Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Sit for a moment and reflect on what the words “Jesus Christ” mean to you. What emotion/s does your heart evoke when you think about Him? Are you filled with joy at the thought of His imminent return? Do you get a glimpse of God in Him?
Jesus was there. He was with God at the beginning (John 1:1-4), God loved Him before the creation of the world (John 17:24), and the New Testament reveals the God of the universe in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14). The words ‘Jesus Christ’ are not a first and last name as some are led to believe; they’re actually a name and a title. The name Jesus means “the Lord saves” or “Jehovah-Savior” and Christ means “anointed one”; it was derived from the Greek word for Messiah.
“I am the true vine
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Jesus willingly and humbly came to earth to be sacrificed for our sins (Philippians 2:5-8). Had it not been for Him, we wouldn’t have had a chance at salvation, and we wouldn’t have had a chance to be a part of the God family (Hebrews 2:10). When Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies that were written before His arrival here on earth, many people had no idea Who He was (John 8:53). Sadly, it is the same situation today. Many of us still have no idea Who our Savior is.
Jesus is the pre-existent Word (John 8:23), Who later became Christ, and was sent to earth by the heavenly Father in the flesh (John 3:17). He came here to do the will of His Father (John 4:34) and He now sits in glory and majesty with His Father (Hebrews 8:1; 12:2). He is the Mediator between God and mankind (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the reason why we can confidently approach God’s throne (Hebrews 4:14-16). He is the Son of Man (Matthew 16:13) and the Son of God (Matthew 16:16) and through Him, we can understand God for He reflects the Father (John 14:9; Hebrews 1:2-3).
I love talking about our Savior at any opportunity that presents itself. I’ll just leave a few things I’ve learned about Christ while reading/studying the Word:
^ Jesus is THE ONLY means by which mankind can approach the Father (John 14:6).
^ He is Eternal Truth and the Source of eternal life (John 6:50-51; 11:25-26).
^ Jesus not only died for our sins, so we could be reconciled to the Father, but He is our Creator given that “all things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16).
^ Jesus was sent to earth by the heavenly Father (John 3:16-17; 34).
^ He is returning as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! (Revelation 19:16). Revelation 20:4-6 paints a clear picture of what the Thousand-Year Reign with Christ looks like, but His reign will continue even past the Millennium as it’s a forever one (Isaiah 9:6-7). If you haven’t repented as yet, now is the time to do so, for God doesn’t want you to be left out of His family.