WHO IS THIS?
was early on a Sunday morning in 30 AD when sounds of a great
commotion could be heard coming from the Mount of Olives.
The population of Jerusalem had been swollen by hundreds of
thousands of devout pilgrims who had come to observe the Passover.
This was one of the most important feasts observed by the people
of Israel. It celebrated their deliverance from slavery in
Egypt over 1400 years previous when the firstborn of man and beast
in every Egyptian family was smitten with death. In that
same night God's "Avenger" passed over every family of the
Israelites. They were not spared because they were
Israelites, but because they had applied the blood of the Passover
lamb to the side posts and top cross board of their front doors.
Most of the pilgrims were still
sleeping when they were startled by loud noises. They had
stayed up very late the night before visiting with relatives they
rarely saw the rest of the year. The noises intensified as a
great throng of people burst over the brow of the mount located
across the Kedron valley on the east side of Jerusalem. As
they gazed through still sleepy eyes they saw a man riding a
donkey colt down the road leading to Jerusalem. The people
with Him were cutting branches from trees and casting them along
with coats off their backs, on the road where the donkey would
walk. As the shouting crowd came nearer to the city the
sleepy observers began to understand their words: "Hosanna to
the Son of David! Blessed is He who come in the name of the
LORD! Hosanna in the highest." ( Matthew 21:9).
And then Matthew (21:10) informs us, "And when He had come into
Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, 'Who is this?"
THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION
Perhaps the most important question
raised by devout pilgrims of Israel regarding Jesus was, "Who Is
This?" It is not that they had no opinions. The
disciples were aware that some said He was John the Baptist,
others thought He was Elijah or Jeremiah or one of the prophets
(See Matthew 16:14). There were those who called Him
"Master", "Lord", "Rabbi", and "Teacher". The religious
leaders called Him "a friend of sinners: and "Deceiver".
What really matters is, "What did God and the Scriptures say about
JESUS IS THE ETERNAL SON OF GOD.
The LORD God appeared to Moses in a
burning busy and commissioned him to lead Israel out of Egypt to
Canaan. Moses asked what he should tell Israel was God's
name and God said, "I AM WHO I AM" (Exodus 3:1-15).
Consider well these words of Jesus, "Most assuredly I say to
you, before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58; See
also John 8:21, 24, 28).
In Isaiah 6 we have the record of
Isaiah seeing the Lord God in His glory in the Temple in
Jerusalem. The Apostle John quotes this chapter and tells us
that Isaiah "say His (Jesus') glory, and spoke of Him."
Isaiah (7:14) prophesied,
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold the
virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name
Immanuel" Matthew (1:22, 23), tells us that
the birth of Jesus fulfilled this prophesy and that the name
Immanuel means, "God with us." (See also Isaiah 9:6,
The apostle John begins his gospel by
stating explicitly that Jesus was God. "In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. . .
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His
glory, the glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of
grace and truth." (John 1:1, 14).
On that first Sunday night after Jesus
had risen from the dead ten apostles told Thomas, "We have seen
the Lord". Thomas responded, "Unless I see in His
hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of
the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."
The following Sunday night Jesus appeared again and invited Thomas
to do just that. Instead, Thomas answered, "My Lord and
my God." (John 20:24-28). If Thomas had been wrong
about calling Jesus "My God" Jesus would have corrected him.
John went on to say that this event was one of many things he had
written to encourage his readers to "believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God."
The Apostle Paul revealed that before
coming into this world "Jesus...existed in the form of God..."
(Philippians 2:5, 6 NASV) After entering this world that
"...In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."
(Colossians 2:9) and that one of the characteristics of all
true believers is "looking for the blessed hope and glorious
appearing of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus."
(Titus 2:13). This small sample of many similar Scriptures
clearly reveals that Jesus is the eternal Son of God.
JESUS IS THE SAVIOR FROM THE CURSE
The very name Jesus means "God is
salvation". The angel of the Lord told Joseph to name
Mary's baby son Jesus, "for it is He who will save His people
from their sins." (Matthew 1:21).
