When we ask a question about who someone is, we want to know who they are and what is their function or purpose. That is why we ask, “What do you do?” after we initially meet someone. Basically, we are asking them to “verify” their identity and their “mission” in life. Think about it, how history has labeled many: Attila the Hun, Henry the Eighth, John the Baptist, Alexander the Great, Catherine the Great, Herod the Tetrarch, even Winnie the Pooh. The person’s (or bear’s) identity is stated and then an adjectival noun describing their primary nature. So when we seek to identify Jesus, we really need to ask, “Who is Jesus the Christ?” Jesus is His name, and the term the Christ, or Messiah affirms His mission, that of Savior.
John the Baptist aptly describes Jesus in John 1:29, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” In one fell statement, John has described both the identity and mission of Christ. In effect, John is affirming that Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb who is divinely appointed to remediate the consequences of sin. Jesus Christ has the God-given task of providing a way of reconciliation to God. This could only be done through His sacrifice on the Cross, hence, He is the “sacrificial” Lamb. Continue reading “Who is Jesus?”