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.
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.