11/19/2016 - "Who is This?"
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” Matt 21:10.
It is an interesting question. Jesus was for a while in the middle of these people. He worked many miracles healing sick, feeding thousands of poor and hungry, raising the dead, being the most popular and famous preacher of the Jewish nation, and “the whole city stirred and asked, “Who is this?” Why did they ask this question? Didn’t they know who Jesus was? Or was it that they didn’t want to accept someone who was born in humble conditions (in a manger), from an “illegal” relationship and into a poor family? Their question was not referring to His identity, rather to what He pretended to be – the Son of God – the Messiah.
What about in our day? Do we know who Jesus is? Do we repeat the same mistake of the people from His earthly days when they doubted who Jesus was? We can hear more and more voices around us who say that Jesus was not God; Jesus has a beginning – the time when God the Father created Him; Jesus is not part of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit); Jesus is above angels but under God's position.
If we accept that Jesus was not fully God, if we accept that He was the “second degree” God, if we say that Jesus is just “the Son of God” and not God Himself, Jesus cannot be our Savior. He is not able to do what He promised, “For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it “ John 5:21. In this situation, we have to look for another savior. Only someone equal with God could forgive our sins and give us eternal life.
I choose to believe what the Bible says about Jesus. I prefer to accept the Jesus of the Bible and not a Jesus of the false prophets.
The apostle Paul says that Jesus was God and Savior, “…we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ…” Titus 2:13.
Thomas, one of His disciples, called Him God, a loving and personal God, “Thomas said to him, 'My Lord and my God!' " John 20:28.
John also said that Jesus was God, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1.
Jesus said it about Himself, “I and the Father are one" John 10:30.
If Jesus was God, one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, I strongly believe that He is able to be my Savior. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12.