WHO IS JESUS?

31st January 2013 by Bill Davis

Yes; Jesus is the Son of God. To understand the “Person”, we should look to what He taught.

Matthew 5:44 New International Version (NIV); “I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan. He explained how a man was lying beaten and injured beside the road. A priest and a Levite each saw the man and crossed to the other side not being willing to stop and help. But then a Samaritan came where the injured man was and when he saw him, he took pity on him and cared for him. You see, the priest and the Levite looked at the injured man and thought: “If I stop, what will happen to me?” The Samaritan came where the injured man was and thought: “If I do not stop, what will happen to him?” Then the words of Jesus:
Luke 10:37 New International Version (NIV); “Go and do likewise.”
One of the greatest examples of who Jesus is can be found in the gospel of John. Jesus continues with His teachings.
John 15:12-13 New International Version (NIV); “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
This is a description of Jesus. It is not about sinning, religion or the law. It is about loving someone so much you would be willing to suffer and die for them. Tiffany Wismer once wrote about Jesus: “He initiated a unilateral covenant with Himself to save us, and lifted us up out of the place of condemnation.” Wismer went on to write: “Well, let’s be honest. Christians aren’t that great at loving each other all the time, are we? We can be pretty arrogant and rude sometimes. We aren’t patient. We can be very irritable and resentful. And we probably rejoice at wrongdoing a lot more often than we care to admit.”
Now, what does this mean? What is happening when a Christian shows a lack of love? What does it mean when we fail to do the commandment that Jesus said would characterize our lives as being as His?  Jesus was not at all afraid to acknowledge sin. But instead of being so judgmental, He wants us to be loving. Instead of condemning, He wants us to show freedom through our love. He gave His all for us without fear of retribution, persecution or death. That’s how Jesus loves and shows who He is. That’s how we should love each other.
Bill Davis

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