Who is Jesus?
Before we can answer the question of “Why Jesus?” maybe we should first ask, “Who is Jesus?” Liar, Lord, or Lunatic?
When you think about it, Jesus has to be one of these, right? After all, Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. Jesus claimed that he and his father (that is, God), were one. We know what Jesus thinks. But what do you think?
Probably the first thing we need to ask is what do you think about the Bible? Is it God’s Holy Word, written by God using the hands of prophets and apostles? Or is a collection of nice stories that a person can use to help guide their life but aren’t really written by God? Here’s the Bible has to say about itself:
Romans 10:17 (New Living Translation): 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
Hebrews 4:12-13 (New Living Translation): 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (New Living Translation): 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
So now I’ll ask, what do you believe about the Bible? And again after that, who is Jesus?
I ask you to take a moment and read through the following. Consider it. Pray about it. And think about it.
This is who Jesus is and what Jesus is about…
-Jesus is the Son of God. Old Testament prophets spoke of His coming and described the eternal and life-changing impact He would have.
-Jesus is both God and man. He stilled the seas and walked on water. With a touch of His hand, He cured incurable diseases. He restored life to those who had physically died.
-Jesus personifies love. He paid the ultimate price so that we could live with Him forever. He sees us through the eyes of love.
-He loves us in spite of every hurtful thought, every harmful word, and every wrongful action. These are all a result of sin, which contaminates everything we do. It is behind every broken home, every empty life, every infirmity, every damaged emotion, every sorrow and grief. And as the Bible says, the end result of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). But Jesus Himself was sinless; only He could pay the penalty for our sins.
-Because of his love, He suffered, died, and rose again.
-We are forgiven. All who believe in Jesus are guaranteed eternal life with Him in heaven.
-Why did Jesus do this? Because Jesus is love.
Now that we’ve talking about who Jesus is, let’s talk about why we need to bother with Jesus. What does Jesus have to do with your life, right? Turns out, a lot. Suffering and pain touch everyone. At times life seems like an endless cycle of hopelessness. Even Christians, who claim that Jesus is the source of hope amidst the struggles, still suffer. They still struggle. They still die. So, what’s the point? What difference does Jesus make?
First, look at the brokenness that invades your life—those things that cause guilt, shame, and grief. They exist because of a condition called sin—sin separates you from God and robs you of the peace, comfort and hope you desperately crave. And no matter how hard you try, there isn’t anything you can do to make things right again on your own. That’s where Jesus comes in.
Jesus knows the misery you feel. Jesus makes the difference at that very point—when your pain intersects your cry for help. Jesus is God’s answer to that cry.
Jesus took the punishment you deserve. He died in your place so that you can be forgiven. Because you are forgiven, you can have the comfort of knowing you are at peace with God and the certainty that He provides you with the strength to cope with guilt, shame and grief.
And because of what Jesus has done for you, your past is forgiven, your present can be lived with confidence, and your future is guaranteed.
For all who believe in Jesus, an everlasting world—without suffering, sin and death—is assured. This glorious place called heaven is where you will see Jesus face to face.
Thanks for reading this. All we ask is that you be open to the possibility that Jesus is God and that the Bible is true. None of us has all the answers to life. But one thing we do know – we know what the Bible tells us about Jesus. We know that Jesus is God and God loves us. That doesn’t mean our life ceases to have its challenges, troubles, and issue. It does mean, however, that we are not alone and that ultimately, we will be will God in heaven one forever because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. That is something to take great joy in – knowing that this life is only temporary and that our true life begins with Jesus in heaven. In the meantime, we live, we love, we enjoy, we endure, we survive, we help others, and we share this message of great joy of salvation in Christ with others because we want all to share in that joy.
Liar, Lord, or Lunatic? The choice is clear isn’t it?
Thank God! That is, thank you, Lord!
Come by and visit us at St. John Lutheran Church. I’m sure you have more questions. I don’t promise to have all the answers but together we will open up the Bible and see what God has to tell us.
See you soon!
(Portions above included from the LCMS website at www. LCMS.org)