Who is Jesus?

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)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
(John 1:49)

I’ve listed a few statements from the first chapter of John’s gospel. What are they statements about? They are statements about Jesus.

So why am I quoting John’s gospel about Jesus?

Simply, to find out a little about Jesus.

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately on trying to do some blog posts on what it means to be a Christian. I figured I would start by saying a little bit about Christ. After all it might be helpful to know who Christ is if you want to figure out what it means to be a Christian.

So I began by quoting the bible, John’s gospel specifically. Why? Well, because it is a book about Jesus. The book begins with Jesus, and ends with Jesus. I think it is a good place to start off. Just in case you were thinking it isn’t, here is what John says in his gospel:

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written to you so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

So we have a book about the life of Jesus. It was written so that people might believe in Jesus, and that he was the Messiah (the same thing they were saying about him in chapter 1, I quoted it earlier and will get to it soon). Above all it was written to so that by believing in him you can have eternal life in his name. (Jesus makes lots of statements about this throughout John’s gospel)

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)

In the beginning was the Word. You might be asking, I thought this was about Jesus, not word? You might have gone to vacation bible school as a kid, or maybe attended Sunday school and heard something about Genesis. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This is exactly where John is going, in saying “in the beginning was the Word.” He continues to say that, “All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made.” So Jesus is God, and he created everything. Nothing can exist without him.

Statement #1- Jesus is God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

The Word(Jesus) became flesh(he became a man) and dwelt among us(he lived on earth), we have seen his glory(John was a witness of Jesus. Jesus full of grace and truth could be seen by normal people like you and I).

So Jesus was a man. Statement #2

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

The he in this passage is a guy named John. Not the same John who wrote the book, but a guy who was a forerunner. In the Old Testament (the first part of the bible, before Matthew) it was foretold that someone would prepare the way for the Messiah.

“Behold I send my messenger and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming says the Lord of Hosts.” (Malachi 3:1)

So God is speaking, saying he is going to come down and be with mankind, but before he comes he is going to send a messenger to prepare people for his coming. This guy is John the baptist. He was out in the desert outside of Jerusalem preaching a message to turn from sin, as God’s kingdom was at hand. The kingdom at hand was saying that the Messiah was near.

If you want to read more about John the Baptist, you can read this.

This is why John said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” God promised in the Old Testament the coming of a King who would be a Savior. (See: Psalm 22, Isaiah 52-53, Jeremiah 31, and the list could go on.)

“Who takes away the sins of the world.” Jesus who is God, came to earth an dwelt among us in human flesh. The question might arise, why? The answer to why, to die. God said without the spilling of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. In the Old Testament every year a sacrifice would have to be made, where an animal was killed and its blood sprinkled. But the problem with this was that it had to be done every year. The sacrifices weren’t perfect. Since the only source of true perfection is God, he came down to earth to die. To spill his own blood so that man kind might be redeemed and given the means to have a restored relationship with God. He did this through his death, burial, and Resurrection.

Statement #3- Jesus is the promised Messiah, and the one who took away the sins of the world.

The last statement about Jesus from John 1 I have posted is this one:

Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
(John 1:49)

Nathanael was one of Jesus’ followers and is one of his statements from when he first met Jesus. Before we read this statement in John’s gospel, Nathanael is told by his brother Philip that the Messiah has been found, the one the Old Testament spoke about(People were expecting the Messiah).

He acknowledges Jesus as Rabbi, which means teacher. Many people will agree with Nathanael here, that Jesus was a great moral teacher. But Jesus is way more than this, Nathanael continues, “You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

Statement #4- Jesus was a teacher, but much more than that. He is God, and the promised Messiah King of Israel.

So here is part one of a series if you will of blog posts on what it means to be a Christian. Part 2 will be on Jesus’ example, and will tell a bit more about who Jesus is, and what it means to be a Christian.

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2 thoughts on “Who is Jesus?

  1. So you know you really get my heart jumping for joy when you blog? Just saying, love it! Simple, yet spot on and Deep! Thanks, look forward to pt2! Love ya man.

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