1. Is Jesus From History or Eternity?
Jesus was born to a young Jewish couple in the first century A.D. and spent His life in the Middle East.
And yet, as the One who is “from everlasting,” He laid the foundations of the earth.
2. Is Jesus From the Old Testament or the New Testament?
From Genesis to Malachi, Jesus can be found on every page of the Hebrew Scriptures.
And yet, Jesus entered the stage of human history hundreds of years after the close of the Old Testament. The details of His earthly life are recorded in the New Testament.
3. Is Jesus the Son of Mary or the Son of God?
As Mary's Son, Jesus grew up with parents, siblings, and cousins. He experienced the full range of human emotions and physical needs.
And yet, as the Son of God, Jesus remained fully divine throughout His life on earth.
And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
1 Timothy 3:16
4. Is Jesus the Teacher of Truth or the Truth to Be Taught?
Jesus devoted His earthly ministry to challenging, transforming, and encouraging His followers by teaching Truth.
And yet, He was the personification and origination of Truth.
5. Is Jesus Seeking Us or Are We Seeking Him?
Jesus came into the world to seek and to save those who are lost. And yet, for those who are saved, seeking Him and sharing His Good News becomes a lifelong pursuit.
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
The Whitened Harvest
And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”
The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him….
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”
John 4:7-30; 39
6. Is Jesus Praying for Us or Are We Praying to Him?
Prayer is the high calling of every believer. The Bible instructs us to pray at all times, in all circumstances.
Ephesians 6:13, 18
1 Thessalonians 5:17
And yet, Jesus prays for us. During His days on earth, He often expressed His care for individuals by curing the sick, befriending the outcast, and praying for specific needs. Even today He continues to care for us through prayer.
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
7. Is Jesus Doing Greater Works or Are We?
Throughout the Gospels, we find astonishing evidence of Jesus’ supernatural power. He is not bound by the laws of nature, for He created them. He knows our thoughts and perceives our motives.
John 6:8-9, 11
And yet, Jesus assures His followers that through the power of the Holy Spirit they will perform even greater works than the miracles He performed.
8. Is Jesus Living or Did He Die?
The details of Jesus’ death are well documented. In the presence of many witnesses, He was beaten and crucified. Approximately six hours after He was nailed to a Roman cross, Jesus drew His last breath.
And yet, the Christian faith depends upon Jesus’ victory over death. If He had remained in the grave, His movement would have died with Him. But because He lives, Christians can look forward to eternal life with Him in heaven. The reality of Jesus’ resurrection is the centerpiece of world history and the core of Christian belief.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
9. Is Jesus Past or Is He Present?
Seven times in John’s Gospel, Jesus described Himself through an Old Testament phrase that speaks of God’s self-existence, His timelessness. He referred to Himself as “I AM.” He didn’t say, “I WAS” or “I WILL BE.” As the immortal, eternal Son of God, He existed in the past, and yet He lives today and forevermore.
10. Is Jesus King of the Jews or King of Kings?
As the promised Messiah and the fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures, Jesus was referred to as “the King of the Jews” at His birth and His death.
And yet, Jesus was so much more than that. The Bible contains dozens of names and titles for Him. Each title points to an aspect of His nature, yet their combined sum falls short of fully representing all that He is. He is the mystery of the ages and the marvel of history. He is the King of kings.
None of us knows Jesus as fully as we should, but studying Bible passages like these is the first step in the journey toward knowing Him intimately. The next steps require that we (1) understand what the Bible says and (2) apply its Truth in our life.
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