Category Archives: Names of Jesus/”I Am” Statements

Jesus Christ – Risen Indeed

Although we study the passion of Jesus, His death on the cross, Easter is a celebration of His resurrection: God brought Jesus back from the dead, proving He’d broken the power of sin and death.

After Jesus died, they took His body down and put Him in the tomb, and a giant millstone was set in front of the cave. The religious leaders, worried that Jesus’ body might be stolen, asked for Roman guards to be posted in front of the tomb. They didn’t want Him coming out!

But of course, He did.

You know the story. But it’s important to remember that Easter is not some memorial to a nice, good religious teacher who lived 2,000 years ago. It’s a celebration of the fact that He is alive today!

I’m living proof—and so are the approximately 1 billion Christians who celebrate Easter. Jesus “was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4 NLT).

Easter is the good news about God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who came as a human baby, born into King David’s royal family line. Four historical records say that after His resurrection He showed Himself to 500 people at one gathering.

Can you imagine witnessing His death and then seeing Him walking around Jerusalem three days later? What an amazing thing!

When Jesus was hanging on the cross, the skeptics and critics mocked Him and said, “If You’re the Son of God, why don’t You just pull yourself down from that cross? Why don’t You just come down and show that You’re really God?”

Jesus had something more spectacular planned. He said, “I’m going to let you bury Me for three days, then I’ll come back to life to prove that I am who I say I am.”

The Way, the Truth and the Life

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

There are many ways to follow and many ways to live one’s life. I’ve tried out many. I’ve tried the ways of selfishness, watching my own back, being as comfortable as possible, and serving myself as much as possible with indulgences and entertainment. I have tried the ways of promoting my reputation trying to gain the praise of man, which often involved wearing masks, lying and hypocrisy. These all left me feeling empty. These ways from the world all promised maximum happiness and pleasure, but, in reality they all resulted in isolation and numbness. They all led to death. The promises and ways for the world are all lies.

Only Jesus is the way. If a person is to truly follow God, they can only do so if they follow Jesus.

Jesus did not say He was “a way” to God; He did not say He “knew the way” to God; He did not say, “He had the way” to God; He did not say He was “the best way” to God. Jesus said, “I am the Way.”

There is no need to look for a way to find the Way. He is the one-way, the straightway, the narrow way, the uncluttered and unhindered way—without crooked places, U-turns, or dead-ends. Every other way is the broad way, the perilous way, and the rough way. All other ways lead in the wrong direction.

Jesus is the right way, the true way, and the only way to God. His way is the highway of holiness, the roadway of righteousness, and the pathway of peace. He is the way to everything good, right, just, and holy. His is the way to love and He is the way of love.

Because He is the Way, you can seek Him, receive Him, follow Him, walk with Him— full of faith, full of hope, full of joy, full of purpose, full of light.

Only Jesus is truth. He tells His followers that He is the source. Without Him, mankind would know nothing at all, and in coming to Him, His disciples arrive at truth itself. We can be confident in everything He says.  

Truth is not information that we must study and learn with our intellect, but Truth is a person that we must receive and know in our hearts by faith. It is not the knowledge of facts that sets us free, it is in knowing the Truth, the Lord Jesus Christ, that sets us free.

Jesus is truly the Truth, the eternal Truth, the absolute Truth. He is not relative truth or cultural truth that is only applicable for certain societies or certain periods of time.

Jesus did not say He “knew the truth;” He did not say He “had the truth;” He did not say He was “one of many truths” that will bring us to God. Jesus said, “I am the Truth.” In Him is no darkness, no deceit, no lie, no error, no exaggeration, no spin, no dishonesty, no pretense, and no pretend.

Jesus is not a half-truth, but the full Truth, the only Truth and nothing but the Truth. There is no need to look for a truth that will bring us to the Truth. Other “truths” will tickle our ears, or try to make us feel good about ourselves, but other “truths” will keep us in the darkness. Other “truths” are clouds of deception that keep us forever wandering, but never finding God or coming to the knowledge of the Truth.

Because Jesus is the Truth, He will speak the Truth—You can open your ears to Him and listen, you can open your heart to Him and trust, you can open your will to Him and surrender.

