Jesus Carrying Cross“What about Jesus?” or better, yet “Who is Jesus?”  These are probably some of the most important questions that you can ever ask because your understanding of the answers could be the difference between everlasting life and everlasting death. Let me explain…

In his version of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Apostle John tells us a lot about Jesus. John wrote, For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16-NIV).  So who is Jesus?  John makes it very clear that Jesus is the Son of God.

Not only does John make it clear that Jesus is the Son of God, but John also makes a few other things very clear in this same Gospel when he refers to Jesus as the Word. John says in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God (John 1:1-2).

If this verse sounds a bit confusing, then try changing all references of “the Word” with the name of Jesus.  Afterwards, the verse would read, “In the beginning was Jesus and Jesus was with God and Jesus was God.  He [Jesus] was in the beginning with God.” So again, let us asked the same question as before, Who is Jesus?  Well, John tells us through this verse that Jesus is God.  He’s not God the Father, but He is God the Son,  and He was with God the father in the beginning.

Some people believe that when John refers to Jesus as “the Word”, this means that Jesus is the physical image and the physical expression of what God wanted to be said to the world and that’s probably a good way to explain it.  See God gave us the Bible, which is the written Word, but God also gave us His Son, Who is the living Word.  So when John wrote that the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us and that we have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14), John is actually talking about Jesus.  But more significantly, not only is John telling us that Jesus is the Word, look at what John says happened to the Word.  John says the Word became flesh.  In other words, John is using this verse to tell us something else very important about Jesus Christ.  John is using this verse to tell us that Jesus, God the Son, became a human being.

John later tells us in his first epistle, Jesus came to earth in human form so that He could die a physical death and take away our sins (1 John 3:5).  There are many Old Testament prophecies that predict this and Isaiah 53 provides us with a great example. Isaiah wrote, He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
To be continued…