When you first hear about Jesus it is sort of like learning about George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. Jesus is this guy who lived over 2000 years ago in Israel. Controversy seems to always surround him over whether he was simply a good teacher, a moral man or was he really the son of God? This is, after all, what the Bible is all about; teaching us who Jesus is and what he said and did.
If you do happen to have Christ introduced to you, you will never be the same. You will discover he is in fact the one and only Son of God. He was born of a virgin in order to bypass the sin nature handed down to all men by way of Adam. He lived a sinless life, took the sin of mankind upon himself and died on the cross to pay the debt. He is the savior of all men if they will only repent and trust him. This is who Christ is to us.
Further along the road of Christianity you will learn more and more about this man Jesus. The Apostle Paul was given great insight into what really took place on the Cross. It wasn’t just Jesus Christ dying for our sins; we died too. Romans six spells this out remarkably so I won’t go into too much detail here but I will say this. Those of us that have put our faith in Christ have in fact been crucified, buried and raised with him and now it is no longer we who live but Christ lives in us.
The last and final stage is one most either don’t see or maybe they won’t even want to see but there is no denying it. We have talked about Christ being introduced to us, revealed in us and now we see Christ as us. Before you jump to conclusions let me explain this a bit. I am not saying “We are Christ.” Let me just share a few verses with you and maybe you will see. We’ll start with a familiar one. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the father, but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV) Notice Jesus said “I am the life” not I will give you life, but I am the life. The next verse is “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21 KJV) Paul says “For me to live is Christ” wow! What appears to be Paul living is really Christ. Yet another interesting couple of verses are “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:3-4 KJV)–Christ is our life!
While most of us don’t have trouble swallowing the Christ to us, or even the Christ in us, it gets a little more difficult to get the Christ as us. Maybe this will help. Jesus tells us in John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” We must be joined to Christ or we can do nothing. I don’t think there is a better example of our union with Christ than a vine and branch. The branch and vine are two distinct things and yet it is virtually impossible to point to the one without pointing at the other. We know as a branch that we aren’t really producing anything we are simply the way the vine gets its fruit out to others. A branch by itself can do nothing. When someone sees Christ at work in you it looks like you, but we know it really is Jesus Christ. Haven’t you ever heard someone say, “You may be the only Jesus they will ever see?”
The Apostle Paul used the example of a body. He said, God “hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” (Ephesians 1:22-23 KJV) There is so much in this verse but let me just say the church is the body, and Christ is the head. If I ever were to refer to someone talking only about their head you would think me strange wouldn’t you? Christ and his body are one. Whatever the head says the body is to do; so when the church is doing what it’s is told, Christ is really the doer isn’t he? It is in fact Christ as us. People that only see things on the surface will not be able to see this but those that walk after the spirit know it to be true.
In conclusion I’ll say, I believe when someone receives Christ they get all of him and he takes up residence within. It is only those that seek a little deeper that discover him in them. Finally those that really see are the ones that come to the conclusion it is really all Christ’s doing, and we are merely the body/branch he lives, loves and works through.
Written by Louie