Who's that man thinks He's a prophet
I wonder if he's got something up his sleeve
Where's He from who is His Daddy
There's rumours He even thinks Himself a king
Of a kingdom of paupers, simpletons and rogues
The whores all seem to love Him and the drunks
propose a toast
And they say
Surely God is with us today
So, then, who was this Jewish guy
who walked about Judaea, starting around the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar (AD 29)?* The Bible is full of
testimony about him, if you want to know. Who is Jesus? Who is Yeshua? Who is Iesus Nazarethaei Rex Iudaeorum? My task here
is not to tell you every, single last bit of the Bible that is about Jesus. That would be truly insane. The first testimony
about Jesus is in Genesis, though. Genesis 3:15 reads, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your
offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."** Who is Jesus? The one who defeats the serpent,
the devil. The last testimony about Jesus is in Revelation 22:20 which says, "He who testifies to these things says, Yes,
I am coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." Who is Jesus? He is someone who is coming soon. This article will commence the
discussion of who Jesus is through the Gospel According to Luke. I will not list every example for some things, due to how
often Jesus revealed himself in ways such as healing, preaching, teaching.
Who is Jesus? A great man. The Son
of the Most High. The heir to David's throne--which he will occupy. Therefore, the King of the Jews. (Luke 1:32, 23:3) Indeed,
"he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." (Luke 1:33) He is the Son of God. (1:35, 2:49,
3:22, 4:3, 4:9, 4:41, 9:35) Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, Yahweh's Anointed. (2:11, 4:18, 4:41, 9:20, 24:26) Jesus is
the salvation of God. (2:29) He was "destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will
be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed." (2:34-35a) Jesus was wise, and God's grace was on
him. (2:40) He was obedient to his earthly parents. (2:51) He had favour with God and man. (2:52) Jesus is so great that not
even the righteous prophet John the Baptist was worthy tie his shoes. He baptises "with the Holy Spirit and with fire." (3:16)
Jesus separates the righteous from the unrighteous. (3:17) God is pleased with Jesus. (3:22) Jesus is descended from King
David. (3:23-31) Jesus moved with the power of the Spirit. (4:14) The Spirit of the Lord was on him. (4:18) He comes "to proclaim
freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's
favour." (4:18b-19) Joseph's son. Therefore, a man. (4:22) A prophet. (4:24, 24:19) Jesus was not accepted and almost killed.
(4:28-30) He is from Nazareth, a tiny town. (4:34a) He is the Holy One of God. (4:34b) A preacher. (4:43) A healer. (4:38-40,
5:12-15, 5:18-19, 6:6-10, 7:1-10) God. (5:20-24) A metaphorical bridegroom, whose bride is all faithful believers. (5:34)
Lord of the Sabbath. (6:5) A man of prayer. (4, 5:16, 6:12, 9:18, 22:39) One who raises the dead. (7:14-15, 8:54-55, ) A son
and brother. (8:19) A teacher. (8:49) An exorcist. (4:33-35, 8:32-33, 9:42, 11:14) The Son of Man. (12:10) His body was given
for us. (22:19) His blood was poured out for us. (22:20) Jesus was blameless. (23:4, 23:13-15, 23:40) A righteous man. (23:47)
He died. (23:46) He rose from the dead. (24:6-7) Repentance and forgiveness of sins come through him and are preached in his
These testimonies you have read came
from the narration of Luke, from Jesus himself, from angels, from demons, from his enemies, from his friends, from his disciples,
from Pontius Pilate, from his cousin, from Almighty God. They are true and valid. The evidence they reveal to us is this:
Jesus is unique. In the face of liberal theology these days, we must not lose sight of the biblical testimony about who Jesus
is. He is unique in every way. His uniqueness cannot be sacrificed in an attempt to marry the Church to the times. His uniqueness
cannot be sacrificed to make him more easily swallowed by non-believers. Being so unique, so holy, so righteous, and so perfect,
he is excellent and worthy of all praise. Being so loving, he died on a cross and took our sins and the sins of the whole
world upon him. Through him we obtain salvation, eternal life, and a mansion in the Father's City. Jesus intercedes on our
behalf in heaven--that is, he speaks for us and his perfection is seen as our perfection if we put our faith in him. Jesus
is the only way to heaven. All of these truths are Bible truths and life truths.
Jesus is central to Revolution--a
fact that I have expounded time and time again. I do not wish to talk about Jesus as a facet of Revolution. That is absolute
. . . flummery. Jesus is central to Christianity. If he is who he claims to be, then I cannot see any valid Christianity other
than a radical one. Jesus is not a plot device or a thematic transition. I do not press the agenda of Revolution under the
cover of Christ. Instead, I press the agenda of Christ under the guise of Revolution. How can we change our lives according
to Jesus' greatness and holiness? I believe if we bring ourselves in line with the Gospel truth and Gospel living, we will
realise the following:
We must see Jesus as the man who walked
all over the place in ancient Judaea. We must see him as the God who became a man. We must see him as the man who was God.
We must cling to these truths and the other truths about him proclaimed in the Bible. We must base our whole lives around
them. We must resist any force that seeks to remove his uniqueness, remove his power, remove his salvation. We must strip
away 2000 years of clichés and run after him with abandon, leaving everything for him. For it is in Jesus that we find total
freedom. If we do this and are obedient to what he tells us, we will revolutionise the church, and the church will revolutionise
God does not seek the impossible.
