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Who is Jesus to you

posted Mar 31, 2020, 10:00 AM by Jacob Boer

Q. Why is Jesus called “Christ,” meaning “anointed”?

A. Because he has been ordained by God the Father and has been anointed with the Holy Spirit to be our chief prophet and teacher who fully reveals to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our deliverance; our only high priest who has delivered us by the one sacrifice of his body, and who continually pleads our cause with the Father; and our eternal king who governs us by his Word and Spirit, and who guards us and keeps us in the freedom he has won for us.

When I think about Jesus being anointed, being chosen to tell us about our Father, who set us free from our sin, and who watches over me, I often think about an older elder who mentored me my first year as an elder and he told me that Jesus is much more than the roles he plays; he’s an actual person who loves us so much he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get us to know how much we mean to him and to God. He encouraged me to treat Jesus as someone who is real and wants to get to know us in a deep and special way. It was years later that it began to sink in: I was reading about Jesus and his disciples and Jesus tells them, I’m not calling you my servants, I call you my friends. Suddenly I began to get it, Jesus wants to get to know me in that way, not through the roles he has, but as a friend.

My prayer for you today is that you too will experience Jesus as a friend, a dear friend who is willing to go to extreme lengths for us so that we can know peace and hope, so that we can walk through life with strength and courage because our friend is with us always.

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