Who is Jesus? The answer depends on who you ask. Many would never even think to ask the question as we have it presented–who WAS Jesus seems more intuitive, since he roamed the earth over two thousand years ago.

The Apostle John has an entirely different perspective. For John, asking who Jesus is–in the present tense–would be appropriate at any time. Jesus, for John, transcends time. For John, Jesus is

  • The Word of God, 1:1-14.
  • The Glory of God, 1:14.
  • The Lamb of God, 1:29 (Isaiah 53).
  • The Eternal One of God, 1:15, 30, 8:58 (the I AM).
  • The Son of God, 1:34.
  • The Grace of God, 1:16-17.
  • The Expression of God, 1:18.
  • The Light of the World, 1:4-5, 8:12.
  • The Bread of Life, 6:35, 48.
  • The Door to God, 10:7, 9.
  • The Good Shepherd, 10:11, 14.
  • The Resurrection and the Life, 11:25.
  • The Way, the Truth and the Life, 14:6.
  • The True Vine, 15:1, 5.

(This list comes from John’s gospel. We could expand it quite a bit if we dipped into John’s letters and we could really create a show if we drew upon the Apocalypse).

Not everyone who considers the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus will come to belief in Him as any or all of these things; however, believing these things about Jesus, according to John, grants the believer the power (the authority, the right, the ability to decide for oneself) to become a child of God.

To support (“prove”) his case, John sets out seven specific signs that unequivocally demonstrate that Jesus is exactly who John claims He is. Of course, Jesus did much more than John was able to write down in one book. But, these are enough, says John, for you to believe and to come to possess eternal life.