Monday, July 30, 2012

The Trinity of Love - "Jesus the Son"

Spirit & Truth
“The Trinity of Love--Jesus the Son”
By Rev. Greg Smith
© 2012

Who is Jesus?  A regular guy--like the song asks, “What if God was one of us?”  Was He a good teacher?  An historical figure and cult leader?  A philosopher or prophet?  A myth?  Was He The Son of God, who takes away the sin of the world?  A lot of people say that they believe in Jesus--but which Jesus do they mean?  It makes a great deal of difference what you mean when you say His name, because the Master said, “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21 NIV).”  In order to do God’s will, you have to know God.  In order to know God, you have to know Jesus, because He said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9 NIV).”

What does this mean?  We believe in one God with three distinct, yet indivisible, persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.  While these three are inseparable, they each relate to humanity in different ways.  Last week, we talked about the nature of God the Father. Today, we’ll ask, “Would the real Jesus please stand up?”  Next week, we’ll meet the Holy Spirit, and discover His plan for your life.

The author of Colossians puts it this way:  “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:15-17 NIV).”  This means that Jesus is the source of all things, and the sustainer of all things.  If you removed Jesus from the equation, everything you know would cease to exist.

Colossians 1:19-20 (NIV) says that “...God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”  The real Jesus is more than a teacher or prophet.  He is the creator and preserver of all life.  He loved all life so much that He gave His own life, that all things that are estranged from Him might be brought near.  And that means YOU!

Have you ever felt distant from God?  Have you ever felt insignificant?  Everything changes when you know that the God of the universe loved you so much that He shed His glory in order to take on frail human flesh, to exchange His everlasting life for your self-destructive sin.  Who is Jesus?  Jesus is the One who gives your life value and meaning by drawing you near to the heart of God.  I hope you’ll trust Him today.

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