Week 2: Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus? 

John 17:1-5

  • Read John 17:1-5 “When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”

Jesus is a reflection of God

  • Jesus is stressed, He knows in 24 hours He will be dead.  What would you be doing, saying, thinking, if in 24 hours you knew your inevitable death was coming?  You knew your best friends would disperse and deny even knowing who you were.  How did Jesus deal with his stress? He took it to the Father.
  • Read end of v.1 “Glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you”
  • Jesus reflects the glory he receives from the Father back to him.
  • Seen throughout scripture, look at Jesus’ baptism.  Heaven opens up, the Spirit of God descends like a dove and the father says to His son, “This is my son, whom I love, with Him I am well pleased.”  He audibly and visually glorifies His Son, a sweet intro for the ministry of Jesus.
  • Jesus glorifies the Father in response.  Later in his ministry, Jesus responds to an angry group of Pharisees, “The Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing.  For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise”  (John 5:19) In a stressful time, Jesus sends the glory right back.
  • This is so crucial to the way we look at Jesus.  This is huge!  Jesus can do nothing without the Father.  Not one miracle, not one healing.  Without the Father he would be a sinner like you and me.  Not only would he be completely powerless without the Father’s glory poured out onto Him, Jesus says he is in a constant state of complete and total reflection of the Father’s actions!  Whatever the Father does, the Son does!  Jesus is the direct manifestation and physical appearance and reflection of the Father, walking in total communion with each other.
  • I have heard it said that God the father is like the Sun (like Sun S-U-N not S-O-N) and the Jesus, is like the moon.  The moon without the Sun is just a giant rock floating around.  But, because of the Sun’s light, it can reflect light onto the Earth that is in nighttime.  This analogy is completely lacking in helping us understand who Jesus is.
  • The moon doesn’t reflect ALL of the Sun, only a little tiny portion of it.  But Jesus reflects ALL of the Father, “Whatever the father does, the Son does likewise”.  This analogy doesn’t fit because Jesus is an absolute reflection of God the Father, not a partial one.
  • that is why we say he is fully God and fully man

Trinity

  • You need all three persons so your view is complete, not lacking.
  • Last week Dave spoke about God the Father being the creator, and that is true, but God is so much bigger than that, it would be harmful to only see one aspect.  Later in John 17, verse 11 says, “Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.”
  • The trinity is so hard for us to comprehend because the line between the Father and Son is so thin!
  • Everything Jesus does the father does, and everything the father does Jesus does.  Jesus just told us that us, humans, should be one with God, just as Christ and the Father are one.  Just like Christ is the reflection of God, we are to be the reflection of God.  The line between us and God should be just as thin!  We were even created for it

Man created in the Image of God

  • Genesis 1:27 says God created man in His own image.  God looked down from Heaven and saw himself in us, his very own image!
  • Something changed!  Genesis 3:5 has skewed the path of humanity for ever.  It is so small and quick, but so profound.
  • Sin just wasn’t eating from the tree, it was a desire to become God, rather than be his image
  • Gen 3:5, satan says, “ For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God”
  • We put ourselves in constant contention with Christ!  Our desire for selfish gain has ruined our perfect image of the creator of this world, we tried to become God.
  • Regardless of our previous knowledge of who he is, we disobeyed him.

Gospel

  • Genesis 3, isn’t how this book ends! The story doesn’t end with sin, there is a plan through Jesus.
  • God created me in the womb of my mother to be a direct image of Himself, yet I ruined that.  He saw, as he sat in heaven, that Connor Johnson rejected him.  He knew the consequences of my sin, and that I had to be completely torn apart from the best thing I could ever experience, eternal life with Jesus/ his presence.
  • He wanted me to experience the presence of God so bad, he would sacrifice His own son for it.  Jesus and the Father kicked in in Heaven and looked down on Connor, and saw that I would be utterly unable to reflect the glory of God!
  • He knows we cannot reflect God! What does he do? He reflects God for us!  When i sinned, he was sinless, when i had little faith, he filled me with faith.  When I was unrighteous, he poured his righteousness on me.  He did this, through the power of the cross, and the resurrection.  Being filled with the glory of the Father, Christ reflected His glory back onto the Father in His resurrection from the grave.
  • Jesus was moments from being betrayed with a kiss, and hung on a cross, and he did it all willingly so that we could have eternal life, defined in verse 3 as knowing the one true God the Father and Son.

Although clause

  • What holds us back? What keeps us from being a reflection?  To say it is anything without first saying the root of this is sin would be just wrong.  Obviously the reason we cannot be a total reflection of the Father is because we are human and we sin.
  • But deeper than that, what holds us back from being a reflection of Jesus Christ, is that we live in a world that tell us to “just be yourself”. It is not a new concept that is holding us back.
  • “be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”― Henry David Thoreau- early 1800’s
  • “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
  • ― Ralph Waldo Emerson -early 1800s
  • “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
  • ― Oscar Wilde- late 1800’s
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
  • ― Bernard M. Baruch  -early 1900s
  • “Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”
  • ― Lady Gaga
  • “Just be yourself, there is no one better.”
  • ― Taylor Swift
  • When I was 18 years old I listened to that lie.
  • Some of you know this, but when i moved up from California to Eugene, I had the opportunity to play football for the University of Oregon Ducks.  I decided to listen to the lie and to “just be myself”.  Who I was at that time, was a Duck.  I was a U of O football player.  What do football players do? They go to parties!  Im not used to going to parties, but hey, I play football for the ducks!  Just being myself, led to so much sin during my freshman year of college.  It led me to parties, to chasing alcohol and women, and it led me to the deepest depression I‘ve ever been in.  Spring of my freshman year, I remember crying on my bed in my apartment, wanting life to be over.  I hated the person I had become.
  • I am thankful that night i stopped listening to the lies of this world.  I told Jesus I don’t want to be myself anymore, I just want to be your reflection.  From that point on, I made the decision to live a life that was a reflection of Jesus’s life.  I didn’t want to live for myself anymore, I wanted to reflect the glory of Christ, and what He did on the cross for me. Identity in jesus, nothing less.
  • if you believe that Jesus is the same God who created the heavens and the earth, and if you believe that you were created in His own image, and if you believe Jesus died on the cross for your sins and then rose from the grave and ascended back to his throne in heaven, then the only appropriate response is to live a life that is a reflection of Jesus himself, and to send all the glory of this world back unto the Father.

Be a reflection of Christ

  • How do we be a reflection of Jesus? How do we send glory up to the Father
  • Lets look back a the text verse 4 says,
  • “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do” v4
    • He knew what his mission on this earth was. I could give you a list of things to do, how to act and love others, but you need to understand yourself what God calls us to do, and the only way to do that is to dive into his Word.
  • Verse 3 says, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” v3
    • How could you be a reflection, if you don’t know the original image?  We have to understand who God is, what Jesus has done, and what He says through the scriptures to reflect Him.  We have to.  Its not optional.  Eternal life is defined as knowing God.  If you want to really comprehend who God is, you need to be reading his scripture.
    • It is not an option to claim Jesus and not live a life that reflects him, we have an opportunity to understand who God is.
    • UNDERSTAND. Dive in and get the difference between the head and the heart.

Don’t let this take so long to understand.  I thought I understood this in high school, but when life really hit, i started to reflect other things.  Understand the gospel, understand his word, understand who the father is, and therefore who you are, and reflect Christ Jesus while you live here on this earth.

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