Jesus is ________.
This is the most detrimental ad campaign for Christianity ever.
People that don’t know or understand Christianity will insert whatever sort of word they want into the blank space.
Jesus is a tree, Jesus is running, Jesus is dieting, Jesus is hanging out, Jesus is football, Jesus is rock, Jesus is music, Jesus is bigotry… Do you see how this gets out of hand really quickly and why atheists don’t take us seriously?
It’s not what Jesus means to me or you, but rather WHO Jesus is.
The bible is very clear on who Jesus is.
Isaiah 9:6 — For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 7:14 — Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel
Matthew 1:23– “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”– which means, “God with us”
Philippians 2:9-11 — Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
Revelation 22:13, 16– I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End
Hebrews 1:3 — The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
2 Corinthians 4:4 — The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Colossians 1:15 — He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Matthew 1:21 — “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
John 1:29 — The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 3:17 — For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Hebrews 7:27 — …He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.
I John 1:7 — But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
I John 3:5 — But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
Matthew 1:18 — This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 14:28–…If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
Matthew 3:17 — And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Matt 26:63-64 — But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.
Romans 1:4 — …and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
Daniel 2:47–The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”
1 Timothy 6:13-15–I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time-God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Revelation 17:14 — They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings– and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
Revelation 19:16–On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
John 10:30 — Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.”
John 10:38 — But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
John 14:8-10 — Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
John 14:20 — On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
2 Corinthians 5:19 — …God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation (NKJ).
Colossians 1:19 — For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him
Matthew 28:20–And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
John 14:16-18 — And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Romans 8:9-11–You, however, are controlled, not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you
Matthew 19:28–Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things,when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne…
Revelation 3:21–To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.
Revelation 4:2-3–…there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.
Revelation 7:17–For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
he will lead them to springs of living water.
Revelation 19:4–The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne.
Revelation 22:3-4–The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
Jesus is the Lamb of God. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Jesus is the shepherd. Jesus is the Christ. Jesus is the Father. Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The scripture defines Jesus very clearly, so there is no need to put a blank space after “is”.
If this ad campaing were to be correct, it would read “Jesus is.”
The correct term to use is “is” a form of the verb “be” or “to be”. Grammatically, Jesus is, is correct, and does not need the blank space after it. Jesus exists.
No space to fill in, nothing to add, because there is nothing we add to him, he adds to us.
He is NOT a car, a house, a loan, debt, hate, fear, or anything else that fits into a blank space. Jesus is not a blank slate that can be written over for our own wants and desires. He is not an idea like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, he is real and tangible. Jesus Christ is our savior. He is our redeemer. He is the prince of peace. He is the author of our existence and we need to refer to him in such a manner, not how we ‘feel’ about Jesus.
Jesus is not an advertisement, he doesn’t need campaign managers, Jesus needs followers of the Word of God and people who are willing to listen and hear and understand the Word of God. (John 1:1-11)