“… who do you say that I am?” – Mark 8:29
For over two thousand years people have asked this question. Who is Jesus? While Jesus was on the earth he was many things. We know that Jesus was a carpenter, we know that he spent time learning a trade and that he had a job that he picked up from his father Joseph. We know that he existed, no one argues with that. What about the other things that are said about Jesus? Some call him a prophet, others call him a revolutionary. Other people when asked the question might call Jesus a very very god man. He’s been described as troubled before as well, and has even been accused of being a myth. How can we know for sure who Jesus truly is?
Jesus in the Book of Hebrews
The book of Hebrews describes a very detailed answer to this common question of, “Who is Jesus?” We start in the beginning of the first chapter which declares that Jesus is superior to the prophets that came before His earthly ministry (Heb1:1-3). This is a huge statement the author of Hebrews makes. He is speaking to the Jews who, at this point in time, only hear from God through the prophets. To open his letter with something so outrageous as to claim that Jesus is superior to the prophets is by no stretch of the word, immense. Reading further into the book of Hebrews, the author tells us that Jesus is greater than many things. He is greater than angels, greater than Moses, than the high priests of that day, and greater than any sacrifice made in the tabernacle.
Jesus the Ultimate Sacrifice
Before Jesus’ crucifixion, man had to sacrifice an animal that was perfect so that his sins could be covered or absolved. That blood was still just blood however, it was goat blood, or maybe sheep’s blood, or perhaps it was dove blood. Modern science teaches us that if there were ever a question about the parentage of a child, you could take a blood sample from that child and match it with their father. An animal’s blood is animals blood, it could not cover an ocean of sins. The only blood that could do that, was the very blood of God, which ran through the veins of Jesus. Jesus left that very blood of God on the altar in heaven when he died so that no one would have to face eternal death.
So what do we take away from this? What is our response to this Jesus? We know that he is our new Moses, who sets us free from bondage. Jesus tells us that we don’t have to be slaves any longer. We know from Hebrews that Jesus is our great High Priest, that he intercedes for us with God, that he prays for us and cares for our spiritual well being. We also glean from the Bible that Jesus is greater than any sacrifice that was made or ever will be made again.
So who is Jesus? The Bible makes a powerful case for him that he is the Son of God, the author and the finisher of the Christian faith!
Read Hebrews in a good translation, my favorite is the New Living Translation, and pray that He would reveal himself to you more and in a deeper way.
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity