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Jesus, the life

Who is Jesus?

 

John 11:25-26  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,  and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

 

Are you dead?  We all die at some point, but some of us die before others, some of us give up our lives and die while we still live.  Is this confusing?  We’re all destined to die in our earthly bodies, bound for eternity either in heaven with God or hell apart from Him.  But those who live in Christ have already died to themselves (in spirit) and taken on Christ’s life.  That’s why we say we “live in Him”.  It’s why Paul wrote of us dying to sin, dying to our old nature, etc.  We’ve taken on a new life in Christ, we’re “hidden in Him” (Colossians 3:3).  Eternal life, for those who are in Christ, has already begun while still living on the earth.

 

Jesus said that He is the only way to God (John 14:6).  He also stated that He came to give life (John 10:10).  But the core truth behind this is that He is life and that’s how He’s able to offer it to us.  Sin equals death, Jesus equals life.  We choose one or the other, there are no other choices.  Sin doesn’t mean doing bad things, it means having an unrighteous nature.  But following Christ brings onto us His nature and therefore we die to the sinful one.

 

He is the resurrection (the way to heaven), and the source of eternal life.  If we’re in Him, we’ll never die (in the sense that those who spend eternity in hell “die” apart from Him). It all rests in Him, everything here and now and everything that comes after this.  It begins with Him (John 1:1) and it ends with Him (Revelation 22:12-13).

Look for this and other devotions about Jesus in the upcoming Exagorazo Press book entitled “Devotions for Disciples:  Who is Jesus?” due out in October 2011.

Jesus, the truth

Who is Jesus?

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

What is truth?  The question has been asked through the ages.  Even Pontius Pilate, with the Son of God standing before Him, posed the question.  So often we’re like Pilate, asking what truth is when it’s standing right in front of us.  Truth doesn’t exist outside of God.  Jesus is truth in the form of a man.

No one has ever spoken nothing but the complete truth their entire life except for Christ.  No matter how hard we may try, we all speak untruth from time to time, even when it’s not intentionally.  But not one word that ever came from the mouth of Jesus was false.  If He said it, we can believe it.

So what did He say?  He said He was God (John 10:30).  He said He would rise from the dead (Matthew 20:19).  He said He had all power and authority (Matthew 28:18).  Now we either believe Him in all of it or we believe none of it.  There is no in-between.  If we say He was a good teacher but discredit Him as the Son of God, we have to look past the fact that He claimed Himself to be God.  If He claimed to be God but wasn’t, that isn’t a good teacher…that’s a liar.

The source of truth is God.  His goodness testifies to truth and there is only truth in Him.  He can’t lie (Numbers 23:19).  If He says it, it’s worth believing.

 Look for this and other devotions about Jesus in the upcoming Exagorazo Press book entitled “Devotions for Disciples:  Who is Jesus?” due out in October 2011.

Jesus, the way

Who is Jesus?

 

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Today we like to think we’re very enlightened, so much more educated than the ancients.  We think we’re bright enough to pick and choose aspects of different religions, tailoring our belief system, and we think this is some new thought.  Actually, the Pagans of centuries ago saw no problem with pledging allegiance to multiple deities from different backgrounds until they found what suited them.

Jesus was clear though when He spoke of the way to God.  Only He can serve as that bridge.  Only through belief on Him can we see heaven.  He is the only way.  We can try out custom-made religions, but in the end they’re empty, devoid of any true meaning.  Christ has the answer.

By God’s grace we’re saved; we can’t do anything to earn our way to Him.  But He extended this grace in the offering of His Son on our behalf for the forgiveness of sins.  This action by God just shows how He expects us to be reconciled to Him.  Only through Jesus.  And only means only.

 Look for this and other devotions about Jesus in the upcoming Exagorazo Press book entitled “Devotions for Disciples:  Who is Jesus?” due out in October 2011.

Jesus, the heir

Who is Jesus?

Hebrews 1:2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

Jesus is not just a man, not an angel, not even a god.  He’s THE God, heir to all things, worthy of all praise and even the worship of the angels.  All things have been granted to Him.  Just as a firstborn son gets an inheritance, God’s Son gets the inheritance of all inheritances.

A never-ending kingdom is His, and all that’s in it.  His throne will know no end.  He upholds the universe by the word of His power.  This is His role as heir.  All power and authority is His.  This is a mighty thing, but Jesus shares it with us.

When we become children of God through faith in Christ, we become coheirs with Him (Romans 8:17).  What He has, we have.  Power and authority are ours in HIs name and for His will.  There’s nothing that isn’t His and He doesn’t keep it all to Himself.  We have access to the kingdom of God through Jesus Christ.

Jesus, the provider

Who is Jesus?

Philippians 4:19  And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

There is only one who is capable of providing for your every need.  No matter what you lack, He’s got it in stock.  You see, everything is His.  He owns all things.  As the Psalmist put it, the “cattle on a thousand hills” are His (Psalm 50:10).  Since He owns everything, He’s capable of providing anything you could ever need.  He lacks nothing.

“This is God!” you say, and yes it is.  God the Father does provide our every need but notice that He gives “according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  God’s riches, all of His treasure, is in the glory of Jesus!  When Jesus was sent to this earth to die for our sins, heaven was literally bankrupted of all its riches.  God put it all on the line, every chip was on the table.

Jesus is our Great Provider.  Just as He supplied endless food from just a small amount of bread and fish, He can give us all we need.  Do we trust in Him to do just that?

Jesus, the Son

Who is Jesus?

Galatians 4:4-7 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,  to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

God exists eternally in the form of three equal, but distinct persons: The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit.  Often when we talk about “God” we’re referring to God the Father.  But how can God, who is spirit, and exists outside of time, be a father?  And how can three be one?  The answer to these types of questions are not easy to explain, but the Bible does help us understand.

All three persons of the Trinity have existed since before time (John 1).  No one gave birth to the Son, He’s always existed.  Not until He came to dwell on the earth as a man was He birthed of a woman, and even then by choice.  Jesus, the Father, and the Spirit are all equal, of the same substance (John 10:30).  His place as Son is not lesser than the Father, so verses like John 14:28 speak to purpose and not to rank.  Jesus’ purpose is to glorify the Father, just as the Spirit is to bring glory to Jesus.

Further, His place as Son gives us a picture of just how God wants us to be.  God sent His only Son with the purpose that we also might become His sons, and if sons then heirs to everything Christ is entitled to.  This word sons isn’t gender related and doesn’t exclude women, it does the opposite.  There’s power in using the word sons because traditionally sons have received a greater inheritance.  By including females as His “sons”, God has granted all the same rights to His riches.  By accepting Christ, we became sons of God.  And Jesus is the “firstborn” among us.

Jesus, the risen Lord

Luke 24:5b-6a  “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.

Why do we look for the living among the dead?  Just as those who lived with Jesus while He was on the earth, we can tend to look for Jesus in the tomb.  But He’s not there.  Some think of Jesus with some sentimentality, as though He was once great, but now lives powerless in the grave.  But He’s not there.  He is alive.

If Jesus was not resurrected, He would be unable to act as our intercessor today.  But because He lives, He mediates between God and man.  Because He lives, He has the power to act as Lord.  Our God is not a dead god.  Our God has all power and authority.

What other god ever loved his own people so much that he would sacrifice his own life to save them?  Who, in the history of mankind, ever sacrificed himself only to rise from the dead?  Only one.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, gave His own life for us but lives now to act on our behalf.  He lives so we live.  If this wasn’t true, our faith would be in one who was powerless to be Lord of all.  But He does live.  And He is Lord of all.