Do You Know Jesus?
Written by Jay Yeager
Friday, 02 October 2015 04:44

Do You Know Jesus?

     I am not speaking of those who know the name of Jesus. Practically every one has heard of Jesus Christ, sadly, most of it in negative terms, for the vast majority of this world’s population deny who Jesus is and what he has done.

     Our hope, of course, is for all who may hear or read this lesson will do so with a genuine desire to know Jesus as God’s word reveals him. And folks, the Bible has much to say about Jesus Christ!

Jesus is the Son of God

     If a person takes up the Bible and recognizes that what they hold in their hands is the inspired word of God (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Job 32:8), and it is; then it only takes honesty to know Jesus as the Son of God, for the evidence is overwhelming. I mention a few, but the few are undeniable:

     Five times in the scriptures Jesus is spoken of as being the only begotten Son of God (John 1:14; 18; 3:16; 18; I John 4:9), and the list of those who knew that to be true is impressive:

     Evil spirits, devils, (the minions of Satan) know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and it terrified them. The devils that possessed the man of the Gadarenes, when they saw Jesus, “…they cried out, saying, what have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:29). In Luke 8:31, they begged Jesus not to cast them out into the deep, likely, the abyss of Revelation 9:1. Folks, if the devils dread the coming of Jesus, and the judgment (II Peter 2:4), what message should that send to humanity?

     The indifferent (those not for him, nor against him) were at Golgotha to witness the crucifixion of Jesus. And what they witnessed beginning with three hours of darkness from noon until three in the afternoon (Matthew 27:45; Amos 8:9), brought this heart-felt statement. “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earth quake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, truly that was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54). What God did on the day they crucified his Son, left those standing on the fence sure of one thing, something terribly wrong had happened that day. Evil had its hour (Luke 22: 53), they had crucified the Son of God.

     The friends of Jesus had no doubt. The exchange between Jesus and Martha is more than moving, it should warm the heart of all who truly follow Jesus. Following the death of Lazarus, Jesus is approaching Bethany, and Martha runs to meet him, saying, “…Lord if thou hast been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give thee. Jesus said unto her, thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this? She saith unto him. Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (John 11:21-27). Do you believe???

     God the Father verbally acknowledged Jesus as his Son at his baptism, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him” (Matthew 3:16). [A sign, given to John, by way of verification that would enable him to say, “And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God (John 1:32-34).] “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

     Then again, on the Mount of transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-5), an amazing scene as Jesus is transfigured before them. Matthew describes what Peter, James and John saw, “…and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as light” (Matthew 17:2). Then Moses and Elijah appeared talking to Jesus. I do not know the words of their conversation, but I do know the subject, they were discussing the death of Jesus (Luke 9:31).

     I can only imagine the impact upon Peter, James and John seeing Jesus transfigured, and Moses and Elijah standing there with him. Human eyes had never witness such a sight. Peter wants to build a memorial, a tabernacle, one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah. “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadows them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5).

     It has been said by others and appropriately so, that Moses represented the law, and Elijah represented the prophets. There was a time when men were to listen to the law and the prophets, but no more. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him”. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and God speaks to us through him (Hebrews 1:1-2)!

Jesus is the Saviour of the world

(John 4:42; I John 4:14)

    The apostle John wrote a very thoughtful passage, and it lends information to this vital point: “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:30-31).

     What makes Jesus so essential to man’s salvation? In the Old Testament inspired men (II Peter 1:20-21) spoke of his coming. The subtle hint of Genesis 3:15 takes shape, as a promise is given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that in their seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed (Genesis 22:18; 26:4; 28:14).

     In short, a Saviour is coming. He would be unlike anything this world has ever seen. God would take human form, he would come into the world through a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), he would be called “Emmanuel” - God, with us (Matthew 1:23). Further, and so profound, the Bible states that Jesus “became us” (Hebrews 7:26).

     Through a miraculous conception Jesus entered the womb of the virgin Mary, and two people were told of the significance. The angel Gabriel told Mary that the Lord was with her, she was blessed among women, the child she would give birth to was the Son of God, and she was to call his name JESUS (Luke 1:26-35).

     The second person was Joseph. To relieve any doubts he may have concerning Mary’s pregnancy, the angel told Joseph plainly that the child Mary was carrying was conceived in her by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-20). “And she would 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 prophets, 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).

     The birth of Jesus was without pomp or pageantry. He was born in a stable. Beloved, why such a humble beginning? Jesus tells us himself, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). There is the reason he, “Became us”. God took human form to die in our stead. That none could possibly misunderstand, the scriptures reveal this:

     “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).

