Who is Jesus? That may seem like an odd question, but let’s consider it for a moment. Who is Jesus? There are so many ways to answer that question! He was a carpenter. (Mk 6:3) He was a Nazarene and a man from the tribe of Judah. (Matt. 2:23; Heb. 7:14) But these answers don’t really get to the heart of who Jesus is. Think about the Gospel accounts that we have, and ask yourself the question – who is Jesus? Here are a few answers from the Bible.
He is our deliverer from the bondage of sin. (Rom. 6:4, 17- 18) In other words, He is our savior. This may be the most important thing we can understand about Jesus. God sent Jesus out of His love for man because it was only through the sacrifice of Jesus that we could be saved. (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 1:16) Now through that salvation we have freedom from the bondage of sin.
He is our king. (Heb 1:8) If this is the case as the Bible has stated then as our king, He is owed our loyalty and obedience. Since He is our Savior and King, we must be servants of righteousness. Is that the desire of our hearts and minds? Sometimes it can be commonplace for us to complain about our leaders, but we have no reason to complain about Jesus as our king. Only cause for rejoicing. (Phil. 4:4)
He is a mediator between us and God. (I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34) Under the Mosaic Law the only person who could mediate or intercede between man and God was the High Priest and that itself could only happen one a year on the Day of Attornment. (Lev. 16) Now Christ is the one who make intersessions for us and does it constantly.
Jesus is a lot of things, but these are some of the most important characteristics for us to understand. Jesus didn’t want us to be lost, so He provided a way for us to be free. We have a king that understands our struggles and rules over us righteously. And Jesus provides an avenue for us to go directly to God. Jesus wasn’t just a man who lived two thousand years ago. He is the beginning and end. (Rev. 1:8)