Who Is Jesus?

It is Easter week and many people around the world are going to be celebrating this week but what does it mean?  Is Easter a celebration of spring and bunnies and dyeing Easter eggs and baskets of Easter candy and Easter egg hunts and the Easter Bunny?  Is Easter a time of family gatherings where small gifts and candy are given to little children on Easter morning left by the elusive Easter Bunny?  Many in the world celebrate Easter with such things but that is not the real reason for Easter.  The true meaning of Easter week is to honor the memory of a horrific and yet beautiful week when God’s Son Jesus Christ was put on trial and found guilty enough by man’s standard to be put to death on a Roman cross.  Thankfully that is not the ending of the Easter story because Jesus was the first to be raised from the dead three days later, the first to be victorious over death and that is why we Christians have hope.  But there is more to this story of who Jesus is.  Take a look at who Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is and what He can do.

But Yeshua answered and said to them: “Timeless truth I tell you: The Son cannot do anything of his own will, but the thing that he sees The Father is doing; for those things that The Father does, these also The Son does like him.  For The Father loves his Son and he shows him everything he does; greater deeds than these He will show him, that you may be astonished.  For just as The Father raises the dead and gives them life, thus also The Son gives life to them whom he will.  For it is not The Father who judges a man, but he has given all judgment to The Son That everyone should honor The Son as one honors The Father. He who does not honor The Son is not honoring The Father who sent him.

Timeless truth I speak to you: “Whoever hears my word and trusts in him who has sent me has the eternal Life, and he comes not into judgment, but he moves from death into Life.

Timeless truth I speak to you: The hour is coming, it is even now, when the dead shall hear the voice of The Son of God, and they who hear shall live.  For just as The Father has The Life in himself, so he has given also to The Son to have The Life in himself.  And he has given him authority to also do judgment because he is The Son of Man.  Do not be astonished at this, for the hour is coming when all who are in the graves shall hear his voice, And they shall come out: those who have done good things, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil deeds, to the resurrection of judgment.

I cannot do anything of my own will, but according to that which I have heard, I judge, and my judgment is just, for I am not seeking my will, but the will of him who has sent Me.  John 5:19-30, (Aramaic Bible In Plain English).

Jesus or Yeshua the Aramaic name for Jesus, describes pretty well His relationship to God His Father and the duties He is given by God.  Notice that Jesus can’t do anything on His own but can only do the will of God.  They are so close and have a wonderful relationship working together but Jesus only does the things God desires to be done.  Since Father God can raise the dead and bring them back to life so can Jesus.  We also learn in this passage that God no longer judges people’s hearts and motives but has given that task to Jesus His Son.  Jesus will judge the living and the dead and determine whether they love God or don’t love God.  Jesus will determine whether a person honor’s God or doesn’t honor God.  Jesus will be the one who decides who goes to heaven and who goes to hell.  Jesus has been given this authority by God.  Notice, however, that one condition for going to heaven is that a person not only honors God but also honors Jesus.  If you say that you love God but do not love Jesus then you will not be in heaven.  God has put this condition into action that we are to love and know and honor Jesus just as we love and know and honor God.  Our reward for loving Jesus as we do God is that we won’t be judged but will be given eternal life!  I love that, don’t you?

A time is coming when all the dead will rise from the dust of this earth and when that time comes Jesus will be the one raising them up.  There is a purpose for the human to be brought back to life and that purpose is to judge who goes to their eternal reward of heaven and who goes to their eternal punishment in hell.  Notice one important fact here.  Jesus will be the one judging but Jesus can’t do anything that God has not ordained to happen.  Jesus clearly states that He can do nothing without God’s permission.  He only does the will of His Father.  So who is Jesus?  He is a faithful Son of God, He is powerful and will judge fairly and righteously because God has given Him that task to complete.  There is much we can learn from this relationship between God and Jesus.  We can see that Jesus is a servant to His Father God.  We can see that God has given much power to Jesus.  We can see that God trusts Jesus and Jesus trusts God.  We can see that there is a loving relationship between Father and Son.  We can see how we are to respond to Jesus and to God with honor, love, trust, and the hope of salvation from judgement.

