Who is Jesus? People have pondered this question for two thousand years.
“Jesus was the founder of a religion.” “Jesus was a great philosopher.” “Jesus was a social reformer.” “Jesus is a myth.” Who is Jesus, really?
To answer this question, we first have to understand why we exist. The Bible says God created us in His image so He could enter into us and be joined to us. By sharing His divine life with us, God would be everything to us, and we would express God. But before this could happen, Satan, God’s enemy, deceived man and caused him to doubt God. Mankind fell into sin and was separated from God.
But instead of giving up, the eternal God became a lowly man, Jesus. Jesus is the most wonderful person in the universe: He is the true God who became a real man, a God-man.
During the thirty-three years Jesus lived on earth, He was perfect in word and deed. He was compassionate and tender, yet fearlessly bold and frank. Jesus spoke words with authority no one had ever spoken before—words like “I am the light of the world” and “I am the way and the reality and the life.” He cared for the rich, poor, strong, weak, young, old, educated, uneducated, moral, and immoral. Jesus reached every kind of person with His love. Like a shepherd seeking his lost sheep, Jesus came to seek mankind.
Loving us to the uttermost, Jesus suffered death by crucifixion, bearing the judgment of sin for the whole world. He died in our place to save us, however sinful and vile we may be, from the final judgment of sin: eternal death.
After dying for us, Jesus rose from the dead! Only He could say, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus Christ conquered death, and in resurrection, He became a life-giving Spirit. Like air, the Spirit is everywhere, ready to enter and give eternal life to all who believe in Him.
Who is Jesus? Jesus is the very God who created you and became a man to bring you back to Himself. Jesus is the Redeemer and Savior who died for you so you could be forgiven of your sins and saved from eternal judgment. Jesus is now the Spirit who longs to come into you, live in you, and be everything to you. He wants to fill you with Himself and be the joy and meaning of your life.
You can know Jesus personally. If you turn to Him, believe in Him, and call upon His name, you will be saved. Accept Him as your Savior today by praying:
“Lord Jesus, I turn my heart to You. You are the true God. I believe in You. Thank You for loving me and dying for me. Forgive me of my sins. I accept You as my Savior. Lord Jesus, I open my heart to receive You. Come live in me and be everything to me. Amen.”