Who is Jesus Christ:
Is He Truly God?
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
Who is Jesus Christ: Is He Truly God? If He is, then let us worship and serve Him! If He is, then we are in good hands. If He is, then Heaven is real and the Bible is true!
If He is truly God and was incarnated, so that He could die for us and redeem us, then His love for us is greater than any and all earthly or human love.
God’s love is beyond understanding or comprehension. His love is beyond the scope of human thought or imagination. His love is truly apodictic, meaning evident beyond contradictions!
CALVARY PROVED GOD’S LOVE APODICTIC!
If Jesus of Nazareth is truly God, as He claimed to be, then nothing is too costly, nothing is too difficult, nothing is too arduous or too beyond human capabilities or reasoning, for mortal man to abandon.
In order to know Him intimately, love and adore Him, and declare His Lordship and Eternal Majesty to a corrupt, idolatrous and dying world, we must first seek Him with all our spirit, soul and mind and become ONE with Him and the Father through the Holy Spirit!
St. Paul wrote: “For through Him (Jesus Christ) we both (all believers) have access by one Spirit (Holy Spirit) unto the Father.” (Eph.2: 18)
The goal for every believer is to get to know Jesus Christ better and to learn to know the Father. Our Lord Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: No man cometh unto the Father but by Me. (John 14: 6)
Only Jesus Christ, through His shed blood, has the power to bring us into the very presence of God the Father by the precious Holy Spirit!
Jesus of Nazareth was truly God the Son, in human flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a Jewish Virgin Maiden and walked among men to show us the love of our Creator, for the sole purpose of securing our eternal salvation by meeting the demands of Divine Justice.
Through His condescending, tortuous sacrifice on our behalf on the ‘Hill of Shame’ the Place of a Skull, called Golgotha, then our love, devotion, and absolute commitment to Him in all things must become our number one priority!
And because He has showered His love and grace upon a perverted, blasphemous and murderous world through the outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon His Church for almost 2000 years, should it not cause sinning mankind to fall down on bended knees, and cry out with the Roman centurion Longinus and his soldiers who crucified our Saviour, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
HE CAME UNTO HIS OWN: THEY REJECTED HIM!
To the bewilderment of political leaders, the animosity of religious rulers and the amazement of His followers, Jesus of Nazareth factually prophesied His vicarious death on the cruel cross, and His glorious resurrection from the dead three days later.
“Destroy this temple,” said our Saviour, “and three days I will raise it up. But He spake of the temple of His body.” (John 2:19,21)
They didn’t understand why He rebuked Simon the son of Jonas, calling him Satan when he tried to dissuade Him from the cross.
“From that time forth began Jesus to show His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and raised again on the third day.
“Then Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him...But He turned and said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, Satan... ” (Matt.16: 21-23)
The High Priest tore his priestly robe, condemning Him to death when Jesus answered: “I AM, and ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven.” (Mark 14:61-65)
The Roman Governor Pontius Pilot was amazed when Jesus of Nazareth did not plead innocent of the crimes accused of, nor ask for mercy. He was amazed at the words of Jesus: “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the word...” (John 18: 31-37)
After His crucifixion, religious leaders requested of the governor to guard the tomb. For they said, “Sir, we remember that deceiver said, while He was still alive, After three days I will rise again.
SEALING THE STONE & SETTING A WATCH!
“Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until the third day...Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way and make it as sure as you can. So they went and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.” (Matt. 27: 62-66)
Three days later, the soldiers guarding the tomb lay unconscious on the ground, and a powerful angel sat on the gigantic stone which had sealed our Master’s tomb.
Long dead saints arose with Jesus and were walking the streets of Jerusalem. Jesus communed with His disciples for forty days after His resurrection before ascending to Heaven to sit on His Father’s right hand. With St. John, we long for His soon return as He promised: “Even so, Come Lord Jesus. We need You!” Amen. Ω