In Philippians 4:13, Paul declares that he can do everything through Jesus the Christ who strengthens him. Each of us has
massive amounts of influence upon the Church of Christ and the world. Since I know me better than I know any of you, let's
examine Matthew. There are almost 50 people on this mailing list. God, through me, can inspire each of you to Jesus Following
with reckless abandon, which is my ultimate goal. Each of you can influence those around you. That is a lot, trust me. My
father is the Anglican Archdeacon of Thunder Bay. I can easily obtain his aid. I can also tell him what I think. If God gives
me a good idea, he can influence every Anglican clergyman in the Thunder Bay area as well as the other pastors on the ministerials
he is part of. He also has the ear of the Anglican Bishop of Algoma and the other Algoman Archdeacons. The Bishop is a righteous
man and has the whole Diocese of Algoma under his pastoral care. He is part of the House of Bishops, which influences the
whole direction of the Anglican Church of Canada. As well, my pastor in Ottawa is the chairman of the Essentials Council,
which seeks to return the Anglican Church of Canada to orthodoxy. He can help me to help the Church. And I, in a small way,
can help him through prayer and maybe a fresh little phrase or two. My brother attends the Anglican seminary of Wycliffe College
in Toronto. He agrees with me (we're all about Revolution) and has contacts with other seminarians and his professors. I have
contacts with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada, which seeks to reach university campuses for Christ and empower
the Jesus Followers at universities. If God, through the vessel named Matthew James Joseph Hoskin, influences certain people
that Matthew knows, he can use those people to influence more people. I have the ear of God Almighty, and he can access anybody
he wants. Each of us has enormous influence if we dare to see it, seek it, and utilise it for Christ's sake.
Want the Church to be relevant? Want
the Church to be on the cutting edge of culture? Want the Church to lead a cultural revolution? Want a revolution that affects
Christian unity, Christian doctrine, Christian arts, Christian evangelism, Christian action, Christian declaration, Christian
"culture"? Want the Church in the West to get up and do something? I have three answers: First, hold fast to Jesus
and who he has revealed himself to be. Second, pray. Praying is doing something. Third, do something else. Tell people about
such a revolution. If you an artist, create good art because that glorifies God. If you are friends with a member of another
denomination, show your bigoted friends why this is real Christianity. If you know someone with confused doctrine,
tell that person. If you know someone who doesn't know Jesus, tell that person about Jesus. If you see a hungry man, feed
him. If you think your sermon on Sunday--although not untrue--was crap, tell your pastor. If you think that trendy Christianity--from
cheesy paintings to badly-written romance novels and cliché-ridden musicis crap, let everyone know it and tell them why! And
in it all, remember Jesus. Remember who he is. Remember what he has done for us. Who is Jesus? Jesus is the biggest revolutionary
to ever walk the earth. He's not afraid of challenging people. We shouldn't be either. If Jesus thought a teaching was wrong,
he said so to the Pharisees' and Sadducees' faces. Jesus knew the Kingdom of God was at hand, so he told everybody about it.
Jesus condemned the trendy Judaism of Pharisees. Jesus sought the unity of all peoples--Gentiles and Jews--under his salvation.
Jesus proclaimed the undiluted truth of Yahweh--that he was the only way to salvation and a host of other related themes.
Jesus fed the hungry. Jesus died. He wasn't "the man who started Christianity." He was far more than that. If we acknowledge
that, proclaim that, and live that, we will revolutionise our lives, our Church, and our world. That's all Jesus ever wanted.
He came to establish the Kingdom of God and commissioned us to spread it and edify it. Why don't we?
Who's that man they made Him a prisoner
They tortured Him and nailed Him to a tree
Was He so bad who did He threaten
Did He deserve to die between two thieves
See the scars and touch His wounds He's risen,
flesh and bone
Now the sinners have become the saints and
the lost have all come home
And they say
Surely God is with us todayW
Jesus is life.
-Steven Curtis Chapman=
The Holy Bible
Jesus with Dirty Feet, Don Everts (Inter-Varsity
Questions of Life, Nicky Gumbel (Cook Publishing)
Basic Christianity, John Stott. My copy's Eerdmans,
but I think theres an IVP edition out now.
Anglican Essentials: Reclaiming Faith in the Anglican
Church of Canada (Anglican Book Centre)
Book of Common Prayer (Anglican Book Centre)
Most likely The Jesus I Never Knew, by Philip Yancey
(Zondervan) and More Than a Carpenter (Josh McDowell)
Christology, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Hey you lot--any suggestions for books
about the Person of Jesus the Christ? E-mail them to me and I'll disseminate them. Maybe I'll start a bibliography! I'm serious.
What books have helped you? It'd be cool for you to help me, and for you to help me help you. Pax Vobiscum.
W From the song "Surely God Is
with Us." In the album The Jesus Record by Rich Mullins and a ragamuffin band. Copyright 1998 Alien Autopsy/SESAC/Kid
Brothers of St. Frank Pub./ASCAP.
= From the song "Jesus Is
Life." In the album Declaration by Steven Curtis Chapman. Sparrow Records, 2001.
* Luke 3:1; CLA 1102 Class Material by RW Burgess, 2001.
** Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version ®. Copyright
© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.