The Most Awesome Person Who Ever Lived

Jesus

By Charles F. Stanley
  • December 24, 2017

Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth on Christmas, worship and bow down to Him as our Lord, and pray in His name. To us, He is the most awesome person who ever walked on earth because He is God’s Son. Scripture refers to Jesus with many titles: Messiah, Son of God, Savior of the world, reigning Lord, ruling Judge, and returning King are just a few of them.

Jesus’ names describe His attributes and His mission.

King of Kings

Son of God

Lamb of God

Rose of Sharon

Lord of Lords

Great High Priest

Morning Star

Prince of Peace

Wonderful Counselor

Immanuel

Word of God

Prophet

Alpha and Omega

Therefore, if Jesus is who Scripture says He is, we should believe Him, follow Him, serve Him, proclaim Him, know Him through God’s Word, and love Him. When we do this, it will impact every aspect of our lives.

We can learn a lot about Jesus by simply paying attention to how His name is used in Scripture:

  • His name is above every name. “Every knee will bow” and “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11). Even the world’s tyrants who have rejected Jesus and want to control everything will one day fall to their knees and be forced to admit that He is the Lord.
  • His is the only name by which we are saved (Acts 4:12). There is salvation in no one else.
  • His name indicates His mission as deliverer. An angel gave his name to Joseph: “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).
  • Jesus is called the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16). He came from the heavenly Father and is one with Him.

Jesus had a specific mission while on earth, which also tells us a lot about who He is. Consider the reasons He came:

  • To reveal the Father. Jesus told His disciples, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Because He was God, everything Jesus did and said revealed the Father’s nature and works.
  • To redeem mankind. Jesus came to offer Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Now everyone who believes in Him, repents of sin, and confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior will be saved.
  • To assure us of life after death. When Christ overcame death and rose from the grave, the issue of eternal life was settled once and for all. Without His resurrection, we’d have no hope of life after death and no confidence that all that Jesus said was true.
  • To promise us resurrection. Because Jesus was raised up, we can be sure that we too will be resurrected when He returns (1 Cor. 15:20, 51-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
  • To give us abundant life (John 10:10). All that we have in Christ is beyond our understanding. He’s given us His amazing promises and is continually working in and for us.

Today, Jesus is seated at the Father’s right hand, making intercession for us (Rom. 8:34). Jesus also abides within our hearts (vv. 9-10). At the moment of salvation, His Spirit came to indwell and seal us as His. Now we abide in Him and He in us. How will you be worshipping Him not only this Christmas, but every day?

This article is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message “Who Is This Man Called Jesus?” which airs this weekend on TV.

Related Topics:  Worship  |  Sovereignty  |  Gods Love

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9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

9 Jesus said to him, Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father'?

20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.

55 O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?"

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;

57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

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