Every member of humanity has a god. Whether one is a member of an organized religious sect, claims to experience a higher power on their own, or professes to be an atheist, the undeniable fact is that they all believe in a god. By definition, a god is a power beyond our natural realm in which one finds purpose for his/her being. For most, that god is a being possessing more than human attributes. For others, it simply may be another human being whom they look upon as superior to themselves and anyone else they can think of. Even for those who claim that there is no god, in effect create a god out of their belief that there is no god.
Still others, believe in a god who is the ruler of the vast, boundless and unfathomable universe. They believe that he created the entire universe from the minutest atom to the most majestic star. They believe that he provides for their every need and has his hand not only in their personal lives; but in the full spectrum of human affairs.
The Holy Bible, the sacred text of the Christian faith, presents such a god. Not only does it portray a god of omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence; it tells of a god who loves his subjects so much that he stepped out of his sphere of illimitable space and boundless time to become one of them and lived among them. He characterizes himself as a god who understands the condition of every soul and can satisfy the yearning of every human heart. He, in fact, is depicted as the Only True God, the god of all humanity. Of the many names which are accorded Him, the most well-known is also the most controversial. That name is Jesus Christ.
Many have debated, discussed, and even denied who Jesus really is. Was He just a good man that walked the earth two thousand years ago? Was He a fraud? Was He who He claimed to be, the divine Son of God? Was He God? Whatever ones thoughts about Him are, the one undeniable fact about Him is that He did sojourn with the human family in like fashion as we are. More convincingly, are the hundreds of predictions about Him that have been fulfilled with uncanny accuracy and precision.
The religious leaders of His nation were in constant debate with Him as to who He really was. On one such occasion, Jesus Christ directed them to the writings of their own forefathers so that they can discover who He truly is. He admonished them, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me” (John 5:39, 46).
What would they have discovered had they heeded His counsel? Here is a sampling. The revered Jewish seer, Isaiah prophesied, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). The transformed tax collector, Matthew, one of Jesus’ closest disciples cites the prophet’s words in describing Jesus: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us’ ” (Matthew 1:21-23).
Perhaps the most recognizable attribute of the God of the Bible is that of Creator. His servant Moses reveals to us, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Some four thousand years later, John, one of the closest disciples of Jesus Christ, declared, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-3, 14).
The overarching theme of the Bible is Jesus Christ. He is the central figure in both the Old and New Testaments. He was not only a prophet, but His own testimony and that of others give undeniable credibility to His life and ministry, proving that He is indeed God. There has been no other personality in human history whose life has been so predicted and has accurately came to pass as is Jesus. They not only testify as to the singular life experience of Jesus Christ, but undeniably establish the supernatural nature of the Bible with Jesus as its central character. Jesus’ claims as to who He is coupled with the testimonies of the bible writers, both Old and new Testaments, are beyond the realm of any other person that has ever walked the earth. He boldly claimed that He is the Bread of life, the Light of the world and the only means of tat which every human being desire–restoration to eternal life.
Of all the claims that Jesus made which sets Him apart from any so called ‘Great Teacher’ is His claim to be the “I AM” . In one of those passionate discussions with the Jewish leaders as to who He was, this time relative to the patriarch Abraham, Jesus exclaimed, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad… Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:56, 58). Jehovah of the Jewish Scriptures, commonly referred to as the Old Testament, is the only one to accord such a name to Himself. He answered Moses’ inquiry as to what His name was and whom he [Moses] should say sent him to free the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. Jehovah declared, “I AM THAT I AM…Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:14).
All the other names and titles by which Yahweh was addressed in the Old Testament, Jesus claimed or was referred to by the writers of the New Testament. This is a startling phenomenon that proves beyond a doubt that the God of the Hebrew Scriptures is the Jesus of the Christian Church. It is a concept beyond any human comprehension. The apostle Paul with all of his Hebrew learning coupled with his profound Christian experience was forced to declare, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).
The above by no means exhaust what Scriptures testify of who Jesus truly is. However, they are more than sufficient to establish the fact that Jesus is verily God. As God’s people we must, by faith, accept this crucial Bible truth and reject any other philosophy. Paul, quoting the ancient prophet Habakkuk, simply states, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).
Jesus Christ cannot be reduced to the same level of Mohamed, Krishna, the Dali Lama, Confucius, the Pope or and other religious teacher. In fact, any so called religious teacher who fails to uplift Jesus for who He truly is, must not be trusted and followed if eternal life is what you seek. Only God has eternal life. He is the only one that can give it. The apostle John rightly states, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
Jesus Christ is verily God manifested in the flesh. None other can rightfully claim that office. He is indeed the Savior of the world. No other human instrument has the authority to claim that prerogative. He alone has the power to overcome death and bless with eternal life. Only Jesus is endowed with that attribute. The Blessed Hope is exclusive to Him. As we have looked at some of the prophecies that so clearly identify and reveal Him as God with us, let us focus forward and upward to the most glorious of them all, His soon return to take home the faithful to live eternally with Him as He had originally intended. You can rest secured and assured of His prophecy, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3).
Be faithful and one day you, like Paul and all the redeemed, will get opportunity to look into the mystery of how He can be the Son, separate from the Father; and the Son who is one with the Father at the same time. While you are delving into that, you will also have plenty of time to learn of how He is the Lion and also the Lamb. You can investigate how He is your Prophet, Priest and King at the same time. That’s a glimpse of what eternity with Him would be like. For now, just accept Him for who He and the prophets say that He is… God with us.
Don’t give up on Him because you can’t measure Him.