Meeting Jesus

C. S. Lewis, author of “Mere Christianity” gives us three choices in answering who Jesus is. The beginning of his quote follows with two of the choices.

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.”

bloglove-699480_960_720The writer of the Book of Hebrews through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit fills us in on the third choice.  Jesus is who he said.

Jesus is the –

  • “Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
  • by whom also he made the worlds;
  • Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person
  • , and upholding all things by the word of his power
  • when he had by himself purged our sins,
  • sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…
  • Thou art my Son … Thy throne is for ever and ever… (from chapter 1)

Son of God, heir of God, Creator, revelation of the glory of God, all powerful, answer for our sins, eternal.

He is –

  • “Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,
  • crowned with glory and honour;
  • that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
  • For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory,
  • to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings …
  • Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;
  • that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
  • And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (from chapter 2)

Jesus is the Son of man – God clothed in flesh – the suffering Servant who bought our deliverance from death. He is the devil’s destroyer. He is our freedom fighter. He is crowned with glory and honor. These verses eliminate C. S. Lewis’s second choice. He cannot be the devil for it is him He destroyed. And Jesus is eternal.

In chapter 3 we are asked to –

“consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession,

Christ Jesus.”

Jesus is the Apostle, the one sent of God to reveal God’s glory (see John 17:3 and John 1:14-18). He is our High Priest, our door to the Father.

  • “Seeing then that we have a great high priest,
  • that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
  • For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;
  • but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin …
  • Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
  • And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
  • Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” (From chapters 4 & 5)

As our high priest, Jesus is the –

  • “hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that which entereth into that within the veil;
  • Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec …
  • but this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
  • Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him,
  • seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
  • For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;” (from chapters 6 & 7).

Jesus is our sure hope – author of our salvation –  the way to the Father. He is able to save. He is holy. He knows what it is to be human.

Jesus is –

  • “the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises …
  • I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord:
  • For all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
  • For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (from chapter 8).

Jesus fulfilled the old covenant ushering in the new whereby we can personally know the Lord and our sins are remembered no more.

Jesus is our high priest who takes us into the holy place of the new covenant.

  • “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
  • Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us …
  • he is the mediator of the new testament that by the means of death …
  • For Christ has not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself,
  • now to appear in the presence of God for us.” (from chapter 9)

Jesus is the way into the holy place of God. He is standing in for us until He brings us home.

Jesus will appear again.

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;

and unto them that look for him

shall he appear the second time

without sin unto salvation.” (9:28)

Jesus is this man –

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,

sat down on the right hand of God;

For yet a little while,

and he that shall come will come,

and will not tarry.”

(from chapter 10)

He is seated on God’s right hand with all power and authority. It is only a little while until He comes. He will come and He won’t be late.

The faithful before Christ saw the promises of God by faith.

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth …

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

God having provided some better things for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” (from Chapter 11)

Jesus is the Provider of the better things – the better revelation of the Father, the better promises of the new covenant, the better high priest, the better sacrifice, the better hope of a better glory.

Why would we want to look to another when –

“we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;

who for the joy that was set before him endured the shame,

and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (12:1-3)

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.

Chapter 13 brings us to this conclusion –

  • “The Lord is my helper,
  • and I will not fear what man shall do unto me …
  • Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever …
  • We have an altar …Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”

Jesus is our unchanging helper and the altar upon which we fall for sanctification.

C. S. Lewis’s quote ends with –

“You must make your choice.

  • Either this man was, and is, the Son of God,
  • or else a madman or something worse.
  • You can shut him up for a fool,
  • you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or
  • you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God,
  • but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

58 thoughts on “Meeting Jesus

      1. Would you mind sharing where Jesus states He is not God? I ask this because there are several stating his equality with God, him being the express image of God to us, him being eternal, and even the heavenly Father’s testimony of him being his beloved Son. Which would mean either God the Father is wrong or Jesus is wrong. Thank you for your comment and if you would for sharing your reference.

