Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus is a real live person. He is also much more. Imagine
God becoming a man, so He can walk among people, experience what they
do, and teach them truth and wisdom. That describes Jesus as He lived
physically on earth. In the Bible we see much of His human side. We get
to know what His personality was like during the early first century.
We also see His divine side in many ways. When we pray and spend time
with Him, we can get to know what He is like today, in person.
Jesus is the greatest super-genius in existence. He is the Creator and the sustainer of life. Jesus is so beautiful on the inside. Millions of people think He is more beautiful than any other person. There is nobody more deserving of our respect, love, praise, and worship than Him. He is majestic and powerful, but He is also friendly, loving, fun, and enjoyable even to people like you and me. He is knowable. People can meet Him, greet Him, and be sweet to Him. He is the most loving, caring, strong, and wise person ever to exist.
In mathematics, the value of one rarely equals three, but
not so with God. There is only one God and Savior. He is a Father, a Savior,
and a Comforter in our lives. He once told a man named Moses that His
name is YHWH (in the Hebrew language), which translated means “I
Am” or “I Am that I Am”. The name “Jesus”
also means “I Am”, but with a little more. The name “Jesus”
means “I Am is Salvation”. The Comforter I mentioned is a
real person too. He is often called, “The Spirit of I Am”
in the Bible, which gets translated “The Spirit of the Lord”.
If you are new to this, please don’t get hung up on
trying to understand it all right now, especially if you tend to think
in mathematical absolutes. The laws of mathematics were designed by this
same God. They do not govern Him. He governs them.
One of the things that drew me to Jesus is that He died on the cross to remove the separation between God and Me. I was told that when I received Him as my Savior, I could have DIRECT CONTACT WITH GOD! Wow. That cinched the deal. It turned out the person who said this to me was right.
Why do we call Him Jesus Christ? The word “Christ” is a title, like the word “President”. The word “President” means the person who “presides” over a group of people. “Christ” means the person who delivers, saves, and leads God’s followers. For my country there is only one President. A presidency is temporary. For all time and all people, there is only one true Christ.
Jesus is someone who already knows and loves you just the way you are. Read His story in the New Testament, how he was born, grew up, taught people, and died, resurrected, and ascended into Heaven. Read all the wise things He said and see all the good things He did. That is the best way to begin understanding who Jesus Christ is.
The Holy Spirit can reveal the personality of Jesus directly to your heart when you are saved. The interesting thing is that after you believe in Jesus as your Savior and have relationship with Him, many of the things you did not originally understand will start to make better sense. You start to become a spiritual person, and therefore spiritual things make more sense to you.
Even before you are saved, the Holy Spirit can start making Jesus real to you. The night I first heard about receiving Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior, I went home and I could feel Jesus on the doorstep to my heart, on the verge of coming in. Out of fear and selfishness, I didn’t let Him come in until three days later. The Bible mentions a phenomenon of coming to Jesus because the Father is drawing you. I was a person who actually felt that take place three days before I got saved. I didn’t know yet that the Bible had a name for it.
In one of the opening statements to this website, I suggested some words to say in prayer to be saved by believing in Jesus. They included, “Please come into my life and make yourself real to me.” If you really want to know who Jesus is, that prayer will start the ball rolling.
What Does Savior Mean?
Salvation means the state of being saved. Once we “get” saved, we “are” saved, and we are in a state of salvation. Our English words for salvation and salvage have the same root word. Imagine you find an item in a trash heap that you know you can clean up and enjoy. Then, you offer to buy it so you can make it a prized possession. When you do so you have salvaged the item. When you experience salvation, it is like being saved from the trash heap, cleaned up, fixed up, made new, and placed in the hands of Jesus. You are made like new. When you start relationship with Jesus, you are in the process of being cleansed, fixed up, and full of purpose. He makes your life a beautiful thing. Some have said He is making each of us His masterpiece.
Some people think they don’t need to be rescued or salvaged. They don’t want anyone to try and help them. Those people are not as wise as people who recognize everyone sometimes needs others to come along and offer some assistance. The same is true of letting Jesus be your personal Savior. Let Him through His Holy Spirit come along and be your Helper.