Jesus is a name like no other because Jesus is a person like no other.
When He spoke, those who heard Him said, “Never has man spoken like this!” (John 7:46) They marveled at “the words of grace that came from His mouth” (Luke 4:22). Jesus Himself revealed the power of His words when He said, “My words will never pass away” (Matt. 24:35). He taught with authority, unlike the scribes, the religious “elite” in His day (Matt. 7:29). Those who witnessed His healings told others, “He has done all things beautifully. The deaf He makes to hear, the mute to speak!” (Mark 7:37). Men were astonished, as you and I would also be, at His power over the natural world. They asked one another, “Who is this that the wind and sea obey Him?” (Mark 4:41).
As I wrote in “Jesus the Eternal,” on the home page, the life of Jesus Christ endures and continues to influence our world in a way that no other life has. This is proof for the authenticity of His claim, “I am living forevermore” (Rev. 1:18). He is the Son of the only true and living God. When we believe in Jesus, His Father becomes our Father. Jesus made this possible by becoming “God with us” (Matt. 1:23) in a stable in Bethlehem. After He died on the cross for our sins, He set out from the tomb with nail-pierced feet, securing our own hope beyond the grave. His words, “I am living forevermore,” endure throughout earth history and soar into eternity. Our hope lives with Him.
Jesus Christ lives. He is not passing like others, with changing times. More people have died for their faith in Him during the age we now live than in all the ages combined since the sun went down on B.C. To this day He is revealing Himself supernaturally to Muslims who are believing in Him and giving their lives for Him. For them, and for many others throughout the world, believing in Jesus and loving Him means losing all you have. It is in many cases a sentence of death. But love for Him is greater than that.
Why do we love Him so much? Why is He so different than everyone else? That question was presented to a woman who, in the Song of Solomon, was looking for her “beloved.” That woman is a picture of the Church Jesus is building in the world today. We recognize in the “beloved,” our Jesus. The woman was asked, “How is your beloved better than others?” She answered, “He is chief among ten thousand” (Song 5:9,10 NIV, KJV). That is to say, there is no one else like him! She went on to describe his beauty.
So it is with Christ’s bride, the Church. To those who believe, Jesus is beautiful, the most beautiful person we have ever met! He referred to Himself as the beautiful shepherd in John chapter 10. He is “the bright morning star” (Rev. 22:16) in our lives. When He returns to earth at the end of time, He will be marveled at and greatly admired by all of us who have believed (II Thess. 1:10)!
Recently my wife Kathy and I saw Norway’s St. Olaf Choir on television. They lifted our hearts and our eyes to Jesus when they sang the following lines from one of my favorite hymns, “Fairest Lord Jesus”:
Lord of the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be Thine!
In 1650 Mrs. Thomasen Head wrote in a little book called Evidences for Heaven, “Nothing but Christ could satisfy my restless soul” (page 35). On January 7, 1855, at New Park Street Chapel, Charles Spurgeon said, “The most excellent study for expanding the soul, is…Christ, and Him crucified…There is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound.” Archibald Brown wrote of Spurgeon: “In his heart Jesus stood unapproached, unrivaled. He worshiped Him; he adored Him.” (dust cover, C H Spurgeon Autobiography: 1). Oswald Chambers wrote in My Utmost for His Highest, published in 1935, “[Jesus] is King of kings and Lord of lords from the day of His Ascension [to heaven] until now.”
Jesus is the crowning glory of all that we love and are as Christians! Because of Him we believe in God the Father and have been given new life through the Holy Spirit. Paul counted all things loss “for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings” (Phil. 3:8-11). To live is Christ, but to die and be with Him is “even better” (Phil. 1:21-23). Jesus has promised that “anyone who lives and believes in Me will never die” (John 11:26). We will live with Him and behold His glory! (John 17:24)
We dedicate this to the memory of Kathy’s dear brother, Brien, who died on January 17, 2015, and went to be with Jesus. He loved the Newsboys’ song, “We Believe,” presented at the beginning of this article.
© James Unruh 2015 and beyond