Who do you say that I am?

People have been asking this same question for the past 2000 years. In fact, Jesus himself asked his followers this question “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)

Some say Jesus Christ was just a good man, or maybe a great teacher. Some call him a prophet or a miracle worker.

He is much more than that. We can know the truth about Jesus’ true identity through the Bible, by looking at his teaching and life and through His work in the lives of those who follow him.

Jesus is God

Philippians 2:6 says that Jesus was “in the form of God” and possessed “equality with God” before humbling himself by coming to our world as a human. Not only did he claim to be God, but he also claimed to have the power of God.

He said he has the authority to judge the nations (Matthew 25:31-46). There are many more examples but the Bible is clear that Jesus is God, but how can God relate to us as human beings?

Jesus is Man

Jesus is also man. “Word of God became flesh” (John 1:14). That means God became human. He was born and raised in a family, the Bible specifically talks about his learning and growing as a child (Luke 2:40), just like you or I.

He experienced the things we do – Jesus became thirsty (John 4:7), hungry and tired. Jesus felt human emotions. He felt pressured and troubled (John 13:21) and he was tempted (Hebrews 4:15). We see the loss of a dear friend bringing pain to his heart and he wept (John 11:35).

What do others say about Jesus?

“I am a historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very centre of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.”

H.G. Wells, author

“I am trying here to prevent anyone 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. He did not intend to. ”

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

 

“I know men, and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every person in the world, there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

“Jesus is not one of the group of the world’s great. Talk about Alexander the Great and Charles the Great and Napoleon the Great if you will…Jesus is apart. He is not the Great – He is the only.”

Carnegie Simpson, historian

 

When asked what he felt the apex of history was “The three years that Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth.”

Will Durant, historian, and philosopher

 

“Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the Child of a peasant woman. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He had nothing to do with this world except the naked power of His Divine manhood. While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying—and that was His coat. When He was dead He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Such was His human life—He rises from the dead. Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the Centrepiece of the human race and the Leader of the column of progress. I am within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life.”

James C. Hefley, author

What did Jesus say about himself?

Jesus said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:25

” I have come in order that you might have life –life in all its fullness.”

John 10:10

“I HAVE COME “

that you might have life

John 10:10

What did Jesus say about himself?

Being both fully God and fully man, Jesus is the unique bridge between man and God and this is why he came. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Through the Cross, Jesus is dealing with our wrong doing (sin) and its results (separation from God). He is breaking down the barrier between God and humankind. He is the only one who can forgive us and restore us to a right relationship with God. Today millions of people around the world follow him, testifying to his power in changing their life and relationship with God.

The cross changed everything

Popular historian Tom Holland explains why the Christian idea that God suffered the death of a crucified slave fundamentally changed the world.

Next Steps

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Jesus Loves You

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Jesus Forgives

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