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Here’s a question asked by 24,900,000 people on a monthly average on Google alone. And this is not taking into consideration other search-engines like Yahoo, Bing and so forth… So, who is Jesus?
“I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.
That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says He is a poached egg — or else He would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice.
Either this Man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).
We would never dream of viewing a man, who had claimed to be before Abraham (John 8:58), as having the authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:9-11); or He who refers to Himself as the only way to the Father as merely a good teacher (John 14:6). Jesus’ claims are far too bold to dismiss Him as such. So, who is He?
He is the Hope of humankind. Whether He is laying in a manger or walking on water, He exudes a greatness that grips our attention. There is no one who hated sin more, and no one who loved the sinner more. He was so authoritative that demons would flee from Him; yet, so gentle that children would come to Him.
Indeed, there is no one in all of human history like Jesus. When sin had created a chasm that we could not cross and we were incapable of reaching out to God, God came to us. Jesus took the penalty of sin that was due to us and bore the wrath of God so that we may be saved.
In fact, the Father made Jesus, who never knew sin, to become sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). So He took our sins, and as a result, we wear His perfection. This is the Gospel; and it is truly remarkable.
As Tim Keller writes, “The essence of other religions is advice; Christianity is essentially news.” (The King’s Cross). At the heart of Christianity is not advice on how you can reach God, but news about what God has done in history to reach out to you; and He still opens His arms to anyone who wishes to come to Him.
Discuss: Who is Jesus to you? How did you encounter the person of Jesus? What have you experienced through Jesus? It’s your testimony time!
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