Who Jesus is, is not a mystery. The Bible tells us who He is very plainly.
John 1:1-3, 14 “1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him
was not any thing made that was made. …
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.
The Word has been around since the beginning. God is eternal. The Word is eternal. The Creator of all things does not have a creator.
Jesus was the Word before His incarnation and was given the name Jesus when he was born on this earth. Jesus, as the Word, is the creator of all things. In fact, there is nothing that exists that Jesus didn’t create.
The Word, the One who has been around since the beginning, was with God in the beginning. Not only was the Word WITH God, the Word WAS God.
How can the Word both BE God and be WITH God?
That is part of the mystery of the Trinity.
There are not three Gods, but only one God.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses translation of the Bible, The New World Translation of the Scriptures, mistranslate this passage to say, “and the word was a god.”
That is an incorrect interpretation of what was written in the original Greek. There isn’t anyone who knows Greek who would translate it this way.
Second, the Jehovah’s Witnesses will say that the lower case “g” means that the Word, Jesus, is a lesser God. The problem with that is that the Greek alphabet doesn’t have capital or lowercase letters.
There is only one God.
Malachi 2:10 “10 Have we not all one father?
hath not one God created us?
why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother,
by profaning the covenant of our fathers?”
Even Satan and his angels know this.
James 2:19 “19 Thou believest that there is one God;
thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
Jesus was nearly stoned for claiming to be God. Not A God, but THE God.
John 10:30-33 “30 I and [my] Father are one.
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed
you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying,
For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy;
and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”
He did not claim to be another God. He said that He is one with the Father, equal to Him. That was blasphemy of the highest order and called for the penalty of death.
Mark 14:61-64 “61 But he held his peace,
and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him,
and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man
sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
63 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith,
What need we any further witnesses? 64
Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye?
And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.”
He also claimed to be the Christ, the Son of God. He again claimed to be deity.
He was, indeed, who He claimed to be, but they didn’t recognize Him. The Jews were looking for someone who would deliver them from Roman rule. They were looking for a king of a different sort.
Christians do not believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three different Gods. We believe in one God.
The passage above says that the Word became flesh. He became man. He became as one of His own creation. He came down and lived among us, that they beheld His glory as the only begotten of the Father.
Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the Word.
Jesus is not the Father, nor is He the Holy Spirit. They are three separate and distinct persons of the one God. At the baptism of Jesus, they all appear at the same place, at the same time, in three different manifestations.
Matthew 3:16-17 “16 And Jesus,
when he was baptized,
went up straightway out of the water: and, lo,
the heavens were opened unto him,
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove,
and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven,
saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
And all three of Them are in Heaven now.
[1John 5:7 “7 For there are three that bear record in heaven,
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
He was the Word before He became Jesus. He is still the Word.
Each person of the Trinity does something different. Jesus is our Savior. He sits at the throne on the right had of the Father.
Hebrews 12:2 “2 Looking unto Jesus the author
and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy
that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right
hand of the throne of God.”
There, Jesus the Christ mediates between us and the Father.
1Timothy 2:5 KJV “5 For [there is] one God,
and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
We are declared righteous because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. When God looks at us, He sees us through the prism of His Son. The blood of Jesus doesn’t just cover our sins, it washes us clean. We have complete forgiveness because of His sacrifice.
John 14:6 “6 Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Jesus is the way, the only way, we can approach the Father.
Jesus is so many things. The King of kings and the Lord of lords. He is our bother. He is the inheritor of all things. He is our savior.
What is He to you? What is your relationship with Him?