As I presented people in the Christmas story, I had Zacharias as the prologue, Mary and Joseph as the main characters, the shepherds and the wisemen were the visitors, Herod as the rejecter could be the antagonist in the story, and Simeon and Anna were the afterword. There is one person I haven’t highlighted but I did mention him every day. That person is Jesus. He is the central person in the story; the whole series of events were centered on Him. At Christmas we see Him as a baby, but as most babies He grew up. So who was He?
Before Jesus was born, the angel gave Him two names. Jesus- “. . .you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21b
Immanuel- “THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL, which translated means, ‘GOD WITH US.'” Matthew 1:23b
Jesus is the Saviour of the World
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.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him.
knowing that you were not redeemed
with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless,
the blood of Christ.
1 Peter 1:18-19
Jesus is God in human flesh.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, although He existed in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant,
and being made in the likeness of men.
Being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, a
nd bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW,
of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;
but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works,
so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me,
and I in the Father.
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’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me?
The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative,
but the Father abiding in Me does His works.
Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me;
otherwise believe because of the works themselves.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do,
he will do also; and greater works than these he will do;
because I go to the Father
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets
in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us
in His Son,
whom He appointed heir of all things,
through whom also He made the world.
And He is the radiance of His glory
and the exact representation of His nature,
and upholds all things by the word of His power.
When He had made purification of sins,
He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
having become as much better than the angels,
as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.
The best way to learn more about who Jesus is is to read the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
For those of us who know Him, let us praise Him for being God so that He could be the Saviour. Rejoice in His greatness and in the fact that He provided a way for our salvation.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly
beyond all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works within us,
to Him be the glory in the church
and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.