Despite numerous attempts to label Jesus as a prophet, teacher, or rabbi or associate him with figures like John the Baptist, Elijah, or Jeremiah, mere human perception falls short. Truly understanding Jesus surpasses these limited definitions.
The Bible narrates the story of a virtuous woman named Mary from Nazareth. Engaged to a man named Joseph, she was visited by an angel who brought her the divine message: God favoured her. She was destined to conceive a child in her womb, a son to be named Jesus.
The promised Son was destined for greatness and would be known as the Son of the Highest, as stated in Luke 1:27-38. Yet, this prophecy didn’t emerge unexpectedly. God foretold the divine plan for His Son Jesus since the time of Adam and Eve’s transgression.
As humanity faltered and sinned, God, in His infinite power, pronounced judgment on the guilty parties. ” And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” (Gen 3: 15).
This proclamation alludes to the birth of a child from a woman, not from the union of a man and woman as is customary in human procreation.
Intriguingly, this divine promise manifested in Jesus Christ. Through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, a virgin woman gave birth to Jesus Christ – a Holy Child destined to become the Messiah. Jesus, indeed was the prophesied “seed from the woman”.
Prior to this unveiling, God had communicated His will through the Prophet Amos.
“Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets”
( Amos 3:7).
God consistently revealed His intent to introduce His Son to the world via numerous prophets in the Old Testament. Moses, for example, was a prominent figure through whom this divine plan was unveiled.
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear”
The Prophet Isaiah serves as another example, for he, too, was entrusted with the revelation of God’s plan.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel”
Also, through Prophet Micah
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting”
Yet, in the first chapter of the Gospel, according to St. Luke, when the Angel Gabriel delivered this extraordinary news to Virgin Mary, she was taken aback and questioned the herald of this profound revelation.
“How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God”
( Luke 1:34-35).
Humans comprise three components: the spirit, the soul/mind, and the body. The physical body serves as a vessel for the spirit and the soul, embodying the true self. Human birth occurs when the fusion between male and female results in a fully developed embryo.
It’s undeniable that the Divine Creator abides by His own edicts.
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease”
(Gen 8:22 ).
This stands true irrespective of phenomena like global warming, earthquakes, times of war, or times of peace.
It’s under these eternal laws of the Divine that the crucial event for humanity’s salvation took place. The seed of womanhood, necessary for the conception of the One who would conquer evil, had to be impregnated. Thus, Mary, a woman of remarkable purity who had earned God’s favour, became the vessel through which His redemptive plan would unfold. The Holy Spirit descended upon her, and she was enveloped by the Most High’s power.
The birth of Jesus brought to fruition the prophecy initially presented in Genesis 3:15. Hence, Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, became the seed of the woman destined to triumph over evil. Simultaneously, His birth fulfilled the ancient prophetic visions of the long-awaited Messiah. This is Jesus, the Son of God, who came to dwell among us.
Whenever His divine lineage was under scrutiny, Jesus remained clear and firm, stating that He was a gift from God. He encouraged those doubting His claim to assess Him based on His acts, which could only be performed by a divine being.
In response to the Jews, who argued that He, as a mortal, was equating Himself with God by addressing Him as His Father (John 10:33), Jesus posed the question,
“do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world,
‘You are blasphemy,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him”
(John 10:36-38 ).
On a separate occasion, Jesus sought confirmation from His disciples regarding their perception of Him. ; “He said to them,
“But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven”
Even under the scrutiny of the Jewish high priests, with His life hanging in the balance, Jesus unabashedly declared His divine lineage,
“Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.”
(in Luke 22:70).
According to the Bible,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “
Jesus, the begotten Son of God, is the physical embodiment of God’s love for us. By acknowledging Him as the Son of God and the Saviour of the world, we are bestowed with the gift of eternal life.
Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and Life – John 11:25
Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life – John 6:35; 6:48
Jesus Christ is the Light of the world – John 8:12
Jesus Christ is the Door to salvation – John 10:9
Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd – John 10:11
Jesus Christ is the Way to God, the truth of God and the real life – John 14:6
Jesus Christ is the true vine – John 15:1
If you seek to know God and establish a relationship with Him truly, you must wholeheartedly accept the authority of Jesus in your life. Through Jesus, we can approach God, comprehend His truth, and experience His divine life. No one can reach the Father except through His Son, as stated in John 14:6. In alignment with this, the Father, who is the source of life, has bestowed upon His Son the ability to give life (John 5:26).
The undeniable truth is that Jesus descended to our world with a singular purpose: to deliver us from the brink of everlasting destruction. It is essential that we acknowledge Him as our personal Savior and Lord in order to attain eternal life. Ignoring this priceless offering of everlasting life translates to sentencing ourselves to eternal damnation alongside Satan and his evil minions.
JESUS IS WHO GOD IS TO YOU AND ME.
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER.