John 1.10 : "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not, and he came to him, and his people did not receive him. have received, He has given them the right to be children of God, that is, to those who believe in His name."
1-) The name of Jesus Christ.
The name of Jesus Christ is a name and a title.
The name of Jesus in Hebrew "Yeshua" comes from the root "ישע, yod-shin-'ayin", meaning "the Lord saves".
The word Christ in Greek: "Christos" or in Hebrew: "Mashiah" translates to "Messiah" (the envoy of God) or "Anointed" (the one who has received the holy anointing of God). Thus, Jesus Christ means "Jesus the Messiah"; in Hebrew "Yeshua Ha Mashiach".
The use of the title "Christ" implies two functions: those of King and priest. His title ratifies that he is the priest forever and the Great King promised in the prophecies of the Old Testament. This truth allows a proper understanding of Jesus Christ and Christianity.
Acts 10.38 : "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power."
The New Testament clearly presents Jesus Christ as God. The names and titles given to Christ are such that they would not be suitable for someone who would not be God. Moreover, the scriptures also recognize him as God incarnated through his attributes:
- Jesus presented as existing by himself. (John 1.4: 14.6)
- Omnipresent. (Matthew 28.20, 18.20)
- Omniscient. (John 4.16, 6.64, Matthew 17.22-27).
- Omnipotent. (Revelation 1.8, Luke 4.39-55, 7.14, Matthew 8.27).
- Having eternal life. (1 John 5.11-20, John 1.4).
Jesus received the honor and adoration that came back to God alone. Jesus Christ is called the Son of God in all the Gospels. He called himself "Son of Man"; He called God his Father, making himself equal to God.
Titus 2.13: "While waiting for the blessed hope, and the manifestation of the glory of the great God and of our Savior Jesus Christ...."
On many occasions Jesus represented himself in such a way that his characteristics are unique and can only be Divine:
- John 14.6 : "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me."
- John 10.9 :"I am the door: if any man enter through me, he will be saved, and he will come in and go out, and find pasture."
- John 6.33 : "I am the bread of life."
John 11.25 : "Jesus saith unto him, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he die, and he that believeth in me, and whoever lives and believes in me shall not die."
John 8.58 : "Jesus saith unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am."
Jesus is named in the following way "I am" look in detail at his definition:
- "I am" Verb to be in the present of the indicative.
Synonyms for verb être: individual; essence; existence.
-Synonyms of the present participle of the verb to be "being": fulfilling; subsisting; living.
We find this similarity in the Old Testament when God speaks to Moses:
Exodus 3.14 : "God said to Moses, I am he who am: and he said, Thus say ye unto the children of Israel, That he that is called I am sent me unto you.
It is an astonishing definition, going beyond the limits of a finite conception eliminating the passage of time and resolving the past and the future into an eternal present. Yeshua is at once absolute God and perfect man. In the New Testament, Jesus is defined as the true high celestial priest "Melchizedek", the one who by his definitive priesthood replaces that of the old covenant.
Before his incarnation, Jesus was one with the Father, everything shows that he was on earth "God manifested in flesh":
- John 17.5 : "Father, glorify me with yourself for the glory that I had with you before the world was."
- John 10.30: "I and the Father are one." - Jesus is himself called God: - John 20.28 : "Thomas answered him, My Lord and my God!"
Thus neither Jesus nor the scriptures allow the slightest doubt as to the nature of the person of Jesus Christ because, being the Savior of the world, Yeshua was sent by the Father: "And we have seen, and bear witness, that the Father sent the Son, the Savior of the world."(1John 4:14).
1 John 5: "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God, and whoever loves him who has begotten him also loves him who is born of him.We know that we love the children of God, when we love God. and that we practice his commandments."
2-) His coming.
The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth is the landmark of history. It was already announced several times by the prophets and the angels in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Notably in 457 BC, in the book of Daniel based on the prophecy of the 70 weeks (Daniel 9:24). The Messiah was to be born of the family of David. Angels also announced it to Zechariah; to Mary; to Joseph and the shepherds so that they prevented the child from being murdered. Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary in Spirit. God became man in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is his only-begotten Son who is completely perfect and entirely God.
Matthew 3:17: "And, behold, a voice uttered from heaven the words, This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."
3-) His work.
Jesus Christ was a unique man, he was God The Son manifested in the flesh, always doing the will of God his Father, trusting in him against all odds. Humble of heart, the Lord lived the most extraordinary life, he told the truth whatever it costs him. Jesus could not bear to see someone in trouble. He has performed miracles incomparable. He was the most compassionate, kindest, sweetest, most sensitive and most caring man ever known. He loved all people, devoted to everyone, without ever thinking of himself. By his divine nature, Jesus lived a life without sin, He made evil good. The Lord came to save us through the work of the cross by paying the price of our sins, he was obedient unto death. God raised his Son Jesus on the third day.
1 Timothy 2.6 : "For there is one God, and there is also one mediator between God and men: a man, Jesus Christ, who gave himself a ransom for all...."
From all eternity, God the Father had destined His Son Jesus to put on the flesh of man. He would become the man God. This is described in John 1: "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us". Fully obeying God the Father, Jesus stripped himself and took the form of a man (Philippians 2: 7). By his divine nature, Jesus had the unlimited ability to take upon himself the sins of the world. At the cross of Calvary, God the Father poured out his anger on his Son. When Jesus said, "All is accomplished," the just and holy nature of God was satisfied. Jesus died for us, but also for the Father, it is about propitiation. Propitiation basically means satisfaction of a requirement.
Romans 3.25 : "It is he (Christ) whom God has destined, by his blood, to be, for those who would believe propitiatory victim, to show his justice, because he had left unpunished the sins committed before, at the time of his patience, so, I say, to show his justice in the present time, so as to be just while justifying the one who has faith in Jesus...."
The unity between Jesus Christ and God the Father is absolute. He who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God to eternal life. He who refuses Christ, condemns himself to meet him as judge. As long as they have not accepted the Word of God, men who have no personal relationship with God are compared to the dead. In Christ, our soul is attested that we are children of God, we rule over sin and follow Life.
Titus 2.13 : "While waiting for the blessed hope, and the manifestation of the glory of the great God and of our Savior Jesus Christ...."
Conclusion : Jesus Christ is not a religion, but our Lord and Savior. Destined before the creation of the world, Jesus gave his life to take upon himself the sins of the world. Today, Jesus Christ is still alive and accessible. The Lord is our mediator, our Great God offering eternal life to anyone, accepting it honestly in his life. Even today Jesus says: "My Father's will is that whoever discerns the Son and believes in him, has eternal life" (John 6:10). This time of grace will end at the time of its advent and its final judgment.
Romans 8.17 : "But if we are children, we are also heirs: heirs of God, and co-heirs of Christ, if we suffer with him, that he may be glorified with him." Amen!