Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus?

Jesus is . . .

  1. God the Son Incarnate (Matthew 1:21-23, Luke 1:35, John 3:16)
  2. Savior (Matthew 1:21)
  3. Messiah (Acts 10:38, Matthew 3:16-17, John 3:2)
  4. Lord (Acts 2:36

Each of those four points is scrutinized by non-believers. That should not surprise believers. Both during his public ministry, as well as after his resurrection, Jesus was the object of scrutiny.

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house” (Mark 6:3, 4)

And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day (Matthew 28:12-15).

And even up to the present day Jesus continues to be an object of scrutiny, e.g., the twenty-first century “New Atheists.”

This should not upset, disturb, or challenge the faith of believers in the least. Skeptics and Christ-deniers, as a fact of consideration, do not and should not undermine certainty of who Jesus is for believers, but rather, they actually demonstrate God’s revelation regarding the promised Savior: God promised that there would be an ongoing war, that is, antithesis, between the promised Champion and his enemies: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed” (Genesis 3:15a). The enemies of Jesus reinforce that Jesus is who Jesus is.

Believers should not be disturbed by non-believers when they challenge basic claims about who Jesus is. Jesus preemptively warned his disciples of his and their enemies, and the Apostle Peter exhorted believers to not be disturbed if they are persecuted for doing good by their enemies, but rather, to be happy for suffering for righteousness’ sake, and, consequently, to be prepared to defend the Truth–the object of our Christian hope–against the enemies of Christ.

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you (John 15:18-19)

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the LORD is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:12-15).

So, because we need to be ready always to give an answer, in the next handful of posts we will examine the testimony of Scripture.

Who is Jesus? Jesus is . . .

  1. God the Son Incarnate (Matthew 1:21-23, Luke 1:35, John 3:16)
  2. Savior (Matthew 1:21)
  3. Messiah (Acts 10:38, Matthew 3:16-17, John 3:2)
  4. Lord (Acts 2:36
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