Who is this Jesus? (Part 6)
Greetings precious people, I hope all is well with you. In todayís article I would like for us to continue looking at who Jesus is. Over the past weeks we have seen a number of characteristics which describe the Person of Jesus Christ. He is kind, compassionate, slow to anger, full of grace and mercy, and much more. Being that He is God having come to us in the form of a man, the Man Christ Jesus, it is safe to say that if we want to know who God is, all we need to do is look at the Person of Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us this very thing Himself in John 14:7-11, Jesus said, "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves."
If this were the only verse that addressed the fact that Jesus is God, then there would be much reason to question such a thought, but it is not. A number of Scriptures in both the Old and New Testament attest to Jesus being God. In Isaiah 9:6, we read of Jesus Christ, "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Then in Colossians 1:15-20, "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross."
These are but a few of the many verses that make clear Who Jesus is. I know that in past articles this has been addressed, but I mention this again to help us understand another characteristic concerning Jesus Christ that also makes up His whole person. It is that of Judge, just as in the Old Testament we see God involved in judging and bringing judgement, we also see Jesus Christ the Righteous Judge, judging and bringing judgement.
I have heard many times over the years those that say such things as: "I donít like the God of the Old Testament, Heís too mean. I like the God of the New Testament better." The truth is, the God of the Old Testament is not different than the God of the New Testament. God has not changed over the years. He is still the same yesterday as He is today, there is no variation or shifting of shadow in Him.
There are numerous examples of God acting as Judge in the New Testament. One of the most important examples of judgement that often escapes peopleís attention is when God judged sin at Calvary. God judged and condemned sin, our sin, in Christ Jesus as He hung upon the cross. In Romans 8:3 we read, "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh." And in 1 Peter 2:22-24 we read, "Who (Jesus) committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth"; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed."
Many view the crucifixion of Jesus Christ upon the cross as a picture of the great love with which God loves us, and it is. But it is also a picture of the hatred He has for sin. God hates sin. Sin is what separates man from God and God hates it.
We also see God as Judge and delivering judgement in other instances in the New Testament. In Acts 5:1-11, we read about a husband and wife who came under the judgement of God. "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God." Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?" She said, "Yes, for so much." Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things."
We read in John 5:21-27 that Jesus Christ will judge all. "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man."
In the Book of Revelation we read of how Jesus will judge a Christ rejecting world over a period of seven years through various plagues, then return to set up His righteous kingdom. We are given this description of Jesus in Revelation 1:12-17, "And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead."
This person whom John saw was the risen glorified Jesus Christ. Many of the articles of clothing and descriptions given of His physical characteristics are symbolic of judgement.
Jesus will not only be the Judge of those that have rejected Him, but also those who have placed their faith in Him as Lord and Savior. To the unbeliever, Jesus will judge their sin. To the believer, Jesus will judge our life, what we have done for Christ, in other words, our works, our life as a Christian. In 2 Corinthians 5:10-11, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences."
Dear ones, if you havenít placed you trust in Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of your life, do so right, donít wait another minute. The Bible tells us that it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Put your trust in Him and you will never have to experience the judgement of your sins.
If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine