"There is no question of what we are to make of Him, it is entirely a question of what He intends to make of us. You must either accept or reject the story."
– C.S. Lewis
Jesus Christ is God, completely God. He is the second person in the Trinity of the three-and-one God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He existed before all time and nothing in all creation was made outside of Him, “from the highest angel to the meanest worm”. He is entirely divine, almighty and uncreated. Yet in His perfect transcendence, He remains totally human. He is divine and human simultaneously, without suspending one to be the other. We have a man in heaven, familiar with every earthly reality and every temptation. He was called the man of sorrows in Isaiah 53:3. He felt pain and sadness, fatigue and anxiety, He had family, knew shame, ran for his life, had enemies, went to social events and enjoyed his friends.
Throughout the gospels, we read of Jesus healing the sick, lifting up the oppressed, granting forgiveness of sins and even raising the dead. His miracles were mostly done by the power of the Holy Spirit, so modeling to his followers how to walk in a power that is not human or from oneself, even though He was God and sometimes used His divine power to grant forgiveness of sins. This highlights the significance of Jesus’ baptism, where the Holy Spirit came and rested upon Him.
He is the King above all kings and all of creation will still bow before Him. (Phil 2:10) He is the great high Priest, “holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens”, who was both the mediator between God and men and the very sacrifice slain outside the city walls on a cross, so that the price could be paid for our sins. (Hebrews) He is also the great prophet, the fulfillment of all prophecy and the very substance of every promise. In these three titles, we see how Jesus was the exhaustive fulfillment of the Old Testament Law and Prophets and the fullness of God revealed in justice and mercy.
This means that Jesus is the only way to the true God. He is our access into the Trinity, as Spurgeon once noted. He did not present “a way to live”. He did not claim to present some fantastic truths. He also did not merely have insight into a great lifestyle. His claim was that He himself was THE way, truth and life. He was either right or a lunatic, as John Stott puts it. If He was wrong we can talk about political incorrectness, arrogance and intolerance. If He was right, we are forced to a T-junction with our very lives.
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. Heb 1:3
He took away God’s wrath and cleansed us from our sins, which means we are empowered to receive forgiveness for all our sins AND empowered to forgive others for their sins against us. It also means that the sin of others against ourselves can be taken away completely, so the abused and violated can be rid of all filthiness, guilt and condemnation to live free before God and others.
We feed on Jesus. We are told to eat His flesh and drink His blood. This simply means that we are nourished by the person of Jesus in the sense that He is not a mere inspiration, a philosophical idea or a leader of a revolution or an anointed prophet in history. Jesus Christ is the centre of our hope, faith and love. He is called the true vine (John 15:1), our teacher (John 3:2), the living bread (John 6:51).
God is perfect and incorruptibly holy. Man has fallen short of the glory of God and exceedingly sinful. This meant that we could never be with God, since we were kept apart by God’s holy justice. This is where the greatest love story was shown in Jesus. Jesus became the gift who upheld the perfect justice of God in turning away God’s wrath over our sins, by dying on a cross as the spotless Lamb for the sins of others. Jesus is the one who showed God’s hatred of the unholy. He also showed the love of God for the world and He then became the very punishment to reconcile men to God. The sins of men were put on Jesus so that the righteousness of God could be put on men. This is the good news of the gospel; Undeserving sinners receiving the free gift of grace by faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Having received the name above every other name, He will be the only one worthy of opening the scrolls at the judgment day when time ended.
From Acts 17 we see that your response to the idea of Jesus being resurrected (implying the resurrection of all the dead) will probably be one of three; Believing, rejecting or postponing. I pray that you believe. Death precedes life. Dying to our own lives precedes true living. Seed falls to the ground and dies, but then, harvests appear.