In Luke 4:22b, we find the following words, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” In chapter 4, the Lord Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted three times by the devil. After the third temptation we read in verse 12, “And Jesus answering said unto him, it is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Jesus as God knew He was God.
After Christ had resisted the temptation of the devil, he entered the synagogue to teach. The Bible tells us that Jesus stood to teach. In verses 18 and 19 he spoke these words,” The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering the sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Jesus was reading from the book of Isaiah 61:8. Jesus told his listeners that day that this prophecy was fulfilled before them. His listeners then ask the question quoted above, Is not this Joseph’s son?
The world in which we live is still having trouble trying to figure out who Christ is. Unfortunately some still seem to see him as a carpenter’s son, others see him as a good man, and there are even those who would admit that he is a prophet. The truth of the matter is, He is God. He is the creator of the world (John1:3). In 2 Timothy 1:10, Christ is called our Savior; and in Titus 2:13, he is called our great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. In 2 Peter 1:11, He is referred to as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The highly educated world of the 21st century seems to be unable to define who this person is called Christ. The answer is very clear when one goes to Scripture. I would like you today, dear reader, to go to the Scriptures and find Christ.
I believe today there are those in even greater number who try to define Christ outside the Scriptures. They will not arrive with the biblical answer by avoiding the Scripture. We are reminded in Colossians 2: 8-9, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of man, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Verse nine is there as a wonderful reminder. It says, “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
If you are a seeker today, I trust you are seeking Christ in the pages of the Bible. Someone said that the saving blood of Christ is a theme that runs through every page of the Bible. If you are a believer, and the philosophies of the world and the ways of modern man have caused you to lose sight of who Christ is, I would take you to Ephesians 2:10. “ For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” I challenge you, and I challenge myself to focus on the Christ of the Bible. Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” Philippians 2:10 says “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father.” If you seek Him, I promise you will find Him, and you will know He is God.