Do you know who Jesus is? Have you heard about Him but not quite fully understand? Have you seen pictures painted by artists? How likely do you think they capture His likeness? Does His likeness really matter? What do you think is most important to know about Jesus?
We have heard of God and Jesus. We hear the names Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We may have even heard of the Trinity or three in one. Sometimes, we hear these names interchangeably, which can be confusing. So, who are they?
We may think of the Father as the one who created all things. We may think of Him as the master orchestrator or conductor. We might think of Him as the one who planned everything, putting all things into motion. That may not be as true as we think.
We don’t often hear much about the Holy Spirit, other than He lives inside us, if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior. Yet the Holy Spirit has been the one working throughout human history, interacting with people to prophesy and proclaim God’s Word.
Jesus is referred to as the Son. This is largely due to Him being born of a virgin, even though she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). He lived as a human for roughly thirty-three years, growing as a young lad into a man, spending His last three years teaching, preaching, healing, and raising the dead. He was crucified, buried, and raised on the third day (Romans 8:34).
Did you know that all things were created through Jesus (John 1:1-3, 14)? He existed before time as God’s Word. He put on flesh, becoming human to carry out God’s Will. He came to rescue us from our sinful ways and eternal punishment. He came to be our Savior.
We see in today’s passage that Jesus is the exact representation of God’s being. He is the radiance of God’s glory. He is all-powerful. He is all-knowing. He is everywhere at once. He is always with us. He knows what we need. He is our provider.
Because He was human, He understands. He was tempted. He experienced hunger and thirst. He knows what it is to be angry. He knows what it is like to work. He knows the feeling of something coming that we don’t want to face. We can go to Him with all our troubles.
I pray we all come to know who Jesus is. I pray we know He is always with us. I pray each one of us grows in our understanding of Him. Know that Jesus is your Savior. Know that He understands your troubles. Know He will provide. Trust Him in all things.
Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.