Who is Jesus?

There’s been some dust-up on the Internet recently about, “Christ is King.” Is He? We need a clear picture of Jesus today. Not a dream or vision your cousin had, or The Chosen TV show (which is based on the Bible but not very biblical). The atheist Richard Dawkins now says he is a “cultural Christian,” being “Christian without Christ,” if that’s possible – NOT! Last week a man from Clarion County, PA, claimed he was Jesus and was arrested after threatening to kill his family. Who is Jesus?

Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords in Revelation 17 and 19. More than that, He is the ruler of all the kings on earth, in Revelation 1:5. Also in Revelation 1, He is the Alpha and Omega, the one who is and was and is to come, the faithful witness, and the firstborn of the dead. He loves His people and freed them from their sins by His blood. He made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, and to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever, amen. He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so, amen.

Jesus also revealed who He is in the gospel of John. He is the great, “I am,” as when God revealed Himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14, “I am.” Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. I am the light of the world. I am the door, and I am the good shepherd. I am the resurrection and the life and the way, truth, and life. I am the true vine. Before Abraham was, I am.” And He told Pilate in John 18, “My kingdom is not of this world.” This is who Jesus is.

The author of Hebrews in chapter 1 tells us Jesus is, “the heir of all things, through whom also God created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” Jesus is greater than Moses, a better rest than the Sabbath day, the greatest high priest of a better covenant, a better temple, and a better sacrifice.

You’re going to have to reckon with who Jesus is. Who is He? A good teacher or nice person? He claimed to be King and Messiah; if He isn’t, He’s a liar and NOT a good teacher or nice person. Many people don’t know who He is. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross (Colossians 1:15-20).”