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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Who Is Jesus?

I'm on Jeopardy and one of my opponents chooses a clue. "I'll take Biblical Characters for $500, Alex."

The clue appears on the board and Alex says, "According to the Bible, he is the Son of God."

I buzz in first and give my answer. "Who is Jesus?"

The audience applauds and the game goes on.

I've never actually been on Jeopardy, but, if I was and gave that answer to that clue, I would be correct. Jesus is the Son of God. But that is not all that He is.

Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35). When the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, God provided food for them in the form of manna, so that they would not go hungry (John 6:31). God gave us Jesus as our "manna." With Jesus in our lives, we will not go hungry. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). Just as a flashlight or a torch helps us to find our way in the darkness, Jesus is the light that helps us to find our way out of the darkness of sin. He lights our path showing us the right way to go.

Jesus is the resurrection and the life. When we come to Him, when we turn from our sins and give our lives and our hearts to Him, although we still die a natural death, we will have eternal life with Him (John 11:25). Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He provides the pathway, salvation in Him, for us to follow to our heavenly Father. God is Truth and Life, and Jesus is God made flesh, sent so that we can come to the Father. Jesus is the only way to salvation and the only way to the Father (John 14:6).

Jesus is the good shepherd. A shepherd is willing to lay down his life for his sheep. We are the sheep and Jesus is our shepherd, who willingly gave His life for us (John 10:11). When we are part of Jesus' "flock," Jesus knows us and we know Him (John 10:14). Most importantly, Jesus is the promised Messiah, born of a virgin. Not only was He sent by God, but He is God, one of three persons in the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He was sent to earth so to give His own life as payment of the penalty for our sins.

So, yes, Jesus is the Son of God, but thanks to the amazing love and grace of God, He is so much more to those who believe in Him, to those who follow Him and trust in Him as Lord and Savior.

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