“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him,
“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ – Acts 2:22-28
What do you think of Jesus? It’s a different question than, “What do you think of God?” Different from, “What do you think of Christ?” When you ask someone what they think of Jesus the issue gets very clear. It becomes personal. It takes on new and deeper dimensions. Answering the question of, “What do you think of Jesus?” requires some clarity and vulnerability.
Anyone can say, “I believe in God.” That can be a good confession. But it’s not the same as saying, “I believe in Jesus.” It’s not even the same as saying, “I believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Another good confession and worthy of any confessing Christian. Not to diminish that confession at all, there is still something more pointed, direct, and telling when we say, “I believe in Jesus.”
I believe in Jesus who is the Son of God – David’s Lord and mine. I believe in Jesus who was crucified, buried and raised from the dead. I believe in Jesus who sits at God’s right hand with his enemies as a footstool under his feet. I believe in Jesus who will come again on the Great Last Day and bring all who are his own into the heavenly realms of joy, life, celebration, and salvation.
I believe in Jesus who is the outworking of God’s plan from eternity to redeem us lost and condemned people so that we could live under him in his rule and reign forever and ever. I believe in Jesus, and I am happy to take his name on my lips whenever I can: in thanksgiving, praise, prayer, and petition.