Search the scriptures, for in them you hope that you have eternal life, and they testify concerning Me, And you are not willing to come to me that eternal life may be yours.  I do not receive glory from the children of men.  But I know you, that the love of God is not in you.  I have come in The Name of my Father and you do not receive me, and if another shall come in his own name, you will receive him.  How can you believe, who are accepting glory one from another, and you are not seeking the glory of The One God?  Do you think that I am accusing you before The Father? There is one who accuses you: Moses, the one in whom you hope.  For if you had trusted Moses, you would also trust me, for he wrote about Me.  And if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”  John 5:39-47, (Aramaic Bible In Plain English).

My daughter asked me once why I speak more about God than I do Jesus.  Here is the reason.  While I love God and Jesus both with all my heart I also understand that in serving Jesus I am serving God.  In honoring God I also honor Jesus.  As you can see Jesus does not accept glory because all glory belongs to God.  God is the ultimate authority in everything but God gave much of His authority to Jesus.  I will be judged not on what Jesus thinks of me but on what God thinks of me because Jesus will use the criteria set forth by God to judge me and you.  Jesus is my Savior and I hope He is your Savior too.  Jesus can do nothing except that God gave Him the authority to do it.  I can do nothing without Christ and the strength I have to live each day as I ought to live it comes from God but it is given to me through Jesus.  It is Jesus who saves me and so I am eternally thankful to Jesus and will serve Him all my days on earth and into eternity.  To me both God and Jesus are very important but I know that Jesus honor’s His Father and I do also.

Easter is the story of Jesus but it is also the story of God’s love for His only Son.  While it is fun to dye eggs the colors of spring and it is wonderful to have a family gathering I never forget the true reason for this week of celebration.  Jesus was put to death by people who said they loved God, but they really only loved rules and regulations and power and self.  Had they really and truly loved God they would have seen Jesus for who He really is.  I hope you see Jesus too.

Until next time…Katherine

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8 thoughts on “Who Is Jesus?

  1. Jesus is the man who reminded us which commandment is the Most Important One.
    No, it’s not “love” without God – that was the Beatles, Paul and other men……

    Poem – What is love?

    Two men came to Jesus
    With different motivations.
    They asked Him the same question
    Relevant to all the nations:

    Which is the Most Important?
    The answer was the same.
    Jesus did not manipulate
    He was not there to play a game.

    “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
    as He quoted from The Law –
    to fulfill and not abolish
    was His purpose, full of awe.

    Jesus did not make all Scripture
    Into one new great commandment.
    He summarized The Law and Prophets
    “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

    The Love of God is higher
    Than the love of any man.
    Receive from God, give back to God-
    Then to others, that’s His plan.

    The Love of God involves much more
    Than simply “love your fellow man.”
    Worship, trust, and pray to God,
    and obey Him – that’s His plan

    To worship and pray to neighbors,
    Whoever they may be,
    Or trust and obey our enemies
    Would be idolatry.

    The love of God is first and greatest,
    And the love of man is second.
    “All we need is love” are words
    of dead Beetles on the pavement.

    “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
    are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
    It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
    an “accuser of our brethren.”

    “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
    in his chapter to the Corinthians.
    “I will show you the most excellent way”
    is the road to eternal perdition.

    Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
    Nowhere in view of the eye.
    Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
    “I, I, I, I.”

    Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
    Not the words of a Pharisee.
    The words of Jesus are very clear.
    Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”

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    1. Whoa! I was with you until the end of your poem. I don’t see it the way that you do. Paul was saying how he was nothing without the love of God, the love of Jesus. John says pretty much the same thing in 1John as well. Thanks for replying to my blog post but honestly I can’t agree with your assessment of the Apostle Paul. He learned the hard way that Jesus was the way. Katherine

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      1. Dear Katherine
        Happy Pentecost 2017 !

