What Child Is This? More Than Tongue Can Proclaim!
Who is Jesus? It’s a question that has been asked and asked over the years. It’s a question that has been studied and perhaps even over studied. Is Jesus the Son of God? Is Jesus God come in the flesh? Is Jesus the Saviour and hope of mankind? Did Jesus even exist? And if He did, was He just a good man or was He indeed who He claimed to be?
We know from the accounts in the Word of God that Jesus was indeed who He said He was! We also know that Jesus spent three years here on this earth doing ministry work. And here in our text tonight we find the Apostle John concluding John 21 with a very powerful statement!
What a statement about our Lord Jesus Christ! It shows us two very important things; 1. It shows the importance of every word of scripture that we have. We’ve got the absolute necessities right here in our hand! 2. Jesus did so much that even this world could not contain all of the books that would have to be written about what He did! And with this verse as our jumping off point for our message here tonight that is what we want to study and look at; what child is this? More than tongue can proclaim! And with this message, prayerfully we will see just how great of an awesome, powerful, holy, and loving God and Saviour that we serve as Christians here tonight!
Let us begin with some opening thoughts regarding just who Jesus is.
First we see that Jesus is Omniscient, He knows all things. To be omniscient is to have all knowledge, unlike normal men.
Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
A. W. Tozer said regarding God’s Omniscientness “God perfectly knows Himself and, being the source and author of all things, it follows that He knows all that can be known. And this He knows instantly and with a fullness of perfection that includes every possible item of knowledge concerning everything that exists or could have existed anywhere in the universe at any time in the past or that may exist in the centuries or ages yet unborn. God knows instantly and effortlessly all matter and all matters, all mind and every mind, all spirit and all spirits, all beings and every being, all creaturehood, and all creatures, all law and every law, all relations, all causes, all thoughts, all mysteries, all enigmas, all feeling, all desires, every unuttered secret, all thrones and dominions, all personalities, all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth, motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell.”
Isaiah 40:13-14 Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counselor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of understanding?
Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Psalm 104:24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
God, Jesus knows all! Just look at some of the things that Christ knows;
He sees all things.
Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
He knows all things (the big and small of His universe.)
Psalm 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
Matthew 10:29-30 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
He knows mankind, He knows our thoughts.
Psalm 139:2b “Thou understandest my thought afar off.”
Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? For he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
Psalm 139:4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
He knows our deeds. (Ps. 139:2-3; Rev. 2:2, 9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15).
Psalm 139:2-3 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
He knows our sorrows.
Exodus 3:7 And the Lord’ said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows.”
He knows our needs.
Matthew 6:31-32 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
He knows our devotion.
II Chronicles 16:9a “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
I Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
He knows our weakness.
Psalm 103:13-14 Like as a father pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
He knows our foolishness.
Psalm 69:5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
He knows His own.
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
II Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
He knows the past, present, and future.
Acts 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
He knows what might or could have been.
Matthew 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.”
He forms and knows the unborn child in the mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:12-17 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
Our Lord is Omniscient, He knows all things! Secondly, we see that Jesus is Omnipresent, He is always present and is everywhere present.
Genesis 28:16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Jeremiah 23:23-24 Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Our Lord is Omniscient, He knows all things, He is Omnipresent, He is always present and is everywhere present. Thirdly, we see that Jesus is Omnipotent, He is almighty and all-powerful!
I Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Revelation 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Who is Jesus?He is Omniscient, He knows all things, He is Omnipresent, He is always present and is everywhere present, and He is Omnipotent, He is almighty and all-powerful! But not only is He Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent, He is Eternal, Unchangeable, Holy, Righteous, and Faithful!
Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
I Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not;
I Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Psalm 145:17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
I Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
Psalm 129:4 The Lord is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.
Jeremiah 23:5-6 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
What wonderful thoughts these are for the Christian to know that we serve a God and a Saviour who is all knowing, always present, all powerful, Eternal, Unchangeable, Holy, Righteous, and Faithful!
Now we get into the main portion of tonight’s message and it is truly something that is a wonderful study, something that is an exciting study, and something that you really should do on your own at some point because it will truly give you an even greater sense of our Lord Jesus Christ and who He is!
For many, the only picture they get of Christ is what they see in the Gospels and the account of His time here on earth. But from the very beginning of the Bible in Genesis to the ending verse in Revelation, Christ is seen throughout all 66 books of the Word of God! And for the remainder of tonight’s message, that is what we are going to look at keeping in mind what John told us in our text, that this is but a glimpse into who our Lord Jesus is and all that He did!
