Hey everyone, welcome back to Serenity in The Spirit!
So, we’re now on to Who is God? – Part 3 and this post is going to be about God the Son - Jesus. As mentioned before, God has three identities; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. These three identities are known collectively as the Holy Trinity.
God the Son can be quite hard to get your head around. How can God be the Father and the Son at the same time? This is something that defies human logic and often causes confusion to Christians and non-Christians alike. Personally, I reason this in my head as God being so great and powerful that He simply can be both the Father and the Son. Like I have said in previous posts, God is divine and heavenly which means He is greater than our understanding. Human minds simply cannot comprehend the greatness of the Lord.
Jesus is God in human form. He is sinless – something only God can be, however He suffered - like us.
The bible says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1) it then goes on to say the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us (John 1:14)
So why would God ‘become flesh’ and come down to Earth to live among us? Why would God choose to live life like us; be born, live, suffer and die?
Jesus is an example of how we, as humans, are to live our lives in a way that pleases God. Jesus said: I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you (John 13:15). Through the way Jesus chose to live His life and the parables (stories) that He told, He illustrated (in the view of Christians) the perfect way to live. He displayed qualities such as:
- Love when spending time with those outcast from society
- Patience when He was doubted and denied
- Compassion when He saw a crowd of people wanting to learn from Him despite Him and His disciples being extremely tired
- Mercy when a woman who had led a life of sin came to wash His feet
- Self-discipline when being tempted in the desert
This list is not exhaustive but is certainly impressive as Jesus didn’t just display these qualities to ‘good’ people. He demonstrated love, patience etc. to those who, you could argue, didn’t deserve it. God wants us to live like this.
Jesus ministered (taught people about God and His Word) for around 3 years of His life. During this time, He performed many miracles including healing the sick, bringing life to the dead, walking on water, turning water into wine etc. Not only was He a kind and loving person, He made a physical difference to the world with these acts in the time He was alive. But miracles are still happening, the work of the Holy Spirit (which I will talk about in my next post), is still happening.
In addition to the reasons I have already written about, Jesus came to save us from death and to forgive our sins. Many may argue that this is the most important reason for God to come down to Earth. I’m sure the majority of those reading know the Easter story; Jesus was arrested, nailed to a cross, He died, then 3 days later He rose from the dead. Whilst this is the story in a nutshell, there is so much more to it than what is often portrayed, if it is even portrayed at all (chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies often take the spotlight in our society).
Jesus dying on the cross is a symbol of the death of our sins. In short, this means Jesus died so that our sins could be forgiven. As humans, we all sin daily but God despises sin because it is what separates us from Him (Isaiah 59:2) and as I have mentioned before God desires nothing more than to have a relationship with us.
Without the death of Jesus, we would all be carrying around the heavy burden of sin. This does not mean, however, that we should do as we please because if we sin, it will be forgiven – it is very important to not take God’s grace for granted. But, when we do sin and we are truly sorry and repent, God will forgive us no matter what we have done.
I could easily write a whole series on Jesus and His life but I will end this post here. If a Jesus series is something you are interested in though let me know in the comments, on social media, personally or on Curious Cat. Also feel free to give any general feedback and/or prayer requests.
Thank you for reading and I hope this post provided a better understanding of who Jesus is and His importance. I pray those who are struggling with sin can find an example in the life of Jesus Christ and I pray those who are racked with guilt for anything they have done can find comfort in the death of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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