counselor, Emanuel, God with us, Faithful, True, the Way, the Light, and KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

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8 thoughts on “Who is Jesus, Really???

  1. I enjoyed reading this blog post. I am so glad you are working hard to understand God’s word. I don’t think it matters so much how you “see” Jesus, as it does how you know Jesus. If you can understand that Jesus is your savior, and put your burdens on Him, all else is secondary. I don’t think it matters so much to Jesus either. After all, God “is no respector of persons” (Acts 10:34) He’s not going to pick and choose based on how we “see” him or which religion we choose to follow. He is looking at our hearts, and will allow us into His kingdom based on our faithfulness. I’m just glad that I have a relationship with Him, and can share His love with others.

    • Hi Marianne,

      Thanks for your comments. I agree that understanding God’s word is imperative for those that put their faith in Christ. I also agree it is important to share His love with others, that is certainly one of the reasons I started my blog. You made a couple of statements that I found interesting. You mentioned that you do not think it is so important how we “see” Jesus as long as we know him. In fact, it is only when we see Him for who He really is that we can really know Him. You stated, “I don’t think it matters so much to Jesus either.” The episode of Jesus asking His disciples who people thought he was is contained in three of the four gospels. When Jesus asks Peter who he believed Him to be, Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus wanted His followers to know exactly who He was. Lastly, you mentioned that you don’t believe He will pick and choose based on what religion we follow. There are so many warnings in the Bible about false teachers and prophets. Even the religious leaders in Jesus’ day wanted to kill Him. Jesus said that He was the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father but through Him.

  2. There are a lot of misconceptions, mis-interpretations and what is known as apa-siddhanta (false conclusions) about Jesus, but he has clearly stated that he is not God.
    ”I do nothing of myself.”
    John 14:2
    “My Father is greater than I.”
    John 14:2
    “The Lord our God is one Lord.”
    Mark 12:29
    “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
    Matt. 27:46
    “Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”
    Luke 23:46
    “As You and I are one, let them also be one in Us.”
    c.f. John 17:21
    Thus, Jesus implies that his “oneness ” with God is something that can be achieved by others.
    “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”
    Mark 13:32
    It is also written of Jesus:
    “Behold my servant, whom I have chosen,”
    Matt. 12:18
    God.. .glorified His servant, Jesus.”
    Acts 3:13

    • Novelist,
      Thanks for your comments. The Bible is a collection of 66 books and was written by forty different authors over a period of about 2000 years. When reading the Bible it is important to notice the context of what you are reading. For example, The Jews were looking for their Messiah and expected him to come as a king to establish his kingdom. They did not realize that their Messiah must suffer and die, even though it was prophesied in the Old Testament. Jesus explained to His disciples that the Son of Man must suffer and die. Son of Man was a title that spoke to His humanity. Hebrews 2:9 says that Jesus was made a little lower than the angels for a while. Jesus had already created everything when He was born. He is eternal. All the verses you listed were speaking to His human status, which is lower than God and lower than angels. You state that He clearly stated that He is not God. I gave several verses where He claimed that He was, but you chose not to respond to those. What about the fact that Jesus healed people and performed many miracles? What about the fact the Jesus rose from His grave on the third day? There were over 500 witnesses that saw Him alive. Could anyone that wasn’t God do the kinds of things Jesus did? The answer to that question is obviously no.

      • I’ve read your comment, but firstly, I don’t know if I mentioned to you already, that I had to pass bible as a subject before I could graduate from high school, so there’s nothing in there that you can point out to me, that I haven’t seen or read before.

        Secondly, I notice that you keep using capital letters in the middle of a sentence (He) when referring to Jesus, which is a disrespect to both the Lord and Jesus. No pure transcendentalist or spiritually elevated personality will ever proclaim that they are God, in actuality.

        The fact that you’ve admitted that the bible is a collection of many books composed by various authors over 2000 years, should tell you something of the bible and its authenticity. It is not the direct and infallible word of God, like the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. You might want to view this info for validation of my point: https://achronicleofkarma.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/you-mean-thats-in-the-bible.pdf

        Lastly, Jesus had healed people and performed miracles. But I share with you, that he was not the only personality that has done so. When you read the Vedas, you will see in history, that others have done the same and even more wondrous things. It didn’t mean they were God. They were just given benedictions from the Lord in the art of what is called mystic powers to perform such acts.

        There are many yogis in India, even to this day, who can walk on water, go into trance as if they are dead, then wake up again, levitate off the ground and so forth. It doesn’t mean they are God. I wish you read my two posts on Jesus with an open mind and the link I included here.

        Blessed be.

      • Hello Novelist,

        Once again, thanks for your response. When people are able to come together and objectively look at facts true progress can be made. That is great that you have had some instruction in the Bible during high school. I must admit however, that I doubt your high school course could have taught you everything about the Bible. I have been studying the Bible for twenty years and am still learning new things and gaining new insights.

        You said that the fact that I admitted the Bible was written by many authors over a lengthy period of time should tell me about the lack of authenticity of the Bible. In fact, the opposite is true. The Bible is a tapestry of information that is interwoven and connected. How could authors, separated by space and time, write such a cohesive message? Only by the hand of God could this happen.

        I believe the Bible because it is true. It is true because there is quantifiable data that supports this conclusion. Historical aspects of the book can be validated through history. For example, Genesis 28 explains what would happen to God’s people (Jews) if they did not obey Him. God said that the Jews would be scattered throughout the earth. That has happened. The Bible also predicts that the Jews would be brought back into the land that God promised them as an everlasting promise. All one has to do is look at the news to see that this has happened. The Bible is a prophetic book; there are many things that were predicted and happened in startling detail. I chronicled many reasons why I believe the Bible in previous posts entitled “Why I Believe the Bible and Why You Should too.” I would encourage you to look through some of them, only if you have an honest willingness to discover the truth.

        Lastly, I will pose a question to you. If in fact the Bible is true (which I believe it is) why would I read anything about Jesus by an author who denies His deity? I am not searching for God, I know Him.

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