Some two thousand years ago, the man whose birthday we celebrate during this season was walking with his disciples through a region which is today known as the Golan Heights. As they were making their way through those hilly parts, Jesus turned to his companions and asked
, “Who do people say that I am?”
The disciples told him that many ideas circulated
as to his identity: “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
Things have not changed much in the intervening two millennia. Today, as then, people hold many notions about who Jesus was. Some say that he was a great moral teacher, others that he was a bold social reformer. Still others claim that he was a wise man or a charismatic leader. If you asked ten different people, it is quite possible that you would get ten different answers.
To get at the truth, we can do no better than to go to the ultimate source and authority on Jesus’s life. None of the statements below is a conjecture or a fanciful invention; they all come straight from the Word.
What follows is the Jesus of the Bible.
All things were created
by Him and for Him. He laid
the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of His hands. Without Him, nothing was made
that has been made.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold
together. He upholds
the universe by the word of His power. It is through Him that we
exist. He is the mystery
of God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ.
In the fullness
of time, God sent Him to be the Savior
of the world. He came to do away with sin by the sacrifice
He was made flesh
and dwelt among people. Full of grace
and truth, He was the image
of the invisible God and the exact representation
of His being.
Born in the likeness
of man, He took upon Himself the form of a servant. He became poor
so that we may become rich.
of God’s glory, He walked
in love and compassion
. He was in the world, and though the world was made
through Him, the world did not recognize Him.
and gentle, He was treated harshly, yet He did not protest
. Despised and forsaken, He was a man of sorrows and acquainted
with grief. Though He was tempted
as we are, He did not sin.
He came to deliver those who through fear
of death were all their lives subject to bondage. He humbled Himself and became obedient
to death — even the death of the cross. He assumed human form to mediate
between God and men.
He was pierced
for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities. He bore
our trespasses in His body and washed
our sins with His own blood.
He was made a curse
so that we could be made right
with God. He was raised
for our justification. It is by His wounds
that we are healed. It is He who brings
us back to God.
Manifested in the flesh, He was justified
in the spirit. Having been buried, He was raised
on the third day. He ascended on high and led captivity
To those who receive
Him He gave the right to become children of God. Whoever calls
upon His name shall be saved, and whoever believes
in Him has eternal life.
Salvation is found
in no one else, for there is no other name by which men may be saved. He is the way
, and the truth, and the life.
This is how God showed
His love for us: He sent His one and only Son that we might live through him. For God so loved
the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
In Him are hidden
all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He guides
the meek and teaches them His ways. Exalted
of God, in Him is the mystery
He will judge
the living and the dead, and every knee shall bow
down before Him. He will bring to light
the hidden things of darkness and expose the motives of men’s hearts. He will gather the wheat into his garner and burn the chaff with unquenchable
But to those who thirst
, He shall give from the spring of the water of life, for He is full of unfailing love
and faithfulness. He who believes
in Him shall live.
He is the bright morning star
. Crowned with glory
and honor, He holds
all authority in heaven and on earth. It is through Him that God brings
everything back to Himself. It is through Him that God speaks
begotten of the dead, He is the heir
of all things. He is the light
, and the darkness has not overcome him. He is the prince of peace
and the bread
of life. His love
surpasses all knowledge. He is the life
His throne will last forever
, and His days will never end. Righteousness is the scepter
of His kingdom.
He is the one
who is, who always was, and who is still to come. He is the Alpha and the Omega
, the beginning and the end.
He who has ears, let him hear
. Let those who are wise understand
, for these things have been written
that we may believe and, by believing, have life in His name.