     Jesus is the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29; 36). Perhaps someone is thinking, “Do you mean to say that Jesus died for every person?” Yes! For every person, “For we see Jesus , who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he might taste of death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). Beloved, that’s the Almighty demonstrating his great love for man (John 3:16; I John 4:8-10). I Peter 4:18 says in part “…the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God…” In II Corinthians 5:21, the language is slightly different, but the meaning is so profound “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”

     Folks, if heaven is where you want to spend eternity, then Jesus Christ is the only answer. These verses say it all. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Then again, Peter, before a hostile audience said this; “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Lastly, I John 5:11-12, is so clear, that only a deeply prejudice mind would fail to see the truth. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life”. That is a message this world desperately needs to hear!

Jesus is the King of kings

     Few, if any who believe in Jesus Christ would deny that he is the King of kings, for the scriptures declare that he is (I Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14). More than that, there is a promise that God gave unto David. “And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowls, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever” (II Samuel 7:12-13 see also I Chronicles 17:11-13).

     The psalmist would speak of that promise, “The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; of the fruit of thy body will I set upon the throne” (Psalms 132:11). Now listen to Acts 2:30, as Peter speaks of this very promise and applies it to Christ. “Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne”.

     The last king to sit on the physical throne of David was king Zedekiah in 586 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar made the third and final sweep through Jerusalem (II Kings 25:1ff). Ezekiel, already in Babylonian captivity (II Kings 24:10), spoke of the end of Zedekiah’s reign, and then pointed to the future and one final King. “Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: …I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; I will give it him” (Ezekiel 21:26-27). What Ezekiel is saying is - there will be no king until Christ.

     Hundreds of years later, the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and tells her this is the fulfillment of that promise given to David, and foretold by Ezekiel. “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:30-33).

     Of course, his kingdom would not be as other kingdoms, for his kingdom would not be an earthly kingdom. Pilate would ask the question but fail to comprehend the answer. “Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the king of the Jews?” “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him. Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, thou saith that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:33; 36-37).

     Jesus never intended to reign on earth; his kingdom would be a spiritual kingdom. God in his infinite wisdom, not only told us where Jesus is reigning over his kingdom, but the exact day the kingdom was established.  

  1. God told us where Jesus is reigning. In Acts 1:9, as the apostles “…beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight”. The apostles watched Jesus going into heaven, and when Jesus disappeared from their view, Daniel some 700 years earlier saw Jesus coming in a night vision unto “…the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: and his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).

     Please notice that Jesus went unto the Ancient of Days, not from him, to receive his kingdom. Jesus is now sitting at God’s right hand, on the throne of David, which is in heaven (Psalms 89:35-37). That is where Jesus is reigning, and he will reign until the end of time (I Corinthians 15:24-26).

  1. God gave us the very day the kingdom was established, namely, on the first Pentecost following the resurrection of Christ. Four verses show that to be absolutely true (Mark 9:1; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4).

     All who are saved were added to the kingdom/church. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13). “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved…” (Hebrews 12:28).

“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:9). Folks, you cannot be added to a kingdom that does not exist, no matter whose doctrine that destroys

Jesus is the judge

     On Mars hill, amidst the philosophers and intellects of Athens, Paul preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection of the dead. Some called Paul a babbler, but others wanted to hear more, inasmuch as they spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing (Acts 17:18-21). Well, they may have heard more than they bargained for, as Paul preached not only the resurrection of the dead, but of a judgment day for the whole world.” Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

     I wonder how many, if they think of eternity at all, believe that God will accept them just as they are, all sins will somehow be forgotten. The idea of answering for the things they have done in this life never seem to dawn on them. Nevertheless, the Bible speaks of a judge and a judgment. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10).

     It is true that Jesus died so we can have the forgiveness of sins, “for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12).But sin is not automatically wiped out. “Well”, says one, “I believe in Jesus”. I wish that everyone would believe in Jesus, but believing alone is not enough. Notice who else believes in Jesus. The devils believe and tremble (James 2:19), “…among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:42-43).

     Believing in Jesus is required (John 8:24), and it should lead to a change in one’s life. One must repent of past sins, and then live a higher nobler life (Luke 13:3; 5). You must confess Christ before men, to be confessed by him (Matthew 10:32-33), and you must be baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). As a result you will be added to the Lord’s church (Acts 2:47), where you must serve him faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).

     Jesus is the judge, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto his Son” (John 5:22). His words will be the standard of judgment, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the words that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).

     Beloved, there are only two choices before us. The broad way which leads to destruction, and sadly, that is where the majority are going. There is also a narrow way that leads unto life. Few are in fact on that road (Matthew 7:13-14). But you and I can be on the narrow road that leads unto life, by following faithfully the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. Do you know Jesus?

(By Jay Yeager)