In my message yesterday I wanted to show that down through history people have viewed Jesus in different ways. Some have seen Him as He is, while others have seen Him as a threat or from a wrong perspective.
When we look to the Bible we find the right response and reaction to Jesus. This is the view that we should hold as Christ followers, especially at Christmas. There are four main ways the Bible speaks about Jesus.
1. Jesus is a child for us all who was the promised Messiah.
More than 700 years before Jesus was born Isaiah said this about Jesus.
Isaiah 9:6 – For a Child is born to us, a Son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Jesus was a child who was long waited for. There were over 300 prophecies about Him coming, what He would be like and what He would do. According to studies fulfilling just 16 of the prophecies about Christ in one person alone would be 1 in 10 with 45 zeros after it. That looks like this
But Jesus fulfilled them all.
2. Jesus came into the world to save us.
John 3:16-18 – “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. 18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
Jesus came into the world because of His great love for us. He could not live in eternity without You. He came to save us.
3. Jesus is the one we can follow.
John 14:6 – Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.
Jesus is the way to salvation. Jesus is the truth among many different paths. Jesus is the way to the Father in heaven. Like the disciples by the lake, we can drop everything to follow Him. And we can trust He will lead us the right way.
4. Jesus is the King who is coming back for His own.
John 14:1-3 – “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me. 2 There is more than enough room in My Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with Me where I am.
A time is coming when the Father will call time of this earth. When He does, Jesus will come back for His own and He will take us to be with Him forever. As regulars here have heard me say many times – when we have been there for 10,000 years, we have only just begun.