Only Jesus is Life. He leads to a true life that is full; abundantly full. When we follow Jesus’ way of sacrificial love, humbleness and servitude, we experience life. I thrive when I focus on being a part of His good work; when I allow Him to work through me. I love being useful to Him. I love forgetting about myself and losing myself for the sake of others. This is how we’re designed to live and it’s the way God has marked out for us. I’m so thankful for the multiple chances God gives in welcoming us back to Him.

Jesus is Life and the meaning of life. To live in Him is to be fully alive. His life is the good life, the abundant life, and the undefiled life. His life is deep like a well, mighty like an ocean, and flowing like a river. His life grows sweeter, richer, and dearer to the heart that knows Him and abides in Him. His life is not momentary or fleeting, but forever lasting.

Jesus did not say He “had the life;” He did not say He “knew the life;” He did not say He “will bring us to the life.” Jesus said, “I am the Life.” Jesus is the real life, the true life, the only life that is eternal life. There is no need to look for a life that will bring you to the Life. Jesus is the full life, complete life, abundant life. Other “life” will drain us, deplete us, and wear us down. Other “life” brings us death. Other “life” may help us cope or help us feel good for the moment, but no other life can bring God’s life to us.

To have Jesus is to have the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no need to add anything to Him or to take anything away. It is in Jesus alone that we have the Way, we know the Truth, and we possess the Life that brings us to the Father.

Our belief in the trustworthiness of the Bible rests on our confidence that Christ is Truth itself. Those denying the Bible’s reliability are really denying Christ Himself. If you have friends claiming to be Christians but denying the Bible’s truth, help them see that real commitment to Christ means real commitment to the Scripture’s veracity.

Bright Morning Star

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give youthis testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16

Jesus calls himself “the bright Morning Star” in Revelation 22:16 and “the root and offspring of David.”  This signifies that he is the fulfillment of all the prophecies regarding David and the Messiah who would come from him.  David’s eternal kingdom has been inaugurated and is coming to completion with the coming of Jesus once again to earth.

In Balaam’s prophecy in Numbers 24:17 he says, “A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.” And in Isaiah 60:1-3 we read, “”Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”

The morning star signals the dawn and the beginning of a new day.  Jesus identifies himself as the bright Morning Star in fulfillment of the prophecies of the coming Davidic kingdom that are all about to be fulfilled with his coming again to earth.  The process has started its completion and his coming will finish it.

Jesus is encouraging his church to hold on in the knowledge that he is coming and all that we have longed for will be realized with his coming.  Our hope is not in this world, or in what we get out of this world, but in the One who is coming to get us and make of us a new kingdom that will last forever and reflect His glory forever and ever.

Achor of Hope

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19

What do you hope in? Do you place your hope in money? In the things of this country?    

Hope: to look forward with desire and reasonable confidence; to believe, desire, or trust.

Our anchor of hope is Jesus Himself, who died for our sins and was raised for our justification. The author of Hebrews says, “We have this hope…” It is written in the present tense, meaning we have it now, continuously. When we face our trials, we have it. At our death, we have it. When we’re alone, we have it.

We have Jesus, our hope, as an anchor “for the soul.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that He is the anchor only for the immaterial part of our being; it means that Christ is the anchor of our entire life, both body and soul. Life’s ship is not immune to severe winds, torrential downpours, and catastrophic storms. But we are securely fastened (or moored) to Jesus, who is moored to God, who dwells in the Holy of Holies of the heavenly sanctuary.

Sailors do not see the anchor that grips the bottom of the harbor. But they are certain of their safety because of it. Even so, by faith our anchor, Jesus, though invisible to us, but visible to faith and hope, is in us as the hope of glory. But he is also with God. We have two chains linked together: one is promise, the other is oath. In Jesus our hope is linked to us and linked to God. He is in us, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). He is also with God, for he has entered the heavens and is seated on the right hand of God as our high priest forever to intercede for us.
We are told this anchor is sure. The Greek word means it does not slip. Jesus will not fall asleep and lose his grip on us. He also will not change his mind. Even when we slip and sin, our anchor still holds and grips the solid rock. Our anchor Jesus is steadfast and dependable forever. In the hour of our sickness, persecution, and death, when all other anchors fail, Jesus will hold us fast. As the hymn writer says, “Heaven and earth may pass away, but Jesus never fails.”