        The question is not how I see things – the question is how did JESUS see things?

        God has not changed, and neither has the text of “The Bible”.
        I am one of “those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” [Revelation 12:17]
        No I’m not perfect without sin, and No I don’t know everything now. I didn’t know everything 7 years ago either – but I have grown and learned new things about God and His Word in the past 7 years, as is normal for a growing believer.

        “God’s commandments” are found in the Law of Moses and the Prophets, which Jesus came to FULFILL, (not to abolish, as the false apostle Paul the Pharisee taught.)
        “The testimony of Jesus” is the voice of Jesus, (The “Red Letters,”) recorded by the 11 faithful witnesses, the True Apostles that Jesus personally appointed and trained for over 3 years. Only 3 of these men wrote Scripture in the Bible – Matthew, John and Peter.

        (Mark was intimately connected with Peter since the beginning of the Church, and he acted as scribe for Peter and other Apostles who were illiterate at in their younger years. Mark could be understood as “the first core teachings of Peter and the other Apostles”. It is an observation of fact that much of Matthew is simply copied from Mark. Matthew built on Mark’s work, using it as a “backbone,” and filling out more background details, and references to The Law, The Prophets, and Psalms, etc. in a meticulous, more comprehensive way.
        Thus, Matthew was providing a second written witness, confirming the testimony of Jesus.)

        In practical terms, regarding texts of the Bible, that means that the most important words are the words of Jesus recorded by The Apostles Matthew and John (closely followed by Mark) – in my view. No one in the pages of Bible ever said that all Scripture is EQUAL. No one. Nowhere.

        My view is very similar to the traditional Orthodox view of the texts of Scripture for almost 2000 years. (Eastern Orthodox). They elevate the 4 Gospels above all other Scriptures, giving the 2 highest places of honor to the Gospels of Matthew and John – and they have a special high place for Revelation too.

        I can back up my view with plenty of Scripture – here is just one, written by the Apostle Peter- 2 Peter 3:2. Peter doesn’t point to himself, or his own words, or “all Scripture” or “The Bible”, Peter doesn’t claim his own words are “the word of God”, and he doesn’t claim that he doesn’t need a second witness. (And Peter certainly doesn’t point to the words of some other man, a Pharisee at that, -Paul- and say that this other man’s word is “the word of God.”)

        You can read Peter’s advice for yourself- then open your Bible to Matthew, John, Revelation, and Mark, and listen to Jesus for yourself!

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    1. Likewise, I hope you will keep studying the words of Jesus, listening to HIS voice.
      Blessings,

      Poem – Looking forward (Rocky)

      Jesus never calls us out
      For what we used to be.
      His voice is so much greater
      Than paul the Pharisee.

      “You are Simon son of John”
      Said Jesus, without elaboration.
      No mention of a cloudy past
      No hint of condemnation.

      No accusation against the brothers
      No comments dark and obscure,
      Writing to the Church in Corinth
      “that is what some of you were.”

      Not the voice of the accuser,
      Boss Paul the Pharisee,
      Telling the redeemed people of God
      About what they used to be.

      Jesus never said right is wrong,
      He never said wrong is right.
      He came so we can turn from darkness
      And into His glorious light.

      “Neither do I condemn you” said Jesus,
      To a woman entrapped by dogs.
      The game the dogs play is the same today,
      Except now they do it on blogs.

      “Go, and sin no more” said Jesus,
      Don’t relive that history.
      Look forward, not back, don’t dwell on your past.
      “You will be called” Rocky.

