"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." - Psalm 18:30

Who Is Jesus?

By Roger L. Leonard

If a public poll asked the question, "Who do you think Jesus Christ is?", there would doubtless be a diversity of answers. Some might say Jesus was an ancient philosopher. Others, that He was a powerful religious leader or an influential social reformer. A few might even deny that He ever existed. The Lord conducted His own "poll" by asking His disciples, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" (Matt. 16:13). He received a wide range of answers. But Jesus was most interested in what His own disciples thought. So He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" (v. 15) "Simon Peter answered and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'" ( v. 16). After Jesus' resurrection, one the twelve, Thomas, said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28).

 

What about you, reader, who do you think Jesus is? Do you trust the words of men led by the Holy Spirit of God who wrote these declarations?


We read in John 1:1 and 14: "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God...and the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory." The eternal Word became human by birth through the virgin Mary. Isaiah prophesied of this (Isa. 7:14) and Matthew confirmed it (Matt. 1:23). Notice 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." Micah prophetically states the place of Christ's birth - Bethlehem - and also indicates that He was eternal.

In Matthew 22:41-16, we read the following discussion between Jesus and the Pharisees:

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying,

"What do you think of the Christ? Who's son is he?"

They said to him, "The Son of David."

He said to them, "How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,

The Lord said to my Lord

sit at my right hand,

until I put your enemies under

your feet"?

If David calls him Lord,, how is he his son?"

And no one was able to answer to him a word, nor from that day forward did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.


Jesus states a direct quote from Psalm 110:1, which was penned by David. Obviously, Jesus was presenting Himself as the fulfilnment of the prophecy, as the genealogical offspring of David, and also as the Lord of David, the divine Son of God. And the apotsle Peter confirns this in Acts 2:34-35, quoting Psalm 110:1 again, and saying in verse 36, "Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."


When the incarnate Word walked the earth in a human body, He was fully divine. The apostle Paul wrote,  "For in [Christ] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Col. 2:9). Jesus is fully divine.

Jesus made reference to His personal deity when he said to the Pharisees, "before Abraham was, I AM." (Jn. 8:58). This statement, in part, got Jesus killed becasue the Jews accused Him of blasphemy, caliming that "He made Himself the Son of God" (John 19:7). At least we know what they understood about His claim. Was it true? Jesus declared His pre-earthly (eternal) existence when He prayed, "Father, glorify Me with the glory I had with You before the world was." (Jn. 17:5) 

Now notice Paul's statement in Phil. 2:5b-11: "...Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Ephasis RL). Paul wrote again that "Jesus was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead" (Rom. 1:4). Go back and read again the Lord's discussion with the Pharisees in Matt. 22.


Now, who is Jesus? Who's Son is He? 

This article is not  by any means exhaustive, but it is sufficient for a basic understanding of Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God.


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