Day 5: KNOW the Gift of Jesus
So who was Jesus and what was his purpose? I have tried to hit the high points of Jesus’s life and I hope it gives you a glimpse into who he was. From this devotion, we can infer who he was, but I will still leave you with who Jesus said he was.
Who is Jesus?
“My father whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.” John 8: 54. “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified…Father glorify your name! Then a voice came down from heaven ‘I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.’” John 12: 23-28. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14: 6. When Jesus was baptized “a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1: 11.
There is a whole bunch of scriptures where you can find who Jesus says he was or God the Father himself saying who he was. I hope we have a grasp on who Jesus was now, so now we can address the question of what was his purpose.
Jesus says, “the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.The Man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will be. My father will honor the one who serves me. (John 12: 22-26)
I divided up this passage by Jesus’s purpose and our purpose. Jesus’ purpose is in red and ours is in bold. In this parable, Jesus refers to himself as a kernel of wheat. Jesus refers that the kernel must die before multiple seeds can be produced. Jesus’s purpose was to die, but what for? What does it mean that his death will produce multiple seeds? Jesus carried a seed with him the day he was in Mary’s womb. That seed was that he was THE Son of God. So when he dies that seed will multiple. Therefore, since he died we now have the ability to be A son of God (not THE son) if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior because the seed he had is able to be given to others (it has multiplied). Jesus had many other purposes as well, but to condense it to a short devotion, I will only leave it to one.
Then Jesus, being Jesus, tells us what our purpose is right after his. Our purpose is to follow him. And Jesus says it bluntly, “where I am, my servant will be.” Lets look closely at Jesus’s statement “Where I am.” “Where I am” means not where you are at, but where he is at. You can’t tell Jesus where you want to go and expect him to follow you. Jesus is moving and it is up to us to follow him. So how can we tell when we are following Jesus? Well how do we know when we are following someone here on this Earth? We keep to their teaching, obey their commands, know their voice, and know who they are. That is how it is with Jesus. The reason people don’t follow Jesus is because they don’t know Jesus. They don’t know his teachings, his commands, his voice, or who he is.
I want you guys to write down what you know about Jesus. Break it down into categories like: What did He teach?… command?…or say about Himself? And under each category write down as much as you know. Then after that, write out any questions you may have. Then next time we meet if you have any questions then you can ask them over the lunch and we will answer them for you.