- The disciples were amazed at the miracles of Jesus, but His authority over the forces of nature completely mystified them. Wind and waves are about the most powerful of nature's forces on earth. Multiple shipwrecks and the devastation caused by hurricanes are undeniable proof of that. No wonder His followers asked, "What manner of man is this?"
- Today's world still debates the question, "Who is Jesus?" Some equate Him with Mohammed, Buddha, or other great religious leaders of the past. Many still wonder, "Who is He?"
- But multitudes believe He is God, the Savior, the Ruler of the universe. Apostle Paul met Him on the way to Damascus. He instantly became convinced of His divinity. Years later, after enjoying a close relationship with Him, (and he got to really know Him), he still cried out, "That I might know Him and the power of His resurrection" (Phil.3:10). He sensed, that what he knew about Him was actually a scratch on the surface. He realized there was so much more to Jesus than what he discovered.
- On one occasion Jesus asked His disciples, "Whom say ye that I am?" (Mt.16:15). What is our attitude toward this One whom we call Jesus?
I. Who is He?
1. Is He only a great teacher? healer, philosopher? leader? --He is that -- and much more.
2. He is God, -- the Son of God (Mat. 3:17). He is divine, "Equal with God" (Phil.2:5,6). Revealed to us as the "Word," -- He "was with God...and was God" (Jn.1:1).
3. He was with the Father from the beginning. "O Father, glorify Thou Me...with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was" (Jn.17:5).
4. He is the Creator of everything. "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made" (Jn.1:3). "By Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible...all things were created by Him and for Him" (Col.1:16). "By whom also He made the worlds" (Heb.1:2). Even a small glimpse of the wonders of nature, reveal His wisdom, creativity and power.
5. He has Supreme Authority. "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth" (Mt.28:18). "Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life" ((Jn.17:2). He is the Source of life. He is enthroned at the Father's right hand. "Christ that died...is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God" (Rom.8:34; Col.3:1; Heb.1:3; 8:1). He is "King of kings and Lord of lords" (Rev.19:16).
6. He is the Judge at the final White Throne judgment. "I saw heaven open, and behold a white horse, and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge" (Rev.19:11; 20:11). The unsaved will all stand before Him and shall be without excuse.
7. He is "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last" (Rev.22:13). "Alpha" is the first, and "Omega" the last letters of the Greek alphabet. Letters of the alphabet make words, and words form phrases and sentences that produce a message.
Jesus is the Divine Alphabet from which comes "The Word." The revelation about God and His plan for the redemption of mankind is complete in Jesus Christ. There is no other way to be saved. From start to finish, everything a person needs for life's fulfillment is found in Jesus. David said, "All my springs are in Thee" (Ps.87:7).
II. Why Did Christ leave heaven and come to earth?
1. He came to redeem lost mankind from sin. "The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Lk.19:10). The price was exceedingly high, but He willingly paid it. He said, "I lay down My life for the sheep" (Jn.10:15). "Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold...but with the precious blood of Christ" (1Pet.1:18,19; Rev. 5:9).
2. He came to form the family of God, of born again believers in Christ whom He could call His children. "We see Jesus...that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became Him...in bringing many sons unto glory" (Heb.2:9,10). (See 1 Pet.1:3). "Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God" (1 Pet. 2:9,10). "It behooved Him to be like His brethren" (Heb. 2:17). Read Romans 8:16-17; Galatians 4:7.
III. How shall we respond to Jesus the Christ?
1. Do we fully realize His greatness? "God, [the Father] raised Him up to the heights of heaven and gave Him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father" (Phil.2:9-11).
--He is the absolute Ruler of the universe. He is the Good Shepherd, our Friend, our Lord!
2. Because of who He is, and what He has accomplished for us, He deserves our love, our adoration, and our unwavering faithfulness.
3. What will we do with Jesus? Let's join Paul by answering:
"For me to live is Christ!"