To have the faith we need in order to really trust in Jesus we need to let Him be to us whom His “Word” says He is. The inspired scriptures say He was and is:
“Immanuel” (God with us – Matthew 1:23)
“Mighty God, everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6)
“The image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
“The Word who was God” (John 1:1)
“The Word who became flesh and lived amount us” (John 1:14)
“The Creator of all things” (Colossians 3:16)
“Christ, who is God over all, forever praised” (Romans 9:5)
“The great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13), “Equal to God” (Phillipians 2:6)
“The fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9)
These are just some of the words in the Bible that say or imply that, in Jesus, God chose to come in the fleet to earth to “Seek and save the lost.”
In plain words, this is who Jesus actually was as He visited this earth for 33 years about 2,000 years ago. If we see Him in any image less than these verses teach, it reduces our faith to something far less than what we need for heartfelt devotion to God. As has occurred with many modern so-called believers, He becomes to us just a famous person from ancient history. He becomes a “good example” of how to live. He becomes something like just a superstar of long ago who impressed people. He becomes to us just a good moral teacher maybe somewhat better than other great teachers.
None of these descriptions is, or ever has bee, enough to produce the faith our Lord deserves and demands from us. His Word plainly says that He was and is “God with us.” While He was here on the earth, He accepted it when He was called “God.” (John 20:28)
Either Jesus was God, or we can’t even consider Him a great person since He allowed Himself to be called God, saying “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” He said “I am the truth,” which cannot be accepted unless His claims are true. However, He demonstrated in countless ways that His claims are true even to raising the dead and being raised from the dead.
The truth that can impact our hearts to living and dedicated faith is found when our minds and hearts accept that our Savior was God Himself. We must realize for sure that it was our God Himself who “So loved us” that He could not sit by idly and let us die lost and doomed. Rather, He was moved by compassion to come and die on a cross in our place. In this way, He took our place, paid for our sins, and offered us His righteousness; a righteousness we had to have to enjoy eternal lie with our caring God.
Our only right response is to love Him for this, obey Him willingly and make a firm resolved decision to “not forsake” Him. He promises He will “never forsake us.”