What difference does it make who Jesus is? Why should we take Him seriously? The way we answer these questions will deeply impact our belief system, mold our character, and influence our lifestyle. They will also determine where we spend eternity.
Jesus identified Himself as the Son of God and stated that He and the Father are one. In other words, whoever has seen Christ has seen the Father (John 10:30; 14:9). Conversely, those of us who long to know God must draw near to Jesus-He alone reveals the Father.
The Son of God was sent here to give His life as a ransom for many. The purpose was to rescue us from slavery to sin and prepare us for our heavenly home, where we'll spend eternity. Notice that in describing His mission, Jesus said He "did not come to be served, but to serve" (Matt. 20:28). Those who belong to Him are to imitate His life of service.
Jesus testified that He does exactly as the Father commands (John 14:31). This, too, is an example for us. His life of obedience shows us how to please God. Jesus knew why He came, and He did what was asked in order to glorify His Father (John 17:1). There's a plan and purpose for every one of us as well, and we likewise glorify the Lord by our obedience.
Matthew 28:18 gives another reason to obey: since Jesus said, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth," we are to live in submission to Him.
Do you believe Jesus' testimony? If so, thank Him for the difference He has made in your life. Then share with others how knowing Him has impacted you.
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