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Knowing who Jesus Christ is
Day 15

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     Why do we need to know Who Jesus Christ is? In Matthew 16, Jesus asks His disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter answers, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." which meant Peter understood Who Jesus is - that He is God. Jesus Christ wants you to know Who He is too.

     The foundation of God's love is Jesus Christ! To know Jesus is to know God's love. This is because, God's unfailing love is shown to you through Jesus Christ and His death. Romans 5:8 & 10 says,

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us ... For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. NASB®

     Could you truly love an enemy? Would you sacrifice your son's life for your enemy? If your enemy deserved to die, would you take their place? God's Son, Jesus Christ, dying on the cross for us, certainly shows us God loves us so very much!

     In lesson three, God's Love and the Death of Jesus Christ of the daily devotional, God loves you and me, you will learn Who Jesus Christ is, why we need to believe in Him and why He clearly shows us God's love. Knowing Jesus Christ gives you eternal life (John 17:3).

     Many of you are already Christians, so you know Who the Jesus of the Holy Bible is and why we need to believe in Him. But it never hurts to gain more knowledge, and different insights from someone else, so use this lesson (with 9 daily devotions in it) to strengthen your knowledge of Jesus and how to be a better witness for Him. As Peter the leader of the Apostles said in 1 Peter 3:15,

...but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence... NASB®

Life Application

     The heart of God's love is Jesus! John 1 is full of insights concerning Who Jesus is. Read John 1. Write down some of the things you learned about Jesus. What does it mean to you that God sent His Son to die on the cross for you when you were His enemy?

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