Who Is Jesus?
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…”
Why is Jesus so important? His life was lived 2,000 years ago, why are we still talking about Him?
What’s up with this man, whom people are lovingly obsessed over–or hate with all that they are? Why is He such a polarizing figure? And why won’t He just fade away, like any another fad or story? What’s the deal?!
Further, why am I, personally, so drawn to someone whom I’ve never met face to face? Someone whom I simply believe in? John chapter 1 answers all of these questions for me. It begins by telling me “He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:2). So when they (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), decided to create this universe–the very notion of time–they already had a relationship going on amongst themselves.
This explains to me why I’m so drawn to my Creator–He, God, The Trinity, made me for an eternal relationship.
Second, it tells me “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3). This explains His infiniteness, and my finiteness. He always “has been.” We have not. He has no beginning or end. We do. Everything that you can currently see and feel, will end, because it has a beginning.
However, your spirit is eternal, just like God. It will go on for eternity, with, or without Him. We get to choose. He doesn’t choose for us. Hence, free will. This is what makes us like God.
So why Jesus? Why this man? Why not leave things as they were before He came? Verse 14 explains the reason, perfectly. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…”
Jesus is called The Word–capital “T” capital “W”–as in, a proper noun. Why is this? I heard it said once, that Jesus is called The Word because He is everything that God wanted to say to us. That’s perfect!
Jesus was, and still is, GOD IN THE FLESH. The Word of God became flesh, like us! God was now literally speaking to His creation, face to face!
Why is that important? Why did He do this? Why can’t we just believe in and worship God, without Him becoming a man? Why do we need this personal relationship with Him–PERSONAL, person-al, as in “in person”?
In my quest of nearly 35 years of life, I’ve determined that God became a man for many reasons, but three of them stand out to me:
- We needed to know what God was like in person. Have you ever judged someone who you didn’t know personally? You thought you knew them, just by what others have said or what you’ve heard, but when you finally got to know them in person they were completely different than what your mind was already made up they’d be like? This happens all the time. It even happened to our Creator. God saw that not very many people really knew Him, intimately. So, He became His very own creation! The Bible says that Jesus “has made him known” (John 1:18). The mystery of what God would be like in person is over! Jesus showed us God, in the flesh!
- We needed a perfect role model. John 1:4, 5 states, “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it.” Up until God manifested Himself in person, we were all just guessing as to who He really was. We were feeling around in the dark, trying to understand Him. Sure, we had all the laws of Moses and ceremonial laws (over 600), but none of that stuff made us understand God, perfectly. Jesus did just that! He set the example for us by completing every law in Himself (see Galatians 3:13). He also overrode the law with His teachings, miracles, and life! Jesus, the Man, became a New Agreement between us and our Creator! So now, because of this new covenant in Christ–which had to be perfect–we have the ideal example of how to live our lives just right: WWJD. (See Galatians 5:22,23, 1 Corinthians 13).
- We needed our sin-debt paid off with God, once and for all. I could write a 5-page report on this, but to summarize, religious Christians (Christians without a close relationship with Christ) will try to make you think that you need to confess every single sin in order to be forgiven for them, even after you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior–and if you don’t, you are going to hell. This makes no sense because there are sins that we forget about and overlook all the time. They fade away into the rear-view mirror of our lives, without any confession or asking of forgiveness. So this conditional, graceless forgiveness is madness, and incorrect. This keeps you focused on your sin, rather than on showing Jesus that you love Him by not wanting to sin! God had a better idea than having to worry about keeping track of our debts with Him. HE WILL PAY IT OFF! ONCE AND FOR ALL! (Hebrews 10:10). And He took it a step further than that, making it the easiest process ever to be forgiven–for good: Admit that you are sinful, admit that Jesus is perfect, and then believe that His sacrifice on the Cross has made you perfect…viola! (John 3:16, Romans 6:6, 10:9, Colossians 1:22). Now that is a loving God! A God who would die for us–while we were still sinners–just to make us a part of His eternal Family! (See Romans 5:8, Ephesians 1).
Of course, I’m sure that if I put my mind to it, I could write an entire book on all the reasons why we needed Jesus to come to earth–why we needed this Man. But if I was forced to give one single reason as to why God got down off His throne in heaven, became a baby on His very own planet, grew up, taught us, led us, guided us, and saved us…it would be this: He wanted to show us what real love was like. That’s Jesus. That’s my Jesus. I know Him personally, do you?
A prayer for you: Jesus, today I want to thank you for your life, and your death, and your life! Spiritually, I know that you are the truth! Thank you for creating me for this relationship with you, and thank you for pursuing me when I ran from you as fast as I could, even though you were IN ME the whole time! Life is good now, even when my circumstances are not! Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. For those who don’t know that it’s you who keeps knocking on the door of their hearts, saying, “Invite me in,” REVEAL THIS TO THEM! Show them that your way is the best way! Teach them how to love you! Teach them how to love others! Teach them how to love themselves! In your name I pray, amen.
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