The Simplest Defintion
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 52; Revelation 1; Psalms 143, 144
Today’s Key Passage – Revelation 1:12-18
During my career as an investigator, I have interrogated thousands of people. While the purpose and the ultimate course of each interrogation were different, I began each one in exactly the same way. After a brief introduction, I would ask each of the people I was interrogating to tell me a little about themselves. I was always fascinated by the way some people chose to define themselves. Some people would talk about their childhood. Others would talk about their spouse or their children. Some people simply were not able to tell me anything about themselves, either because they were nervous or because they had never really thought about how they would sum up their lives in a few short minutes.
Many people throughout the ages have spent a lot of time trying to define Jesus. Some people literally spend years of their lives trying to come up with a definition for Him. There are entire books written with the singular goal of trying to define this man who lived over 2000 years ago. The simplest definition for Jesus, at least in my opinion, can be found in today’s key passage, and it comes from the greatest possible source. As the apostle John was exiled on the island of Patmos, Jesus appeared to him. When John saw Jesus in all of his glory, he immediately fell at His feet. Jesus told John not to be afraid, and then He defined Himself by saying, “I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Vss. 17-18) In these three simple sentences, Jesus tells us everything we need to know about Him. He is God, He was dead, but was raised and He now lives forever, and He holds the keys to eternal salvation. As followers of Christ, each of us will spend our lives building on that definition as we learn more about Him and get to know Him better, but at the most basic level, this simple definition is the best place to start.
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