When the storm arose and filled their boat with water, the disciples were afraid and cried out, “We are perishing. Save us, O Lord!” Jesus saved them by calming the storm. Even so, Jesus our anchor of hope makes great calm of all our great storms. The peace of God that passes all human understanding shall grip and guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (cf. Phil. 4:7).

He tells us, “Fear not, I am with you. Peace, be still, in all of life’s ebbs and flows.” Jesus, our anchor of hope, has died, risen, and entered the heavenly Holy of Holies as our forerunner, our scout. He arrived in God’s presence on our behalf, that he may bring every one of us to God’s presence, and he shall never fail in this mission. By his sacrifice, he made the way for us to God. He is our shepherd, who guides us and brings us to the Celestial City, to the Holy of Holies, behind the veil to God’s presence.

The mission of Jesus Christ is to bring many sons to glory (Heb. 2:10) and he has done it. He is there already, and we will be there soon, one by one. In fact, Paul says that, in one sense, we are already seated with Christ (Eph. 2:6), for as branches are united to the vine, so we are vitally united with him.
Therefore, fear not, dear ones. Fear not the fiery trials. Fear not your own death. To us, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Phil. 1:21). To us, to depart is to be present with Christ (Phil. 1:23). By faith and hope, fix your eyes, not on the storms of life, but on Jesus our hope, Jesus our sure anchor, Jesus in heaven, Jesus our forerunner, Jesus our high priest, Jesus our atonement.

Is your salvation securely held by the Saviour? Does your faith grip to the Solid Rock or is it gripping onto the traditions of men and religion? This will collapse like a house built on sand. Are you depending on good works through sacraments, penance, baptism and purgatory to get you to heaven? This, again, is building your faith on sand. Christ is the Anchor – His salvation/Gospel is built on the Solid Rock – it is unshakeable – immoveable – impenetrable – and everlasting!

What does it mean to place our hope in Jesus? What would that look like?

It means bank on that hope. Trust in it. Feel secure in it. Be satisfied with it. Long for it the way you long for the coming of the dawn after a long, dark, scary night. There are at least five practical things you can do to move your heart toward “laying hold of your hope.”

Redeemer: He Lives

I know that my redeemerlives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25

You and I were once under the wrath of God, helpless to free  ourselves from the state we found ourselves in. We were enemies of God and we never could have done anything to appease Him.  It was beyond our ability to reach out to Him.

But God, in an act of amazing grace, reached out to us.  He extended His hand in peace by offering His Son to die in our place.  His perfect, sinless Son became our sin and paid the price we owed.  And He set us free.  He redeemed us.  Do you understand the term Redeemer?  Do you realize the weight it carries?

A redeemer is one who buys something or someone back, say out of slavery or bondage for example.  An Old Testament picture of the redeemer concept is given in the book of Ruth (one of my favorite testimonies) when Boaz redeems Ruth out of her widowhood.  Jesus became our Redeemer which means He purchased us at a price.  Now we belong to Him.  We’re His.  But belonging to Christ is where true freedom is found; it’s in Him that we really find life.

No one can ever take us away from our Redeemer.  Once Jesus has paid the price for you, you’re His, once and for all.  We can never lose Him and He’ll never leave us.

Prophet

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers — it is to him you shall listen.” Deuteronomy 18:15

Many people may not realize how specific God was in the Old Testament regarding the coming Messiah. Through Moses, God speaks of a Prophet coming who would be “like me”, meaning that this Prophet would speak as God. The words would be placed in His mouth by God, and His words would be life to those who followed.

Jesus claimed this position as the Prophet. All of Christianity hangs on whether or not this is so. If you can believe that Jesus is the Son of God then you can accept the atoning price of the cross and the empty tomb. If Jesus was just another man, though endowed with special gifts, then Christianity ceases to be about a Redeemer dying, and becomes a treatise on how to live a good moral life.

The Apostle John wrote of Jesus that He was the Word (John 1:1). The disciples that followed Jesus firmly believed that they were not following a mere man, but that all of the Old Testament was robed in human flesh and was walking and talking with them.

Jesus said of Himself, “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father” (John 8:38). These words place Jesus with the Father throughout the Old Testament, seeing all that the Father saw. Again, His words must be either believed as the truth or rejected as a lie.