JESUS WAS PROPHESIED TO BE BORN OF
Immediately after Adam and Eve had
sinned God spoke this word to the Tempter, "And I will put
enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her
seed. He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His
heel." (Genesis 3:15). Normally, reproduction
takes place when the man's seed fertilizes the woman's ovum.
God was undoubtedly emphasizing that the man who would bring the
crushing blow to Satan's head would have an earthly mother, but no
earthly father. We have already considered Isaiah's prophecy
that a virgin would ear a Son Who would be named "God with us".
In addition, Isaiah 9:6 says the same thing. "For unto us
a child is born unto us a Son is given." When any son is
born it can be said, "a son is born to us", but there is only one
Son of Whom can be said, "a son is given to us". That
Son was Jesus, the eternal Son of God Who was given by God the
Father to the human family to be their Savior.
JESUS WAS PROPHESIED TO BE
RIGHTEOUS OR SINLESS.
He had to be in order to be an
effective sacrifice for sin. And so we are told in Isaiah
53:11, "By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant,
will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities."
(NASV). We are told in Hebrews 4:15, "For we do not have
an High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was
in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." Upon
this sinless One we read, "And the LORD has laid on Him the
iniquity of us all..." (Isaiah 53:6). That
statement is affirmed many times in our New Testament. "He
(God) made Him (Jesus) who know no sin to be sin for
us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
(2nd Corinthians 5:21). "Who Himself bore our sins in His
own body on the tree that we having died to sins might live for
righteousness,---for by whose stripes you were healed."
(1st Peter 2:24). "For Christ also suffered once for
sins, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God..."
(1st Peter 3:18).
JESUS WAS PROPHESIED TO BE A
PROPHET LIKE UNTO MOSES.
Deuteronomy 18:15-19). God said
to Moses, "...I will...put My words in his mouth and He shall
speak to them all that I command him," John records four
occasions when Jesus stated that the words He spoke were not His
but words the Father commanded Him to speak (John 7:16; 8:26, 28,
38; 12:49, 50; 14:10). During His earthly ministry Jesus
fulfilled His office as the Prophet. He clearly revealed the
truth about God by the words He spoke and the life He lived.
One of His names is "the Word" (John 1:1). As the Word He
was with God and was God. "And the Word became flesh and
dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of
the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14).
When Philip requested, "Lord show us the Father and it is
sufficient for us" Jesus answered, "Have I been with
you so long and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who
has seen Me has seen the Father..."(John 14:8, 9).
JESUS WAS PROPHESIED TO BE PRIEST
FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.
(Psalm 110:4) "The LORD has
sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to
the order of Melchizedek." Virtually all branches of
Christianity have under emphasized the High Priestly ministry of
Jesus Christ. This truth is the preeminent theme of our New
Testament book of Hebrews. Here are some of the most
The High Priesthood of Jesus Christ
replaced the Levite priesthood of Israel and the human line of
High Priests that descended from Aaron. (Hebrews 7:11-8:13).
The one sacrifice of Jesus stands in
vivid contrast with the Old Testament priesthood. The Old
Testament priests offered millions of sacrifices that covered sins
for temporary periods of time and could never take away sin
(Hebrews 10:1-4). Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for
sin once for all. (Hebrews 7:27; 9:2-28). Christ's one
sacrifice sanctifies and perfects believers in the eyes of God
forever. (Hebrews 10:9-14).
Jesus is an active Intercessor on
behalf of each believer and saves them forever since He always
lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25) See also
Romans 5:9, 10 and 1st John 2:12).
Under the Mosaic law the high priest
went into the presence of God once each year to represent God's
people. (Hebrews 9:7, 8). With Jesus as our great high
priest every believer may go through Him directly to God's throne
of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
JESUS WAS PROPHESIED TO RISE AGAIN
AND BE A LIVING SAVIOR
"Therefore my heart is glad and my
glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You
will not leave my soul in Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One
to see corruption." (Psalm 16:9, 10). The
apostles Peter and Paul described how this prophesied the
resurrection of Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:25-36; 13:33-39).
Through this living Savior sinful mankind can receive forgiveness
of sins and acceptance into God's family.
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Thomas E Berry
Scripture quotations from NKJV unless otherwise noted
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