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      2. In John 8:40, but now you are asking to kill me, while I am a man who has spoken to you of the truth that I heard from God.
        In this text he says that he is a human being, and in other texts he says that he is the son of man, so how do you think that he is God even though the Bible denies the divinity of man and the son of man, so it says in No. 23:19 that God is not a man and he lies Or the son of a human being regrets
        In John 5:30 I cannot do anything of myself as I hear I am judged, and my judgment is just because I do not seek my will, but the will of the Father who sent me

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      3. Jesus is God in the flesh. Only one perfect could die for our sin. The Son is equal to the Father yet under His authority. Yet the Father has given him all authority. As the Son of man it means he came and was born of a woman but we are told the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and so that, “holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35. And we both agree there is only One holy and that is God. My God just happens to be one God manifested in three persons.

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      4. I know this is the way it seems. And honestly I’m not sure I can explain the Trinity in a way another would understand. All I know is there is one God who is made himself known in three entities, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three have one power, one purpose, and one character. Jesus made it clear to his disciples Thomas & Philip that if they knew him (Jesus) they would have known the Father and upon seeing him (Jesus) they had seen the Father. They are three in one Godhead. If I could fully explain God, He would be no greater than I – then we would all be in trouble. So, we are left with a choice to believe the scriptures showing this truth or to deny them. Know I am praying for you to have the understanding you need to know truth. The Bible tells us Jesus is the truth. Study him and seek understanding. He will give it to you.

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      5. I’m not sure what you’re asking but if it’s whether I believe in the Trinity or not, I do believe in the Trinity. I just don’t know how to fully explain the Trinity other than it’s the Christian belief of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – 3 in 1.

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      6. I imported her pagan religions that were surrounding them, or moved from the religions they had before they entered in Christianity. Many of the book said that the tortet was in many areas before Christians claimed.

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      7. Who is the her and them in your comment? I will offer one more less than perfect but understandable explanation of the Trinity. I sometimes liken the Trinity to the way the United State’s government is set up. It is one government with 3 branches – executive, legislative, and judicial. The one government works to one end – unite the people for the good of each one. Love for the country and each other holds us together.
        Again it’s not a perfect example for those running the country are imperfect people but it’s the best I can do. The important thing to remember is God gave his Son to die in payment for our sin. He died, rose from the dead, ascended to the Father and sent those who receive Him the Holy Spirit to dwell in the believer. He is our strength, teacher, comforter, and guide pointing us to the Father.

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      8. I respect your right to believe what you will. What we need remember is what you or I believe doesn’t change the truth. It is not my place to change your beliefs or you my beliefs. That business belongs to the Holy Spirit of God. According to God’s word we will find truth in Jesus Christ for He is the truth. And this too is based on our acceptance that the bible is the inspired word of God. I will continue to pray that truth will be our guide.

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      9. I have every confidence I will have no regrets for God is my confidence. Jesus tells me in John’s gospel that He is the truth, the way, and the life. And no one comes to the Father but by him. I hope to see you on the day I stand before the Father with Jesus.

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      1. I would encourage you to read the Gospel of John. It is written for the very purpose of showing Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and through believing having life through him. I welcome your questions and comments.

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      2. In John 17:20 I ascend to My Father, Your Father, My God, and Your God
        Likewise, the word of the Son of God in the Bible means the believer in God, as evidenced by it was spoken to others
        In John 1:12 and as for those who received him, he gave them authority to become children of God, that is, those who believe in his name.

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      3. Yes, we who believe Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten Son of God who died for our sin and was raised to life on the third day are given the privilege of being the children of God. Through Jesus we are reconciled and adopted into the family of God whereby we can call him, Abba Father. See Romans 8:15-17

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      4. Jesus Christ came as the testimony of God to the people. He came in obedience to God the Father. He had no need to declare to the Father, I Am. The Father declared to us through His witness at Jesus’s baptism and transfiguration who Jesus is. Also Jesus’s character and works declared him to be God the Son. Jesus did declare to the Jews, “I Am” as found in John 8:58. This name of God is the same as revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14. The Jews knew Jesus claimed to be God when he used this name and wanted to stone him. They had wanted to previously in John 5:17,18 when Jesus’s statement made him equal to God. We find we also are given the witness of others in the Bible as to Jesus being God the Son. John chapter 1 makes clear Jesus was God. Isaiah 9:6 prophesied concerning Jesus calling him, “The mighty God, The everlasting Father.” So, as far as I can tell, other than in Jesus’s prayer in John 17, Jesus didn’t declare himself to the Father. He declared the Father through himself to the world.

