A great number of people who consider themselves to be Christians, to be honest, are not really sure just what they believe or why they want to serve Jesus. To follow Jesus is a serious undertaking. To make a decision to be His disciple requires that one know some things about Him (Jn. 6:44, 45). Every person needs to know at least four things about Jesus.
Jesus made us—He is Creator. John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (Jn. 1:1-3). John 1:14 identifies “the Word” as Jesus, the only begotten of the Father. Colossians 1:16,17 declares, “For by him [Jesus] were all things created…all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” No amount of evolutionary teaching can change the truth that God’s Son created all things.
Jesus died and rose again for us—He is Savior. Jesus did not come just to make the world a better place or to simply raise the standard of mankind’s moral concepts. He came to save people from sin and the horrible punishment of hell! “…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (1 Tim. 1:15; 1 Jn. 4:14). Thanks be to God “that Christ died for our sins” (1 Cor. 15:3), and “…we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7). Just as Jesus predicted, after He was buried “…he arose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:4). What does His resurrection have to do with us? He “…was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Rm. 4:25). Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven (Mk. 16:19).
He has authority over us—He is King. After the resurrection, Jesus told His apostles, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them…teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” (Mt. 28:18, 20). Jesus has all authority. He is the head of His church (Eph. 1:22, 23), so in all things the church is to be in subjection to Him (Eph. 5:24). To put it another way, Jesus is now King over His kingdom, which is simply another designation for His church (Col. 1:13).
He will determine our destiny—He is judge. Jesus said, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (Jn. 5:22). Paul added, “…we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:10) because He “was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick [living] and dead” (Acts 10:42). What a thought: the One that created us, died for us, rose from the dead for us, and rules over us, will one day judge us!
A wise man wrote in a book, “…with all thy getting get understanding” (Prov. 4:7). To which we might add, “with all thy understanding, understand Jesus.”
By Roger D. Campbell — (This item originally appeared at House To House (July/August 2003 Vol. 8 Number 4))