The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
The Who is This Man series impacted me as I hope it did you.
In this series we looked at the impact that Jesus had on human history, human condition, and our understanding of the obligations of one human being to another. But there is so much more. The more you study, the more you take in, the more you reflect, the more you marvel at Jesus. The more you get your arms around who this man is, the more you want to drop to your knees and worship the risen Savior.
Who is this man? Paul beautifully describes him in Colossians 1:15-20: “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. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For 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 image of the invisible God. God in the flesh. Everything was created for him. Everything we see, the beaches, the ocean, the trees, the animals, the solar system, and everything we can’t see such as gravity, air, the laws of the universe was created by Him and for Him and through Him.
He’s holding all of creation in place. He’s got the whole world in his hands, sure, but that song doesn’t even scratch the surface. Jesus has everything in his hands. He’s keeping the Earth orbiting around the sun and He has counted the hairs on your head. (Luke 12:7)
He’s the model for the resurrected life. One day, all Christians will have perfect and glorified bodies. Every believer is getting airbrushed and photoshopped and remade how we were meant to be, after the pattern of Jesus.
The fullness of God was pleased to dwell in him. That means all of God was shoved into a human frame. Fully God and fully man, all in one human form.
All of this, and He reconciled us to God by his death and resurrection. He died for our sake. He made it possible to be at peace with God through his sacrifice. And all he requires is accepting Him as Lord and Savior.
My efforts and my words, or anyone for that matter, fall far short of describing Jesus. The Apostle John said “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)
To really know who Jesus is, we have to stop imagining him from a distance and instead stop and worship and serve Him as He so richly deserves.