About the Lord Jesus Christ
Dear friend, I am going to be telling you about the Lord Jesus and how wonderful He is. I trust that after you read this, the Lord Jesus will become even more special to you. If you have not yet put your faith in the Lord Jesus, I encourage you to do so now. The Lord Jesus Christ is:
Our High Priest
The Lord Jesus Christ is our High Priest. Think of how much He loves you and cares for you! The Bible says that “He always lives to make intercession” (Heb. 7:25) for you. He loves you and cares for you so much that He never ceases to pray for you! Think of it my dear friend! Not even your close friend would do that! Also we have a High Priest who sympathizes with us. Since Christ was once on Earth, He knew what it felt like to be tempted. We read in the Bible: “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:15-16) and “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted. He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Heb. 2:18). Think of it my dear friend! The Lord Jesus sympathizes with you and cares for you. He feels your pain and agony. He is always ready to come to your aid. Call upon Him in your times of distress, temptation, and trial. He is “a merciful and faithful High Priest” (Heb. 2:17). And He is no ordinary High Priest. There have been other high priests on Earth before. But they were “subject to weakness” (Heb. 5:3) and “were prevented by death from continuing” (Heb. 7:23). But Christ, “because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weaknesses, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever” (Heb. 8:24-28).
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Advocate. An advocate is someone who intercedes and pleads in behalf of another. The Lord Jesus is our Advocate or Attorney “who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Rom. 8:34). We read in the Bible: “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). The Lord Jesus is always there for you, pleading before the Father for you. So dear friend, when you fall into sin, look to Christ your Advocate who will plead before the Father for you and restore you into fellowship with Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Mediator. Webster’s dictionary defines “mediator” as “one that interposes between parties at variance for the purpose of reconciling them.” Because of our sins, we have offended a holy and just God. That is why we need a Mediator - one that is a “go-between” and one that can come along and reconcile us to God. And none is qualified to be that Mediator except the Lord Jesus. We read in the Bible: “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). Christ is the one and only Mediator. So dear friend, you need Christ to be your Mediator to reconcile you to an offended God.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our substitute. Think of it, dear friend, how much Christ loves you that He is willing to be your substitute and take your place! He suffered so that you might not suffer. He became “sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). “He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4) and “He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Who would do such a thing? Would you die in the place of a murder or a wicked man? That is what Christ did. He died for us when we least deserved it. He did not die for good, righteous people but for wicked sinners such as you and me. The Bible says: “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:6-8).
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. Webster’s dictionary defines “redeem” as “to purchase back; to ransom; to liberate or rescue from captivity or bondage, or from any obligation or liability to suffer or to be forfeited, by paying an equivalent; as, to redeem prisoners or captured goods; to redeem a pledge.” “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’)” (Gal. 3:13). We were originally sold out to sin and were taken “captive” by Satan “to do his will” (2 Tim. 2:26). Yet Christ purchased us back. He redeemed us by His blood. We read in the Bible: “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18).
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Great Physician. He is the “balm in Gilead” (Jer. 8:22). See my friend; you and I were infected by the worse, deadliest disease ever. It is worse than any physical disease known to mankind. It is a disease which will not only lead you to physical death but also will lead you to the “second death”, which is the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8). We read in the Bible about this spiritual disease which is called sin: “The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment” (Isaiah 1:6). So admit that you are a sick and have the need of Christ in your life. Only those who admit that they have this disease of sin and see their need of a Physician will come to Christ. The Pharisees were self-righteous and were blinded to their sins and did not see the need of a Physician. Jesus said: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Mark 2:17).
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Shepherd. He is the “good shepherd” who “gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11). The Bible says: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Christ is the One who “leaves the ninety-nine in the wilderness” and goes “after the one which is lost until he finds it” (Luke 15:4). He came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Each sheep is precious to Him and He knows them and He is known by them (John 10:14). He gives His sheep “eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out” of His hand (John 10:28). David said: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:1-4). He gently comforts His sheep saying to them: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Friend. He is “the friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24). He is a true friend in ten ways: 1. He prays for us (Heb. 7:25); 2. He sympathizes with us (Heb. 4:15); 3. He is always there for us (Matt. 28:20); 4. He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7); 5. He encourages us (Phil. 4:13); 6. He is faithful to us (2 Tim. 2:13); 7. He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5); 8. He is always willing to receive us (Matt. 11:28-30); 9. He is always willing to forgive us (1 John 1:9); and 10. He has laid down His life for us (John 15:13-14). Jesus said: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:13-14).
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior. He has come to “save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). We shall be saved “from wrath through Him” (Rom. 5:9). What about you dear friend? Are you saved? Call on the Lord to save you; “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9-10). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18). “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8). “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).
Are you tired of being a slave to your sins? Jesus says to you: “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a Son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:34-35). “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22).