Let’s think about Jesus – who He is and why He came to our world. The Story of Jesus is a wonderful Story. It’s the Story of the eternal Word, the Word become flesh – the ‘Mighty God’ has become ‘Emmanuel’ (God with us) (John 1:1, 14; Isaiah 9:6; 7:14). This is the fulfilment of the prophecies of Isaiah. The ‘Mighty God’ has become ‘Emmanuel (God with us)’ (9:6; 7:14). This is the Story of our salvation, the Story of Jesus Christ, the ‘Mighty God’ who became ‘God with us’.
For our salvation, we need both – the ‘Mighty God’ and ‘God with us’. Apart from ‘God with us’, the ‘Mighty God’ might seem remote, great in power yet detached from us. Apart from the ‘Mighty God’, ‘God with us’ might seem too homely, too much like a ‘god’ created in our own image. Jesus Christ is our Saviour. He is the ‘Mighty God’. We know that He is able to save. He has become ‘God with us’. We know that He is willing to save.
Jesus is the Lord – ‘In the beginning … the Word was God’ (John 1:1). He is the Christ, the fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecies. The prophets looked forward to His coming. Now, we rejoice in ‘the good news’ of our salvation – ‘Jesus … will save His people from their sins’ (Luke 2:10; Matthew 1:21). From the very beginning of His life on earth, Jesus is clearly marked out as different from the rest of us – ‘that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit’, ‘the Holy Spirit will come upon you … therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God’ (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35).
Throughout His great Story, we see Jesus Christ as our wonderful Saviour, the only One who ‘is able to save to the uttermost all who come to God through Him’ (Hebrews 7:25). He is ‘the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29). He is the great Saviour concerning whom we can still say, ‘the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin’ (1 John 1:7).
We give thanks to God for the great message of the Gospel – ‘Christ died for our sins’ (1 Corinthians 15:3). We rejoice in the great love which lies behind the death of Christ for our sins – ‘God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8).The death of Jesus is not, however, the end of His Story. He has risen from the dead. We rejoice in the risen ‘Lord’. Let us confess Him as our Lord (Acts 2:36; Romans 10:9).
The Story is unique. Our Saviour is unique. His Salvation is unique. It is only this Story, this Saviour and this Salvation which gives us the strength to face the future with the confidence which says, ‘Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ’ (1 Corinthians 15:57).
‘Jesus Christ’, our Saviour and Lord, ‘the same yesterday and today and forever’, continues to speak to us His gracious words of salvation – ‘Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that He may have mercy on him, and to our God for He will abundantly pardon’ (Hebrews 13:8; Isaiah 55:6-7).