Brookfield Christian Reformed Church

God, the Son

Once upon a time a remarkable person named Jesus lived in Nazareth of Palestine. Almost everybody believes that—but not everybody believes that this Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, our Savior and our Lord. Those are truths about Jesus that the Christian Reformed Church does believe.

Jesus is the Christ (the New Testament word for the Old Testament name Messiah). The great expectation of the Old Testament was that God would send the Messiah to save his people from their sin. The great confession of the New Testament is that Jesus is this promised Christ.

Jesus is the Lord. As Lord he owns us. The first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism says it clearly:

What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

He came to be with us through a miracle. The virgin Mary was made pregnant by a supernatural act of God through the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). In this way the Lord of heaven and earth came into human flesh and nature. He, who was from eternity true God, now was also sinless man. This one person stood as both God and man between God and humanity. He represented sinful humanity before God. He represented the just and loving God before humanity.

He was born to die. He came “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). His sufferings, his painful loneliness, his tragic crucifixion were all part of his deliberate act of eternal love. He did it so that we, who deserve what he endured, might be saved through believing that he suffered as our substitute. He rose from the dead and lives today to apply to every believing heart the benefits of forgiveness and salvation.

In the mystery of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, we participate in what Jesus has done for us. We eat and drink the benefits of his death and resurrection. We are lifted by the risen Lord Jesus into fellowship with him.

Today Jesus is in heaven, where he rules all things according to God’s plan. When Jesus comes back to earth again, the final victory will be won. We don’t believe that Scripture gives us a detailed timetable for the Lord’s return. We simply believe that in one great event, the Lord will return, will raise all those who have died, will change all those who are living, and will pronounce the final judgment.

His promised coming challenges us with this poetic question:

What will you do with Jesus?
Neutral you cannot be.
Someday your soul will be asking:
“What will he do with me?”