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Who is Christ Jesus?

This name has probably caused more controversy than any other name in history. You can mention the name of any religious leader, or god for that matter, and it’s no big deal. But if you mention the name of Christ Jesus, fasten your seat belt because you’ll find out that many people will become unhinged. Therefore it’s probably a good idea to find out exactly who is this one called Christ Jesus.  This is by no means an exhaustive study.  As you really get serious in exploring scriptures, you will see the truths below slowly come together.

Who is Christ Jesus? Where in scripture is he first mentioned?
Christ Jesus is actually first mentioned in the book of Genesis chapter 3 verse 15, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  This is what God had to say to Satan after he tempted Eve.  The “he” in this verse is referring to Jesus because Jesus will eventually destroy Satan but Satan would “injure” Jesus, if you will, and he did that at the cross.  But it was God’s plan for that to happen.

Who is Christ Jesus?  When did he come into existence?
In the gospel of John, chapter 1, verse 1, we learn that someone called “The Word” was in the beginning with God. That begs the question “who is “The Word”?  In the same chapter in verse 14 we read “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  So now we know that Christ Jesus is The Word and that he was in the beginning with God and therefore he doesn’t have a beginning.  He was always with God.

Who is Christ Jesus?  Is he the Son of God?
In the previous verse we learned that Christ Jesus is called the “One and Only who came from the Father”.  The King James version says “the only begotten of the Father.”  In other words he is the unique Son of God.  There is no other son of God like Christ Jesus.  His mother was a young virgin and his Father was God.  He went through his earthly life claiming to be God’s son.  No other prophet or religious leader ever claimed to be the Son of God.

Who is Christ Jesus?  Is Christ Jesus God?
The previous verse told us that Christ Jesus is the Son of God?  John 1 verse 1 also told us that The Word “Christ Jesus” was God.  All throughout his life on earth, Jesus always referred to himself as being the Son of God.  Fact is that the son always takes on the nature of his father.  Since God’s nature is deity, that makes the nature of Jesus also deity.  Yes, Christ Jesus is God.  No other prophet or religious leader ever claimed to be God.  Jesus claimed to be God.  He said that “I and the Father are one” John 10:30.  He also said “before Abraham was, I Am” John 8:58, using the name of God “I Am” that God gave to Moses on the mount, Exodus 3:14. God’s nature is also triune, which means He is revealed to use in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  They are distinct and yet co-equal with each other.

Who is Christ Jesus?  So if Christ Jesus is God, is he also human?
Matthew 1: 18-25, says that Christ Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary and that she was impregnated by the Holy Spirit.  So here we have a person whose father is God and whose mother is a human.  In Colossians 2 verse 9 we read “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form”.  In other words, Christ Jesus is God clothed in human flesh.  Since he had a human mother, that makes him human also.  He is 100% God and 100% man.  That is important to us because although being 100% God, he is also 100% human and can relate to us in every way.

Who is Christ Jesus?  Is he the Savior?

The crucifixion of Jesus

Hebrews 9, 22 says “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”.  This was the reason for the animal sacrifices in the old testament.  The sacrifice also had to be spotless.  This was to look forward to the spotless, sinless Lamb of God that God would eventually use for the perfect sacrifice.  Since there were no spotless or sinless humans around, God told the people to use spotless animals. The sacrifices were temporary because they were animals and not human.  Their blood could only temporarily cover the sins of the people.  Since Christ Jesus is God’s Son, being equal with his Father, being God in human form; that makes him the perfect, spotless, sinless human that could pay the price for our sins.  He is truly the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Who is Christ Jesus?  Did he really die on the cross?
It is a historical fact that Christ Jesus was crucified.  Did he really die on the cross?  The Romans were experts at crucifixion.  They knew if a person was dead or not.  In fact, if the crucified persons were not dead after a certain time, their legs were broken so that they could no longer use their legs to push upward to make breathing easier.  Having broken legs, death was hastened by suffocation.  When they came to break the legs of Christ Jesus, they noticed that he was already dead.  But just to make sure, one of the soldiers thrust a spear into the upper torso of Jesus.  Blood and water came out which is a sure sign that death had occurred.  Yes, Christ Jesus died on that cross and the Romans made sure of it.

The resurrection of Jesus

Who is Christ Jesus?  Did Christ Jesus really rise from the dead?

In Matthew 28, the scriptures says that on the first day of the week, their was a violent earthquake and an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled back the stone of the tomb where Christ Jesus was buried to show the two Marys that Christ Jesus had indeed risen.  The guards were so afraid of the angel that they shook and became like dead men.  The sealed tomb could not hold Christ Jesus, for he was already gone when the angel of the Lord rolled back the stone.  Christ Jesus later showed himself to his apostles.  He ate and talked with them.  He even let them handle him because they thought that he was a ghost.  Before he ascended into heaven, he appeared to over 500 different people.  As he ascended into heaven he said “All authority has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.  Yes my friend, He is risen and now He sits at the right hand of God as our Great High Priest to intercede for all of those who believe and trust in Him.

The ascension of Jesus

This was just a brief outline to answer the question “Who is Christ Jesus?”  To really get a good foundation as to the person of Christ Jesus, start out by reading the gospel of John.  It’s located right after the gospel of Luke and just before the book of Acts.  Salvation is a free gift from God, but it cost God a terrible price.  He loved us so much that he gave is One and Only Son to be the perfect sacrifice to satisfy His justice.  You see, God is just and he must punish sin.  Wrather than pour out His wrath on us, he poured it out on His Son.  All He asks is that you believe that His Son Christ Jesus paid the price for our sins with His life and His shed blood and that God raised Him from the dead and that He lives forever more.

If you find that hard to believe but you are really sincerely try to find the truth, get on your knees and ask Him to increase your faith and your understanding.  He will do it.

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