“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
Who is Jesus Christ? He is our Lord and Savior. He’s the reason we woke up this morning, the reason we have breath to speak his name. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. The only begotten son. God loved us so much that he sent Jesus here to die on the cross so that any and all who believe in him will have a straight pathway to our Father in Heaven.
There’s power in that name. So often I’ve woken up from terrifying nightmares screaming, “Jesus!” and immediately felt safe and comforted.
Jesus is God in flesh. Many think he was just a man, just a prophet, but we know from the Bible that he is much more. He is part of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost—-and he was there from the very beginning.
“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; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5)
Jesus is the Word of God, the revelation of his Will personified, in the flesh. Before we were created, he was already present.
“Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
“You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham.”
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:55-58).
The beautiful thing about Jesus is that we don’t have to change for him. You don’t have to be a theologian. You don’t need to know every verse from the Bible, memorize all of his parables. You don’t have to be perfect; none of us is perfect, only Jesus. That’s why he can save us, and because he lived a human life, was tempted just like we are tempted every day, he understands what we are going through. That’s why it’s so easy to receive him into our lives. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). He came that we may have life, and that we may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
Jesus simply told his disciples to come and follow him, and they dropped what they were doing and followed him (Matthew 4:19-20). Will you drop what you are doing and follow Jesus?