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      5. Remembering each name applied to Jesus reveals who He is in character. Even the name Jesus reveals “he will save his people from their sin.” He is also known as Christ/Messiah; Lord; Emmanuel/God with us; Branch of righteousness; Bread of life; The Great Shepherd; King of kings and Lord of lords; Redeemer; Saviour; Holy One; High Priest; There are many others and if you want I can list some more such as Son of God, Prince of peace; Son of David; Son of man. Jesus is all of these and more.

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  1. Love that last bullet. Need to hunt out my Mere Christianity and read it. I can’t even remember now whether I was actually ready to understand it when I bought it or not.

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  2. Thank you Donna for compiling all the descriptions, attributes, and accounts of who JESUS is from the Book of Hebrews. This is a “one-stop” document/article, bearing the title of the blog, that we can use to edify on JESUS, proclaim the Gospel, and encourage people in the faith. JESUS CHRIST for me, is GOD, Savior, one of three Members of the HOLY TRINITY, the only way to GOD the FATHER, seated at the right side of GOD the FATHER, took the penalty for all my sins even when He is without a single sin, clothed me with His righteousness so I won’t be condemn, completes my sanctification process, works for my salvation, and loving, merciful, and just. GOD bless you and your family! Stay safe!

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      1. In that quote from the prophet Isaiah Jesus is applying Isaiah’s assessment of the people in his time to the people in Jesus’s day. He is pointing out to them the need honor God with more than lip service. He states in other scriptures that He and the Father God are one. If we honor one we honor both. In the book of Revelation Jesus is proclaimed worthy of worship and in Philipppians 2 God himself has exalted Jesus that at his name every knee should bow of things in heaven and earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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      2. Thank you very much for defending JESUS’ Godhood! JESUS CHRIST is GOD (Colossians 1:19-20) and He shows humility. You are right, GOD the FATHER exalted JESUS, giving Him authority in heaven and in earth and those who doubt Him will end in judgement. GOD bless you more, Donna, you and your family!

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  3. The Lord and Savior, The Messiah, King of Kings and Lord Of Lords, forever always has been and forever will be Jesus Christ. His work is evident in my life and I have no words to express how thankful I am to have him be Lord and Savior over my life forever. It is an honour and privilege to serve him with my life, after all that He went through for all mankind. Thank you for this blog post. God bless and blessings 🙏🏽😊

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    1. 🌸 On the Day of Judgment, Jesus again will free himself from this false attribution. God gives us a glimpse of what he will say when he is asked about why people worshipped him:

      “And (beware the Day) when God will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides God?’” He will say, ‘Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen. I said not to them except what you commanded me – to worship God, my Lord and your Lord…’” (Quran 5:116-117)

      In these verses, God proclaims that ascribing to Jesus the attribute ‘son of God’ or ‘part of a Trinity’ is indeed a great blasphemy. The reason for this returns to the key fundamental assertion that God is Unique and unlike any of his creation; as well as in His Essence, He is Unique in His Divinity, His Attributes and His Lordship. All of the above make up the strict monotheism which He revealed in His Scriptures, from them the first of the Ten Commandments:

      “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:1-3)

      Ascribing a son to God is in clear opposition to that principle for which He created the Creation and sent prophets. God says in the Quran:

      “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (Quran 51:56)

      He also said:

      “And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, (saying), ‘Worship God and avoid all false objects of worship…’” (Quran 16:36)

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      1. From your quotes the Quran and the Bible are at odds. Again I would encourage you to study further this one called Jesus. Ask God to show you which is true. Then decide whether Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God or not. I ask you to do this for it is the most important decision you will ever face.

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      1. I only say what is written in the Bible, which I believe is the word of God. IJohn 4 tells me God is love and He proved that love in sending God the Son to die for our sin. There is no greater love.

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      2. At this point I want to thank you for choosing to follow my blog. I pray through it and your search for truth you will find it. Truly, it is not far from you.

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