29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” (John 10:29-30)
When we learn to accept the Bible’s presentation of Jesus Christ’s full identity, our perception of who we are becomes clearer and smaller, our fear of God and our fellowship with Him richer, for it is the Person of Jesus Christ that transforms intimately and globally. Meaning, Jesus Christ’s entrance into the world did not just mean the crucifixion of our sins and the reconciled relationship between God and humanity; what was given to us from the Father was Immanuel incarnate, the second Godhead and due to the incorrect and simplification of the presentation of the gospel we do not fully recognize who we serve.
“9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
In God’s due time, Jesus shall return and when He arrives, everyone shall bear witness to Jesus Christ’s identity in fullness. For the world sees Jesus only as a baby born in a manger, the Son of Man and Son of God, and yes those things are true and necessary foundations for salvation, but they are not the complete picture of Christ, it is only half the story.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.—ISAIAH 9:6 NASB
Jesus came to earth to rescue humanity, so we may serve Him as He reigns eternally. What Isaiah is prophesying is not just Christ’s physical introduction into the world but the totality of who He is and how seeing Jesus Christ fully deepens our faith in Him and our understanding of the Christian life. This verse expands who Christ is. The government will be on His shoulder, meaning the reigning authority will be His right, and He will have absolute power and control to do as He pleases.
- Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. He provides rich, rich folds of knowledge and insight about the inadequacies of human nature. His earthly life was not an embarrassing mark on His deity, quite the contrary His time encased in flesh enhanced his understanding of the fallen human condition. No one can counsel like Jesus or hold a candle to the wisdom He provides.
- Jesus is Mighty God. Jesus and God are One. They work together, always in unison and agreement, never out of alignment. Jesus is the physical form of God and His marvelous works glorify God. Throughout scripture, God promises to smite all those who rejected the Son, Jesus. Jesus is Mighty God. From the divine attributes to the outlandish displays of supernatural power, to flawless moral character, Jesus is God and when we are communicating with Jesus we are getting to know God too.
- Jesus is the Eternal Father. Once again, the prophecy reiterates Jesus’ unbreakable bond with God the Father, with the One True God. Jesus says, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.” Because Jesus is the incarnation of God, the same Person, a different form for Jesus is the living Word, the embodiment of Truth. There are no differentiating attributes between God and Jesus both are unfathomably kind, compassionate, their mercies unwavering and the commitment to goodness can not be rivaled. They are the same Person, everything Christ does is a reflection of God and a demonstration of His love towards us.
- Jesus is the Prince of Peace. You can establish peace in two ways: 1.) Creating the opportunity for people to rise above their circumstances through spiritual means. Often, Christians are not delivered from adversity, yet the Holy Spirit teaches us to trust in the Lord’s wisdom and count on His faithful love to help us endure. And 2.) Destroying the enemy or disruptor of the peace and Jesus does this as well. He crucified our sins. Our sins kept us from having a relationship with God; it is our sins that caused the fall of humanity. Jesus put to death the power of sins over those who place their faith in Him as Savior and Lord and when He returns Jesus will send Satan and his demons into the lake of fire forever. Afterward, Jesus will reign eternally in an age of peace absent of anguish, death, grief, suffering etc.
So, when, “Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”—JOHN 14:9 It is the truth. To know Jesus is to know the Father. Because the revelation of Jesus Christ is to know they are one. Jesus is God. He is the Way and the more we spend time with Jesus, pursuing Him, and fixing our eyes on Jesus as we run this race the greater we know Him.
There are times in everyone’s life where Jesus asks us too: “Don’t you know me?”
This is a rhetorical question. Because the Bible presents us a detailed, complete profile of Jesus, who is our Savior and Lord, and God, Himself.
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