Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus is a real live person. He is also much more. Imagine God becoming a man, so He can walk among people, experience what they do, and teach them truth and wisdom as a peer.
That describes Jesus as He lived physically on earth. In the Bible we see much of His human side. We get to know what His personality was like during the early first century. We also see His divine side in many ways. When we pray and spend time with Him, we can get to know what He is like today, in person.
Jesus Christ is the most important person in the universe and beyond. Why is He so important? One reason is that He made this planet, all other planets, all the stars, and everything else out there. Jesus is God, but He is also called “the Son of God”. He often called God His Father when he was physically living on the earth. He literally called His father in heaven, “Daddy” ("Abba" in His common language). He told us that He and the Father are one. He wanted us to know His Father in the same intimate way.
Jesus is the greatest super-genius in existence. He is the Creator and the sustainer of life. Jesus is so beautiful on the inside. Many millions of people consider Him more beautiful than any other person. There is nobody more deserving of our respect, love, praise, and worship than Him. He is majestic and powerful, but He is also friendly, loving, fun, and enjoyable even to people like you and me. He is knowable. People can meet Him, greet Him, and be sweet to Him. He is the most loving, caring, strong, and wise person ever to exist.
One of the things that drew me to Jesus is that He died on the cross to remove the separation between God and Me. I was told that when I received Him as my Savior, I could have DIRECT CONTACT WITH GOD! Wow. That cinched the deal. It turned out the person who said this to me was right. I have experienced this direct contact with God thousands of times, and you can too.
Why do we call Him Jesus Christ? The word “Christ” is a title, like the word “President”. The word “President” means the person who “presides” over a group of people. “Christ” means the person who delivers, saves, and leads God’s followers. For my country there is only one President. But a presidency is temporary. For all time and all people, there is only one true Christ, Jesus.
Jesus is someone who already knows and loves you just the way you are. Read His story in the New Testament, how he was born, grew up, taught people, and died, resurrected, and ascended into Heaven. Read all the wise things He said and see all the good things He did. That is the best way to begin understanding who Jesus Christ is.
Who is the Trinity?
If we are to examine who Jesus is, we must talk about the Trinity a little bit. The word "Trinity" was conceived by early scholars to describe the way the bible clearly portrays God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit as one.
In mathematics, the value of one rarely equals three, but not so with God. If you tend to think in mathematical absolutes keep in mind that the laws of mathematics were designed by this same God. They do not govern Him. He governs them. The same applies to the laws of physics and nature.
are some insights to help give you a comfort level with a three-in-one
God. There is only one God and Savior. He is a Father, a Savior, and a
Comforter in our lives. God once told a man named Moses that His name
is YHWH (in the Hebrew language), which translated means “I Am”
or “I Am that I Am”. The name “Jesus” also means
“I Am”, but with a little more description. The name “Jesus”
means “I Am is Salvation”. The Comforter I mentioned is a
real person too. He is often called, “The Spirit of I Am”
in the Bible, which gets translated “The Spirit of the Lord”.
By the way, you don’t have to grasp this information about the Trinity fully, to be saved. I didn't. In fact, I had never even heard that Jesus was God at the time I asked Him to be my Savior. I thought He was only the Son of God. I had just previously found out I could receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior. But my early knowledge gap didn’t stop God from saving me and straightening me out later.
What about the Holy Spirit? Who is He? By observation, I can tell you one aspect of Him is that He is a go-between. The Holy Spirit can reveal the attributes of Jesus and the Father directly to our hearts, and He also reveals His own personhood and ways of thinking. The Bible says He leads us into all truth. An interesting thing about this is that after you believe in Jesus as your Savior and have relationship with Him, many of the things you did not originally understand will start to make better sense. You start to become a spiritual person, and therefore spiritual things make more sense to you.
Even before you are saved, the Holy Spirit can start making Jesus real to you. The night I first heard about receiving Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior, I went home and I could feel Jesus on the doorstep to my heart, on the verge of coming in. Out of fear and selfishness, I didn’t let Him come in until three days later. The Bible mentions a phenomenon of coming to Jesus because the Father is drawing you. I was a person who actually felt that take place three days before I got saved. I didn’t know yet that the Bible had a name for it.
The Holy Spirit is no less powerful than the Father or Son. The earth's creation is partially attributed to Him in the Bible (Such as in the first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1). In fact, all three persons of the Trinity were said to be involved when you consider the first chapter of the book of John. The Holy Spirit is mighty to do many wonderful things on the earth. He also reveals Himself in a sweet presence that shows God's gentle love for us.
In one of the opening statements to this website, I suggested some words to say in prayer to be saved by believing in Jesus. They included, “Please come into my life and make yourself real to me.” If you really want to know who God is, that prayer will start the ball rolling. You will be born again by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, spiritually adopted by God the Father, and rescued by the atonement of Jesus (found in His death and resurrection). The intimate fatherly wisdom and undying love comfort us. All three are called comforters in the Bible.
We see the Trinity portrayed in many Bible verses, such as Luke 1:35, when the Angel mentioned all three persons to Mary as taking part in the birth of Jesus. In that verse the Angel Gabriel differentiated the persons of the Trinity calling the Father "The Most High", also sometimes translated "the Majesty on High". It was His power and the Holy Spirit who came on Mary when Jesus, the Son of God was conceived as a human. But Jesus existed previously in the "form of God" (Phillipians 2:6). The Trinity existed for all eternity past, and will always exist. What we have covered here is just the tip of the iceberg about who Jesus is, and how the Father and Spirit interrelate. The bible has much more to say on the subject, as does the Holy Spirit who glorifies Jesus and the Father to us as He leads us into spiritual truth.