Who is this Jesus?

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To discover more about Jesus, the best place to begin is to find out his identity.

So who is this Jesus?

For some he was just a good teacher. For others he was just a good man. Many have seen him as a prophet who gave a message from God. Yet, as we look at the Bible we see some claims that go way beyond these statements.

First, the Bible claims that Jesus is God - the one who made all things. In John's gospel we read, ‘In the beginning was the Word [when John uses Word here he is referring to Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God' (John 1:1). The incredible statement that the Bible makes is that Jesus is God.

The second claim that the Bible makes is that Jesus is king. In the book of Colossians we read, ‘He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him' (Colossians 1:15-16). This is not a small assertion that Jesus is just a king on an earthly throne but that he is King of everything and everyone in all the universe - including us.

The third claim is that Jesus is saviour - a rescuer sent from God to save us. What from? we might ask. The answer the Bible gives is our sin and rebellion against God, something so offensive to him that he has decreed it deserves the punishment of hell. ‘You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins' (Matthew 1:21).

So, if the Bible is right, Jesus is far more than simply a good teacher. He is someone we need to take notice of. If all, or any, of these claims are true the question who is Jesus is perhaps the most important we could ever ask. Yet, how many of us have honestly asked whether they are true?

why did Jesus come?

"Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27