“And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit (God the Holy Spirit) will come upon you, and the power of the Highest (God the Father) will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35
We’re familiar with Mary and the birth of Jesus Christ, but did you know that all three persons of the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, are present in this one verse when the angel announced Jesus’ birth?
Who is this baby? Who is Jesus Christ? There’s one right answer; there are many wrong answers.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus is not God, but before He lived on earth He was Michael the archangel. Mormons believe Jesus was created by God the Father and Mary in heaven and is the “elder brother” of all men. Hinduism and Buddhism see Him as an enlightened teacher or guru.
Some wrong answers may sound good. In Islam, He’s called a prophet, a messenger of God. “New Agers” speak of Jesus as some mystic medium who might get us in touch with special wisdom and knowledge.
Others say he was a great moral teacher. Perhaps the most common view is that Jesus was a great man. Noted historian H.G. Wells listed the ten greatest men of all history and put Jesus Christ as number one on his list.
Some only want to view Jesus as a great moral teacher but don’t accept His claim to be God. But C.S. Lewis has written,
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher…. Either this man was and is the Son of God or else a madman or something worse.
In Exodus 3:14, Jehovah reveals His name to Moses: “And God said to Moses, I AM that I AM” — the most sacred name for God. What does it mean? Not “I was.” Not “I will be.” Not “I had a beginning.” But “I AM the great I AM, the self-existent God,” the sacred name for deity.
Jehovah God is just that — He is God. But Jesus Christ, Bethlehem’s babe, was and is God. Jesus Himself claimed to be God.
In the New Testament, the Pharisees were trying to discredit Jesus, demanding His credentials. In a back-handed way they were saying, “We don’t even know who your Father is. Your mother wasn’t married when you were born.” (John 8)
Jesus answered (v. 56), “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto Him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
Not “I got here before Abraham did.” But “There never was a time when I was not. I AM the great God of Exodus 3. I am the I AM.”
That’s why they picked up stones to kill Him. They knew exactly what He was saying. To them it was blasphemy.
In Psalm 2:6-7 God says, “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: [Jesus is speaking now] The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” God the Son speaks of God the Father: “The Lord has said unto Me, Thou art my Son….”
In Proverbs 30:44 the writer asks, “Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?” I can tell. His name is Jesus.
Isaiah 9:6 is the classic Christmas verse: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father….” The Mighty God, literally translated, is “the God-Man.” Don’t let anyone tell you that the one spoken of in Isaiah 9:6 is any less than God Himself.
The little babe of Bethlehem is not just the “sweet little Jesus child.” He is the Son of God and God the Son. That’s the reason God the Father said, “Thou art My Son. This day have I begotten Thee. And again: I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”” (Hebrews 1:5) Only to Jesus did the Father say, “Thy throne O God is forever and ever.” (v.8)
The most thrilling answers to “Who Is Jesus?” are found in Hebrews chapter one. Read it for yourself this Christmas — it is God’s Christmas card to you!
Just as plants need certain essentials to grow---light, water, and fertile soil---so do new Christians, babes in the faith. Without these essential basic truths of the faith, they will never establish strong roots or bear fruit.Adrian Rogers has written this book to give believers the nurture and care their faith needs to blossom and grow. What Every Christian Ought to Know seeks to give intellectual truth, and also provide the "spiritual nutrients" required to produce mature faith.