Who is Jesus?
The questions about who God is, what He's like and what it means for us have resounded throughout the ages.
If it's the longing of every human heart to know the purpose of life, we must ask ourselves, who is Jesus?
Jesus affirms the apostle Peter’s confession of Him as “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16) because Jesus knew who He was and that He alone has the power to change our lives. Jesus is fully human and fully God -- a collision of Heaven and earth and the perfect representation of the Father, God Almighty.
Jesus has the Name above every other name, but He is also personal and close. He is both Savior and friend. He cares for us and He understands our human condition, and He came to bridge the way back to God. That’s why the Bible also calls Him “Immanuel, God with us."
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.
- John 14:6 -
Does Jesus care about you? Absolutely! He cares about you more than anyone else on this planet does. His love for you is unrivaled.
Often, we disqualify ourselves from God’s love because of our history, our failures and our shortcomings. Sin has separated us from God, and we can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.
So how can we accept what we have not earned? The Bible says that nothing in all of creation can separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And to accept God’s love is to trust His patient, forgiving and gracious heart towards us. Only He has the power to free us from guilt, shame and condemnation, to give us a life of wholeness. All we have to do is turn to Him.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
- John 3:16 -
A new beginning...
To be made whole, or to be saved, is to submit to God and His plan and purpose for our lives. It looks like repentance -- simply turning from our old ways and turning to Jesus to ask Him for forgiveness from our sins and to give us new life in Him.
Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, and with it, we become His children. It is an irrevocable acceptance into the family of God and it is an empowerment to live life wholly and fully with the purpose of reflecting God to the rest of His creation.
If you are not sure whether you are right with God or you know in fact that you need Jesus in your life, you can choose to follow Him right now by praying a prayer of surrender to Jesus:
Dear Jesus, I’m praying this prayer because I know that I have done wrong by living without You. I am sorry, and I trust that You will forgive me. I accept Your love and grace for me and ask that You would be my Lord. Help me believe in You and love You every day, and help me to show the world what You are like and how great Your love is. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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