Who is Jesus?

According to the Bible, this is the most important question anyone could ask. In fact, Jesus himself asked his disciples:

“Who do people say I am?”

Of course, people 2,000 years ago had a number of different opinions. Some thought he was a prophet. Others thought he was a reincarnation of Elijah or John the Baptist.

Today people also differ on who he is. Some people think of him as a good bloke, others see him as a religious or moral teacher. Muslims today regard him as just a prophet.

But Jesus went on to ask his disciples, “Who do you say I am?” And Peter, one of Jesus disciples, answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” That is a staggering claim which Jesus himself affirms when he says to Peter, “Blessed are you, Simon, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.”

Jesus was fully man.

He was born into the world, so he can identify completely with us and the struggles and temptations we face. He came to earth in human form to reveal God to us, and living a perfect life, to die in our place, to pay the penalty for our rebellion and sin against God. He made it possible for us to be forgiven and become children of God with the promise of eternal life.

Jesus was also fully God.

As we read the gospels we see that Jesus has obvious divine qualities. He speaks with complete authority. He has authority over nature calming a storm with a word. He heals the sick, gives sight to the blind, and even he raises the dead – things that only God can do. Jesus himself says, “I am in the Father, and the Father is in me.” After he died Jesus was vindicated by his physically resurrection, and he now sits in heaven at the right hand of God.

Jesus is the only way to Heaven.

Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” This is the challenge of Christianity. Jesus claims to be the only way to God. It is only by believing in Jesus that we can be forgiven of our sins and reconciled to God. So the Bible says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so no one can boast.”

Jesus will one day return to judge all humanity

Jesus will come to judge as well as to create the new heavens and earth, in which those who loved and trusted him will live in his presence forever.

What do you think?

Is Jesus the Son of God and the Saviour of the world? Is he your Saviour? If you have come to believe in Him, here is a prayer you can pray expressing this:Lord Jesus Christ, I admit I am weaker and more sinful than I ever thought, but through you, I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. Thank you for paying my debt, bearing the punishment for my sin, and offering me forgiveness. I turn from my sins and receive you as my Saviour and Lord. Amen.

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