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The more I think about Jesus, the more I continue to be astounded. What follows is just one example that makes me shake my head in wonder: When Pilate had Jesus punished, the Roman soldiers were whipping the Creator of the universe.

What a mind-blowing thought.

What is this Jesus, whom Christians follow, like? What are His characteristics?

As stated above, He is our Creator. He created you in the womb. As you were being formed, He gave you whatever talents and gifts that you possess. You didn’t design yourself in your mom’s tummy. You didn’t decide anything at all about your looks, intelligence, or giftedness.

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).1

Not only did He create you, He created everything that exists. Mass. Space-time. Gravity. Electromagnetism. Energy. Quantum particles. Light. Should I continue? Sunflowers and eagles and butterflies and jellyfish. Everything.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:15–16).

And, of course, we know that Jesus is the Savior. In His death and resurrection, He conquered sin. Believers are washed clean of their sins. They are righteous. Spotless. Without blemish. Forgiven. Holy ones, saints—not because of anything at all that they have done but only because of Jesus. He conquered death. You will never die, if you are a Christian. He conquered hell. You won’t have to live in that awful place, if that can be called living. He conquered the grave. One day, He will raise up our bodies. Death no longer has dominion over Him, and death will no longer have any dominion over us—no vestige or aspect of it. He conquered the devil. We are no longer his slaves.

However, this Creator and Savior is also our King. He is not just a king, He is King of all kings. King of all rulers, presidents, prime ministers, and dictators forever. There will be no other sovereign head, no other government during all of eternity.

We are brothers with this Creator, Savior, and King.

Jesus said to Mary, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’” (John 20:17).

We are friends with this Savior, King, Brother, and Creator—if we are obedient, I should add.

“You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:14–15).

Finally, our Friend, Brother, King, Creator, and Savior is our servant. Read this passage in Luke and be astounded once more:

“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them” (Luke 12:37).

Don’t think that Jesus just took this servant role for the brief time He walked on earth. No, Jesus has always been a servant. That is part of who He is. If we don’t let Him wash our feet, we have no share with Him (John 13:8)

Our God, our Jesus, is beyond our comprehension. How can a Christian not glorify Him? Not praise Him?

Lord Jesus, we praise You. You are the almighty, living God, Creator of all things, the One who took away the sins of the world.

1All scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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