About Jesus

Who was Jesus? Who is Jesus?

Jesus said "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30). Jesus, also called the "Word," existed with God from the beginning, and actually was the Creator as explained in John 1:1-3: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." Here are a few other verses showing Jesus existed with the Father even before the creation, and was the One through whom creation took place:

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. (spoken by Jesus,  in John 17:5)

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds (Hebrews 1:1,2)

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ (written by the apostle Paul, in Ephesians 3:8,9)

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by 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 might have the preeminence. (written by the apostle Paul, in Colossians 1:16-18)

 For several reasons (and according to God's plan, Rev. 13:8) the Word was made human in the form we know as Jesus: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). Jesus said of His mission to mankind: "the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak" (John 12:49). Jesus explained "For I am come down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me" (John 6:38).

Jesus preached the gospel - the good news - of the kingdom of God. Jesus "went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God" (Luke 8:1).

Jesus also fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies, including Hosea 13:14: "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death." Jesus spoke of himself saying "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). Jesus' sacrificial death made available a ransom, a payment of the death the penalty we have each earned for our past sins. By the ransom He made available, we may each be redeemed from our death penalty IF we'll choose to turn from sin: sin that earned us the death penalty in the first place.

The gospel of grace is the good news that redemption, resurrection and eternal life have been provided for us. No amount of works - good deeds - can earn redemption and eternal life: they are provided by grace, by the gift of God. Who gets the grace? Who gets the mercy? Proverbs 28:13 explains:

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Jesus' work of creation is not finished: He promised to lead us, to dwell in us, to walk in us, to abide in us, and to manifest or reveal Himself to us if we are willing to repent, follow and overcome. Jesus finished the ransom on the cross, but His work is not finished. Even now Jesus is at work, creating sons and daughters for the Father's eternal family:

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (Jesus, in Revelation 3:19)

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (the apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 6:16)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (Jesus, in John 15:4,5)

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (Jesus, in John 14:21)

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Jesus, in Revelation 3:21. It is a mistake to assume Jesus "did it all for you on the cross": Jesus expects us to follow His example and overcome, just as He overcame!!!)

After His resurrection Jesus appeared to His disciples: "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth" (Matthew 28:18). Jesus said "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father" (John 5:22,23). Jesus has authority over all creation, and has been authorized to judge all men. We can relate to Jesus as we would to the Father; the Father has given Jesus all power over us.

Jesus promised to return. When He returns He will fully assume over all the world the authority God has given Him. Isaiah 2:4 is one of many prophecies about His kingdom:

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Jesus will remain in full authority until His work is done, then He will return all authority back to the Father:

Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:24-26)

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