Who Is Jesus?
“Who do people say the Son of Man is?”Holy Bible Matthew 6:13
While this appears to be an easy question to answer, I find that many religions give different answers to the question. It doesn’t really matter what “religious” people or religions say. Only by what is written in the Bible will we know the answer to the question “Who is Jesus?” .
Jesus asked His disciples a similar question that was recorded in the gospels. Here is Matthew’s account along with the answer that was given.
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:13-19
Throughout the New Testament and in various places in the Old Testament the question “Who is Jesus?” is answered. John’s gospel has the most complete answer. Matthew begins by calling Jesus the son of David. Matthew also tells us that Jesus birth is a fulfillment of this prophecy:
“Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”) Matthew 1:23
Mark identifies Jesus as the Son of God. Later we learn in John’s gospel that the Jews were enraged because Jesus identified Himself as the Son of God and they understood that He was saying He is equal to God. For this they tried to kill Him and eventually crucified Him.:
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, He saw the heavens breaking open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11
In Luke we learn in chapter 1, verse 33 that “…His kingdom will never end!” and how Mary, a virgin girl, would conceive be able to conceive Jesus. “…, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.”
But in John we learn the most about who Jesus actually is.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The Witness of John
There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through him everyone might believe. He himself was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
The true Light who gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of blood, nor of the desire or will of man, but born of God.
The Word Became Flesh
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14
Titles Used to Identify Jesus
In what is thought to be the oldest book in the Bible Christ is identified as our Redeemer. Our Redeemer is God, who stood on the earth in the Person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and has promised to return and will again stand upon the earth. As early as the book of Psalms to identify Jesus. Christ speaks through the prophets and at the end, in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ we find how the Father identifies His Son. Jesus identifies Himself with seven “I Am” statements in the book of John. Devout people who recognize Christ as the Messiah identify Him. Many Biblical passages identify Christ.
Redeemer – “But I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end He will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25
Holy One – For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
Almighty One – “…who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8
Messiah – “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).” John 1:41
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
The Light of the World – Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
The Way, the Truth, the Life – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
The Resurrection and the Life – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; John 11:25
The Good Shepherd – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11
The Bread of Life – Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35
The Door – ‘I am the door. If anyone enters in by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and will go out and will find pasture.’ John 10:9
The Vine _ ‘“I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard….I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:1,5
I AM – That is why I told you that you will die in your sins, for unless you believe that I AM, you’ll die in your sins.” John 8:24
Mediator – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5
Lord – “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
Rock – “For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:5
Savior – “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
Creator – “By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.…” Colossians 1:16-17
The Word – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
Immanuel – “Behold, the virgin will hold in womb, and will bring forth a son, and they will call His name Immanuel” which is, being translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23
Lion of the Tribe of Judah – “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5
Lamb of God – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 Peter 1:19
Passover Lamb – Get rid of the old leaven, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 1 Corinthians 5:7
The Living One – And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. And He placed His right hand upon me, saying, “Fear not. I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. And I was dead, and behold I am living to the ages of the ages, and I have the keys of Death and of Hades. Revelation 1:17-18
King of kings and Lord of lords – And from His mouth proceeds a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:15-16
Jesus Is Coming Again
In Revelation chapter one, we read that when Almighty God speaks He said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, “says Lord God, the One being, and who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.” Who is this One being who was, who is, and who is coming? The verse just prior gives us insight into the verse as it speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ and we read, “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, and those who pierced Him, and all the tribes of the earth will wail because of Him. Yes! Amen!”
Even so, come Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20