      Looking forward – Chapter 2

      “I am he who searches hearts and minds”
      says the Risen Jesus Christ
      “Repent and do what you did at first”
      Don’t be lazy since He paid the price

      Yes, Jesus sees our sins today
      Don’t think that He is blind
      But the words of paul the Pharisee
      Will put you in a bind

      Jesus washed away your sins
      Don’t listen to paul the accuser
      paul abandoned the Church in Corinth
      And then paul became an abuser

      When you put your trust in Jesus
      Yes, your stains were white as snow
      You didn’t need to wear a Scarlet Letter
      Everywhere you go

      “I will repay each of you
      According to your deeds”
      This is Jesus speaking to The Church
      Not a business selling felt needs

      For “those who claim to be apostles”
      Jesus said they must be “tested”
      Priscilla, Aquila, and Apollos
      Persevered and were not bested

      They exposed the false teachings
      Of paul the Pharisee
      So the Church in Ephesus rejected paul
      And had a chance to be free

      Bibliography
      All quotes in “Chapter 2” are the words of Jesus, in Revelation Chapter 2

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    2. Dear Katherine
      Thanks for your suggestion. I’ve been studying the Bible as per your exhortation.
      Here is a new poem – all the “quotes” are directly from the Bible.

      The message of The 11 (The narrow gate)

      “The eleven disciples went to Galilee”
      “Where Jesus had told them to go”
      They heard His voice and obeyed His will
      Despite uncertainty down below

      Jesus spoke to them at length
      He wasn’t really a Tweeter
      Only 3 of them wrote Scripture
      Matthew John and Peter

      “Feed my sheep” said Jesus, for though
      “Heaven and earth will pass away”
      I have the words of eternal life and
      “My words will never pass away”

      “Enter through the narrow gate”
      The voice of Jesus through the eleven
      Believe in Jesus “through their message”
      And “eat from the tree of life” in heaven

      Jesus commissioned the eleven
      With “everything I have commanded you”
      “Teaching THEM to obey” Jesus
      And “THEM” means me and you !

      “The command given by our Lord and Savior”
      Is not a Pharisee speaking alone
      It came rather “through your apostles”
      Matthew Peter and John

      If a Pharisee boasts proudly
      Those men added nothing to my message
      He doesn’t speak for Jesus
      His words are nothing more than garbage

      Bibliography
      All “quotes” in “quotation marks” are from the writings of the Apostles Matthew John and Peter in the Bible, mostly the “Red Letter” words of Jesus. [Matthew, John, Revelation, 2 Peter – NIV]

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    3. I’ve been studying the words of Jesus in Gospel of John….

      Jesus “The Good Shepherd” is my Pastor

      Jesus is The Way to God
      The real Jesus of the real Apostles
      But false teachers come and pervert God’s Word
      With twists and turns and jostles

      “My sheep listen to my voice”
      Jesus said for us all to hear
      “I know them, and they follow me”
      He doesn’t run when a wolf appears

      He “calls his own sheep by name”
      It’s not the witchcraft of a distant stranger
      Not just repeating the magic words
      And then thinking you are out of danger

      Our Father in Heaven wants to talk to you
      He can hear you loud and clear
      And He sent His Son Jesus to inhabit the earth
      So that all who want God can draw near

      Real prayer is a conversation
      At least that’s what God wants it to be
      We talk in the garden in the cool of the day
      When we are part of His family

      Only Jesus never disobeyed God
      He’s the only immaculate conception
      The Holy Spirit comes in His Name
      Don’t listen to the voice of deception

      If a false apostle preaches
      I became your father, imitate me
      He doesn’t speak the words of God
      It’s just Boss Paul the Pharisee

      And if a heretic now claims to be
      The Church’s universal pastor
      His words should be ignored
      They lead to nothing but disaster

      Jesus did not just teach The Way
      He IS The Way, my friend
      Repeating the mantra of Marypaulhammad
      Is nothing but a dead end

      Bibliography – all “quotes” in “quotation marks” are the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John chapter 10

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      1. Matthew, you are obviously a nice guy but the truth is I will never agree with you that Paul was a heretic so why not just stop posting about it here. Thanks!

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