While seeing Jesus as Savior, Healer, Redeemer and even Friend is not that difficult, it is the title “Prophet” that we rarely equate with Christ. The prophets of the Old Testament were always recalling the sins of the people to them. When Elijah was living in Zarephath, a widow woman and her son were providing for Elijah, as he had provided for them with the miracle of meal and oil. When the woman’s son fell sick and died, she asked Elijah, “What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? Art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?” (1 Kings 17:18) The common perception of the prophet was one who reminded you of all that you had done wrong.

Another common perception is that the prophets foretold the future. Isaiah predicted that Cyrus would allow the nation of Israel to return from the Babylonian exile. It would be a mistake, however, to think that foretelling the future was the primary, or exclusive, role of a prophet. Rather, the prophets were mainly sent by God to be His covenant prosecutors. They were sent to remind the covenant people of their covenant obligations that they had so often forgotten. They foretold the will of God to the people in hopes that they would repent, trust in Yahweh, and fulfill their covenant obligations.

The New Testament prophet holds a different office entirely. Paul wrote that prophecy was to speak to men to “edification, and exhortation, and comfort” (1 Corinthians 14:3). Jesus certainly speaks these three things into all of our lives: he builds us up (edifies), he encourages us (exhorts) and he comforts us with His love and compassion.

Jesus as a prophet performs two tasks. He foretells the future, most notably a future that will be centered on His judgment and reign. He also foretells the will of God by reminding the Pharisees that they have broken the covenant. However, Jesus is also much greater than the prophets of old. For Jesus does not only preach God’s Word and Wisdom to the people, He is actually the very Word and the very Wisdom of God Almighty.

When Christ is made out to be cold and distant and harsh, then He ceases to be the Prophet. Every believer can rest in the sweet words of the Master, and find rest for their souls. Remember, it was Jesus who called all of us to Him, for He would give us rest.

While finding Jesus in the Old Testament, remember that He came not to be an extension of the Old Covenant, but to establish a new and living way. Your Prophet, Jesus is speaking words to comfort you today. Allow His abundant grace and mercy to bless you and go in peace.

King of the Jews

The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. Mark 15:26

There was no other crime charged. He had done nothing amiss. Pilate had satisfied himself of that. He had examined Him, and could find no fault in Him, hence he would not write any charge on His cross but this, that He was the King of the Jews. The rulers objected to this, and wanted him to write that “he said” He was “King of the Jews;” but Pilate would not change a word, and there it stood above His head during all the agony and all the darkness “the King of the Jews.”

Think of how amazing that was. Even in His death, the truth of Jesus’ Godhead rang out before all of the peopled gathered at the cross. The Jewish leaders indignantly demanded that Pilate change the words, but Pilate replied, “What I have written I have written.”

The unbelief of the Jewish leaders did not change a thing; Jesus was and is the King!

So He was. The tablet told the truth, though erected to mock the people. He was the Messiah who had been promised all through the centuries. He was the King of whom David was but the type. He was the Christ who had been foretold by prophets, and waited for age after age by the nation. At last He came. Angels sang at His birth. His life had been one of great blessing and power. He had wrought miracles of mercy all over the land. He had taught, speaking as never man spoke. He had fulfilled all the Messianic conditions. Yet His enemies had rejected Him; and at last they led Him out to Calvary and nailed Him on the cross. Still He was their King:”their King rejected, their King crucified. His throne was His cross; His crown was the circlet of thorns that the soldiers had twisted and wound around His head.

It does not seem to us a kingly hour in our Lord’s life when He hangs on His cross dying, yet really it was the time of His highest earthly exaltation. He spoke of going to His cross as going to be glorified. He was indeed King of the Jews. They crucified their King. He is our King too.

How many people truly believe that in our day? Does their unbelief change the truth in any way? It is easy to follow the crowd in a day when it is not always popular to be a Christian. However, man, in no way, can change the truth. God is God, and man is not!

I encourage you, today, to humbly bow before Jesus, the only true Lord and King. He left His heavenly throne to live a meager existence on earth and to die a death of ignominy. Why would He do such a thing? It certainly is a love we cannot comprehend.

By the grace of God, let us shake of the shackles of the world and lift up our voices in praise to God who sent His only Son, Jesus, the King of the Jews, to Redeem a people for Himself.