Who is Jesus?
‘I am… the truth…’ (John 14:6)
Who am I? What is the purpose of life? How can I know God is real and trustworthy? How can I live a good life in this world? These are some of life’s most important questions. The Bible doesn’t try to give us direct answers to all our questions, instead it points us to a person, the person of Jesus.
‘who do you say I am?’ (Matt 15:16)
Jesus lived the most compelling life – healing, forgiving, reconciling, instructing and comforting people with his powerful presence. He challenged greed and injustice, critiqued dead religion, befriended outcasts and defended the weak. He was just as comfortable eating with prostitutes as he was confident talking with kings. His teaching about money, sex, power and every area of life that’s important to us have transformed our world for the better. Love him or hate him but we can’t ignore him, history won’t allow us.
‘I am the resurrection and the life…’ (John 11:25)
Central to Jesus’ teaching was his claim to be God in the flesh. He wouldn’t allow us to see him as a prophet or a teacher – a good moral and spiritual example. He was constantly pointing to the fact that he came to live the life we ought to have lived, die the death we ought to have died and be raised to life, to give us and the whole world a fresh start – a life of victory over death and evil now and forever more.
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son so that no one need be
destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. John 3:16 MSG