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Senior Pastor Frank Douglas


 

The Question At Advent - Who Is Jesus?

(Selected Passages)

Can Christmas mean anything if we do not correctly answer the question, who is Jesus?   This question is the most fascinating question throughout the history of the world and the Christian Church.  I am sure you have thought about this question and have wrestled with the answer.  There are many answers which have been given to this question.  We have all heard the rhetorical answers to the question:  Who is Jesus?  Some Christians might have given answers such as:  Jesus is my rock.  Jesus is my shield.  Jesus is my all in all.  Jesus is everything.  Jesus is the one who supplies all my needs.  It is apparent these are superficial answers to this question.  However, without a Biblical and theological basis for the answer to the question, every answer is contrived and irrelevant. 

As we study the selected passage in John 7, there are several questions concerning Jesus within the passage.  It is evident Jesus is never motivated by the human need for acceptance.  Jesus does not impose Himself on any person.  As the Son of God He came to fulfill His Father’s will.  Jesus always work in alignment with God’s will, purpose and season (“kairos”).  In John 7: 8, John uses the Greek word “kairos” to denote time (season) that is suitable, right or an opportune moment.  Jesus draws a contrast between God’s season (“kairos”) and humans’ season.

In other words, Jesus operates on God’s schedule not human schedule.  Jesus is saying to His brothers He is in subjection to God’s schedule.  His seasons are in the Father’s hands, not His own and certainly not in the hands of His Galilean brothers.  He will “go up to Jerusalem” only if, and only when the Father dictates.  There is a lesson we must learn from Jesus:  God’s plan is always perfectly in alignment with His Decretive Will; always attuned to His karios and always on schedule. We must work in alignment with God’s will, purpose and season (kairos).  This is the same lesson Paul teaches us in Galatians 4:4-5:  “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (NKJV) 

In John 7, the authorities seek Jesus within the crowd at the feast.  There is complaint among the people concerning Jesus’ identity.  There is incongruence about Jesus’ moral character.  Some in the crowd see Jesus in a positive light and state:  “He is good.” (vs. 12)  Jesus’ identity is misconstrued as being unethical (vs. 12-13).  Some assess Jesus as an unethical character: “No, on the contrary.  He deceives the people.” (vs. 11)  This is a serious question about Jesus’ moral and ethical character.  Jesus never gives people a negative impression about his moral and ethical character, yet some people form a negative perception about Him. 

So, what is your answer to the question:  Who is Jesus?  Might I suggest that the same fascination the Jewish authorities had in September or October AD 29, is the same fascination people have with Jesus today.  Jesus is loved and admired by many but is also hated by many.  Some people call Him good but others believe that those who are followers of Jesus Christ are deceived!  As a follower of Jesus are you deceived?  The resounding answer is “No.  I am not deceived.  I believe in Jesus.”  Jesus was never concerned about what people thought of Him.  Neither should we be concerned about people’s opinion of us.  As followers of Jesus, we ought to be assured that we believe in Jesus, the Son of the true and living God.  Therefore, we should not acquiesce to the opinions of cynics but retain our belief in Jesus, the Son of God.  Like the Apostles in the early Church, when asked the question: Who is Jesus?  We must be ready to affirm our faith.

Jesus’ identity as the Son of God supersedes His ability to perform miracles.  Similar to the people in Jesus’ earthly ministry, some are following Jesus for the miracles.  But Christians follow Jesus on the Biblical truth that Jesus is the Son of God.  Jesus is more than a miracle worker.  Jesus is the Son of God who restores not just the physical but spiritual life.  Jesus sustains not only our healthy life in this present age but He gives eternal life.     

Can Christmas mean anything if we do not correctly answer the question, who is Jesus?   What is the answer to the question:  Who is Jesus?  I will answer this question by reviewing the Biblical and theological lessons from the passage in John 7.  The theological lesson:  Jesus is the only Son of God.  God is missional.  God the Father sent Jesus, His Son into the world to be a Missionary, the Messiah and Master.  It is my Biblical and theological position that:  Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, who came from God for the purpose of saving people from their sins (John 7:28-29).  Jesus came to save you from your sins.  This is the Gospel (good news), we proclaim during the Christmas Season and throughout the year.  May you answer the question with conviction, that God the Father sent Jesus into the world to be a Missionary, the Messiah and Master.  Go ahead and confidently spread this Gospel truth.

Pastor Frank Douglas

Lead Pastor






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