The Roles of Jesus
 — Lucas Reist

May 17, 2015
Youth Sunday

Throughout our lifespan countless people play a part in our lives. Whether it be a parent, sibling, friend, a teacher or any other role that affects who we are in some way. These effects on us can be minisule or soul-changing. One of the largest and most important figures who plays a role in shaping our lives is, of course, Jesus. In the seventeenth chapter of the gospel of John, six different roles of Jesus are described. Each one unique in their own way, but all of them are centered toward us.

The first role mentioned is the role of Authority. In the second verse, it is outlined that the Son of God was given the power over all mankind. He is since, the power-holder of our lives. Jesus also plays the role of the people’s leader. In a total of six times, Jesus was given all the people of the world by the Lord. In my opinion, I count that as Jesus assuming the role of ownership in a friendly way. He is the person that looks after us and the person we go to, our leader.

The third role is the most well-known; he is our Savior. He fulfills this “vocation” by offering us eternal life. This counts Him as our Savior, because he literally saves us from spending eternity in the fiery dimension we know as Hell, and instead pays for our sins and allows us to walk in heaven, forever. One of my favorite roles that Jesus plays is the role of the Messenger of God’s Word. When Jesus was upon the Earth, he brought the word of God in a whole new way. I’m talking about how God’s own Son was delivering his covenant, his empire to us. Jesus delivered God’s Word as a messenger would deliver a most sacred letter, because it was and it is.

The next role mentioned was the role of a Rewarder. By this I don’t mean physical gifts, but of recognition and glory. This was outlined in the 22nd verse when Jesus speaks to God, saying “the glory which thou gavest me I have given them.” He is the person that did and will bestow glory upon us.

The final role of Jesus is based around the most powerful thing in the world, God’s Love. In the 26th verse of John 17, we read, “And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love where with thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” This shows us Jesus is the Giver of God’s Love. He is the Physical Deliverer of our Lord’s Love, the love He had for us even before he uttered the command ”Let there be light.”