Letting Christ Transform You From The Inside Out

Who Is Jesus Christ?

How Can We Get To Know the Heart, Character, and Identity of Jesus Christ?

  1. Listen to what eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ said about Him.
  2. Listen to what Jesus said about Himself.
  3. Look at the various names and associated descriptions given to Jesus in the Bible.
  4. Consider Jesus' resurrection from the dead.
  5. Consider Jesus' miracles.
  6. Consider the numerous predictions made about the coming of the Messiah and whether or not he fulfilled them.
  7. Look at this in-depth study of Jesus via the Gospel of John.

After looking at all the above, consider the following:

Jesus has been called a liar, a lunatic or the lord (the Son of God as he claimed). Thus, he was either lying, delusional, or telling the truth. No one else has ever made these claims or predicted his own death and resurrection.

Question: In the context of all you have read about him, which of these labels seems most true to you?

  1. Listen to what eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ said about Him.

    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by 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 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.

    Colossians 1:15-20 (Written by Saul/Paul of Tarsus to the Christians living in Colossae)

    In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, through whom he made the universe. 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. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

    Hebrews 1:1-4 (Written to the Jewish Christians - possibly by Paul)

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

    The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only begotten Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the only begotten Son, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.

    John 1:1-4,14,17-18 (Written to all people by the apostle John of Zebedee)

    The reason the Son of God (Jesus) appeared was to destroy the devil's work.

    1 John 3:8b (Written to all Christians by the apostle John of Zebedee)

    God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord (King) and Christ (Savior/Messiah).

    Acts 2:36 (Written by Luke the Doctor, stated by Simon/Peter Bar Jonah the apostle)

    Additional Eyewitnesses Claims About Jesus:

    Friends - Peter in Acts 2:42

    Family - Mary, his mother, in Acts 1:14

    Enemies - Chief priests and elders in Matthew 28:11-15

    Skeptic - Thomas in John 20:24-29

    Persecutor of Christians - Paul in Acts 22:1-16

  2. Listen to what Jesus said about Himself.

    While speaking with Pilate, Jesus said:

    "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place"

    John 18:36-37

    While speaking to the Jewish people, Jesus said:

    "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own, but he sent me. ... I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I AM."

    John 8:42, 58

    While speaking to the Jewish people who intellectually believed he was sent from God, Jesus said:

    "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. "

    "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    John 8:31,32; John 6

    Jesus also claims the following about himself:

    • He is GOD
    • He is the WAY to God
    • He is the Christ (Messiah) and Son of the Blessed One
    • He is the fulfillment of the law
    • He is the judge of all men
    • He is the one whom your response to will cause you to either rise or fall
    • He has the power to forgive sin
    • He accepts Peter's statement about him being the Son of God
    • He will come back in power (as King)
    • He is the "I AM" - See Exodus
    • He is ONE with the Father (God/ Abba)

    Additional Scriptural Support:

    • Matthew: 5:17, 7:21-27, 9:1-6, 16:15-17, 24:30-31
    • Mark 14:60-64
    • John:8:54-58, 10:28-30, 14:6-10

  3. Look at the various names and associated descriptions given to Jesus in the Bible.

    Use the Bible reference on the menu at the bottom of the page, or use a concordance to help you with these terms.
    • The Word of God
    • The Light of the World
    • The Morning Star
    • The Bread of Life
    • The Good Shepherd
    • The Lamb of God
    • Emmanuel (God with Us)
    • Prince of Peace
    • Almighty God
    • Wonderful Counselor
    • Everlasting Father
    • The Way
    • The Truth
    • The Life
    • The Author of Our Salvation
    • Son of God
    • Son of Man
    • The Alpha and Omega
    • Redeemer
    • Deliverer
    • Savior
    • King of Kings
    • Lord

  4. Consider Jesus' resurrection from the dead:

    1. Mark 8:31-32, Mark 10:32-34. Jesus predicts his resurrection.

    2. Acts 2:32. The message of the resurrection was at the heart of NT preaching.

    3. Had the story of Jesus ended with his death, it is highly unlikely that any of us would have heard of the man.

    4. Without the resurrection, the church would never have begun. It would have had no message - no "good news" - no "gospel". The word gospel means good news. The NT would never have been written. There would have been no need.

    5. Key Resurrection Scriptures:

    1 Corinthians 15:14 - it all depends on the truthfulness of the resurrection

    Luke 24:17-21 - after his death the disciples thought it was all over. "We had hoped he would redeem Israel."

    John 20:19-29 - The disciples did not find the idea of resurrection easy to accept, but Jesus produced the evidence.

    Acts 1:1-3 - The disciples tremendous faith in the resurrection was built through repeated experiences over a period of 40 days.

  5. Consider Jesus' Miracles

    The accounts of his miracles are a crucial part of the story of Jesus found in the gospels. There are accounts of miracles at almost every turn.

    John 20:30-31. He did many miracles even beyond the ones reported in the gospels.

    Four important points:

    1. He demonstrated his miraculous power in many different ways and over the following:

    illness- Mark 1:29-31, Mark 2:1-11

    nature - Mark 4:35-41, Mark 6:45-51

    demonic beings - Mark 1:32-34

    hunger - Mark 6:35-43

    death - Luke 7:11, John 11

    2. His severest critics did not deny his miracles, but claimed these miracles were done using Satan's power. See Matthew 12:22-24

    3. Jesus said, "Don't believe me unless I can back up my claims with miracles." John 10:37-38, 14:11

    4. The reason people did not follow him was NOT because he couldn't perform miracles. Rather, they were either afraid of the religious authorities (who were intimidating people at that time who followed Jesus and threatening to kick them out of the Temple) or they were afraid of losing theirposition of power over others (they saw Jesus as a threat to their comfortable way of life). Or, just sheer laziness and ignorance - refusing to go and listen to his message, refusing to check out what others were claiming about him, and refusing (if you were a good Jew) to check out the scripture that talked about the coming Messiah that all of Israel was waiting for! See John 12:42

  6. Consider the numerous predictions about the coming of the Messiah and whether or not Jesus fulfilled them.

    Isaiah 9:6-7. The Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, foretells the coming of "one from God" who will set up an eternal kingdom. The NT shows that Jesus sees himself not only as the fulfillment of this prophecy, but also of many other OT prophecies.

    More prophesies to come...