Who is Jesus? …a very short study

The key to everything is this question:  Who is Jesus?

Many groups over the ages have thought Jesus was a prophet, a teacher, or simply a good man. Some believe Him to be a mortal savior, a man who failed to deliver Israel from Rome. Some believe Him to be only spirit, not real at all; plus, it was someone else who was crucified on that cruel cross. Docetism, an ancient heresy asserting that Jesus lacked full humanity is still alive and well today by many. As the gnostics tried to understand, how can the entire cosmos be created through Jesus (Colossians 1:16 and Revelation 4:11), yet that same Creator, as flesh & blood, die on the cross? This is the part that puzzles the Muslims about who Jesus is; that is, a Savior of the world would be one that could not, would not, die (Sura 4:157-158)…but would overcome all evil and conquer His enemies. We Christians believe in the resurrection, that Christ conquered death itself. Genesis 1:26 uses the word “Elohim”, a plural word for God as the text says: “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image…” Christians are monotheistic as are the Jews and Muslims. We believe the one God is manifest in three persons…the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Qur’an declares in Surah 5:73 (see also 4:171) that Christians believe in three gods, and that this is blasphemy against Allah, but this is a misunderstanding of what Christians believe. Jesus Himself says in Mark 12:29: “You shall love the Lord your God; the Lord is One.” this is the same text as the Jewish Shema (Deut 6:4).

All these ideas about Jesus fall painfully short, for it is the limitations of man’s understanding that is trying to explain define and place Jesus in a box. Jesus is LORD. Jesus is Messiah. Jesus is fully man and fully God. The duality of Christ Jesus cannot be explained nor understood. Do you want a God that could be understood, limited to the weak limits of mortal man’s thought? …thoughts that will always fall short of reality? Something to think about…something to pray about. Blessings and peace to you!

 

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