Who is Jesus?
This is a continuation of (“Who is Right”) series. In this article, I will be writing about Jesus. There are different schools of thought on who Jesus is, but in this article, I will be presenting the undiluted Word of God, as it is in relation to who Jesus is. Some people believe Jesus is only a prophet and a saviour while others believed He is only not the Christ, but God. Now, the question on many people’s mind is that, is Jesus God or just Man? Let’s journey through the Bible and see what God’s Word has to say.
To begin with, Isaiah prophesied long ago about the virgin birth of Jesus in Isaiah 7:14 and this was fulfilled when Mary gave birth to Jesus, been conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:31; 2:7). Jesus is the only person in the Bible to have been conceived by the Holy Spirit and throughout the Old Testament, His birth; life and resurrection have all been prophesied.
The reason why Jesus has to come, die and resurrect for our sins is simple. Since the fall of man, we have been alienated from God. The reason is that God is holy and cannot look upon sin. As an attempt to draw man closer to Himself, God sent His Son, Jesus to die for us. The Bible says that the penalty for sin is death (Rom. 6:23) and no one is righteous enough to atone for our sins (Rom. 3:10, 23). This is the reason why Jesus has to be born of the Holy Spirit. Because man is sinful, any product of man inherits that sinful nature. But, Jesus being a perfect Man and a perfect God is the only person to bridge the gap between Man and God.
Isaiah said that Jesus shall be called “Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace”, (Isa. 9:6). If you look at the above, Jesus fulfils the description of the role of God. This is why He said “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30), meaning that they are inseparable, though they have distinct roles.
It is also important to note that Jesus Himself said that no one at any time has ever seen God, except Him (John 1:18). The obvious reason is that anyone who sees God cannot live (Exo. 33:20). And this is where some people got confused about the “Godness” of Jesus. The Apostles and millions of people saw Jesus when He was on earth, because Jesus did not only exhibit that He’s God, but He’s also Man. Sometimes we focus too much on His Deity to the extent that we seem to forget He was wearied, hungry and thirsty (John 4:6, Matt. 21:18). In simple terms, Jesus is both Man and God.
In Proverbs 8:22, it is written of Him that “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.” This verse coupled with John 1:1 has been wrongly translated by other Bible versions who want to degrade Jesus’ status as eternal. But the Bible never says “created me”, but rather “possessed me”. And we are never told in the Bible that the “Word, or the Wisdom of God” is created, but rather [He] created all things (John 1:1). Since Jesus is the Word and Wisdom of God, it means that He’s not the creation but the Creator.
Paul in Colossians 1:15 says that “he is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature”. Notice here that Paul didn’t say He is the first of the creation, or the first creature God made, because in verse 16, Paul said that all things are created by him. “Therefore he himself can never be a creature; nor is he the first in the new creation, for the apostle in the context is speaking of the old creation, and not the new: but the sense either is, that he was begotten of the Father in a manner inconceivable and inexpressible by men, before any creatures were in being; or that he is the “first Parent”, or bringer forth of every creature into being, as the word will bear to be rendered”, (John Gill, [1697-1771]).
It is also interesting to know that only Jesus and God were worshipped as recorded in the Bible. Angels are not allowed to be worshipped, which is why when John tried to worship the angel who revealed things that are to happen, the angel refused and said “See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God”, (Rev. 22:9). Cornelius also tried to worship Peter, and Peter responded similarly by saying “Stand up; I myself also am a man”, (Acts 10:25). Now, contrast this to (Matt. 2:11; 8:2; 9:18; John 9:38) where Jesus was worshipped and He did not rebuke them for doing so.
John 1:1-3 says “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 any thing made that was made.” Obviously, in the above, it is clear that Jesus is God. This particular verse has been wrongly translated by Jehovah Witnesses and other cult groups. Instead of capitalizing the “Word, and God”, they didn’t, trying to reduce Jesus to the level of smaller gods. But, Paul, who saw Jesus, attested to this TRUTH when he wrote to the Colossians and said that Jesus is the image of the invisible God and by him was all things both on earth and in heaven created (Col. 1:15, 16).
Jesus’ wish is that “we may be one” as He and the Father are one, (John 17:11). Let us not forget that the Father, the Son [Jesus], and the Holy Spirit are one; for the Bible says our God is One God (Matt. 28:19; Deut. 6:4). You cannot analyse or explain the Bible using logic and you cannot explain the Bible verses in isolation too. The foundation of our belief is FAITH (Heb. 11.1). For the true Christian, Jesus is not only Man but He’s God too as demonstrated throughout the Bible. Every Christian needs FAITH and the help of the Holy Spirit to understand the Bible. The Holy Spirit is the only person who cannot be translated by mortal men. I pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to guide you into all truth as is His role to the Christian.
Thank you and stay blessed.