In Genesis, He is the Seed of the woman. (Genesis 3:15, Luke 1:34-35)
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Luke 1:34-35 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
In Exodus, He is the Lamb for sinners slain. (Exodus 12:5, John 1:29 and 36)
Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
John 1:29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
In Leviticus, He is our High Priest. (Leviticus 16)
In Numbers, He is the Star of Jacob. (Number 24:17)
Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
In Deuteronomy, He is the Prophet like unto Moses. (Deut 18:15 and 18, John 6:14)
Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
In Joshua, He is the Captain of the Lord of Hosts.
In Judges, He is the Messenger of Jehovah, the Judge and Lawgiver.
In Ruth, He is our Kinsman Redeemer and Faithful Bridegroom. (Ruth 2:1 and Ruth 4:12-17)
Ruth 2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
Ruth 4:12-17 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman. So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse,
In I Samuel, He is seen as the Great Judge.
In II Samuel, He is the Princely King.
In I Kings, He is seen as David’s choice.
In II Kings, He is seen as the Holiest of all.
In I Chronicles, He is seen as the King by birth.
In II Chronicles, He is seen as King by judgment.
In Ezra, He is seen as Lord of heaven and earth.
In Nehemiah, He is seen as the Builder.
In Esther, He is our Mordecai.
In Job, He is our Daysman and our risen returning Redeemer.
In Psalms, He is the Son of God and the Good Shepherd.
Key Messianic Psalms: Chapters 2, 8, 16, 22, 45, 69, 89, 109, 110, 118
In Proverbs, He is our Wisdom.
In Ecclesiastes, He is as the One Above the Sun.
In Song of Solomon, He is the Great Church Lover, the One Altogether Lovely and the Chiefest among Ten Thousand.
In Isaiah, He is the Suffering and Glorified Servant.
In Jeremiah, He is the Lord Our Righteousness.
In Lamentations, He is the Man of Sorrows.
In Ezekiel, He is the Glorious God. (Ezekiel 34:23-24)
Ezekiel 34:23-24 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.
In Daniel, He is the Smithing Stone and the Messiah. (Daniel 2:34 and 44)
Daniel 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
In Hosea, He is the Risen Son of God.
In Joel, He is the Out-Pourer of the Spirit. (Joel 2:28-32)
Joel 2:28-32 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
In Amos, He is the Eternal Christ, the Burden Bearer.
In Obadiah, He is the Forgiving Christ.
In Jonah, He is the Risen Prophet.
In Micah, He is the Bethlehemite. (Micah 5:2)
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
In Nahum, He is the Bringer of Good Tidings.
In Habakkuk, He is the Lord in His Holy Temple.
In Zephaniah, He is the Merciful Christ.
In Haggai, He is the Desire of All Nations. (Haggai 2:7)
Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
In Zechariah, He is the Branch.
In Malachi, He is the Son of Righteousness with Healing in His Wings.
In Matthew, He is the King of the Jews.
In Mark, He is the Servant.
In Luke, He is the Perfect Son of Man.
In John, He is the Son of God.
In Acts, He is the Ascended Lord.
In Romans, He is the Lord Our Righteousness.
In I Corinthians, He is Our Resurrection.
In II Corinthians, He is Our Comforter.
In Galatians, He is the End of the Law.
In Ephesians, He is the Head of the Church. (Ephesians 1:22 and Ephesians 2:20)
Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
In Philippians, He is the Supplier of Every Need. (Philippians 4:19)
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
In Colossians, He is the Fullness of the Godhead. (Colossians 1:18)
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
In I Thessalonians, He comes for His Church.
In II Thessalonians, He comes with His Church.
In I Timothy, He is the Mediator.
In II Timothy, He is the Bestower of Crowns.
In Titus, He is our Great God and Saviour. (Titus 2:13)
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
In Philemon, He is the Payer of our Debt.
In Hebrews, He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
In James, He is the Lord Drawing Nigh. (James 5:7-9)
James 5:7-9 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
In I Peter, He is the Vicarious Sufferer.
In II Peter, He is the Lord of Glory.
In I John, He is the Way.
In II John, He is the Truth.
In III John, He is the Life.
In Jude, He is our Security.
In Revelation, He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Lamb of God, the Bright and Morning Star, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 1:17, 22:13, 5:5, 19:13, 19:16, and 22:16)
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Folks, we have but scratched the surface of answering the question who is Jesus? Truly, what we have in our Bibles, while it is the absolute necessities, it is indeed a limited revelation from an unlimited God intended for limited minds! I could not possibly do justice of fully explaining who Christ is in our short time here tonight but know this, He is a God who is awesome, all knowing, always present, all powerful, Eternal, Unchangeable, Holy, Righteous, and Faithful! And if you know Him in a personal way here tonight, He’s your Saviour, He’s your God, He’s my Saviour, He’s my God and what an awesome thought that is! What child is this? More than tongue can proclaim!