Who Is Jesus?
This is the most important question in human history.
Your answer determines your eternal destiny.
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Who Is Jesus?
And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.” However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews. (John 7:12-13, NKJV)
The same discussion still takes place every day. “Jesus was a good moral teacher, but He isn’t God.” “Jesus was a prophet, but He wasn’t the Messiah.” “Jesus was just one of many religious leaders, but He’s not the only way to heaven.”
Who is Jesus? First, we must examine who He Himself claimed to be:
“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24)
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”(John 6:40)
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
Now, because He claimed to be God because He claimed to be the only way anyone could make it to heaven, we can absolutely conclude that He is one of three things: He is either Lord, lunatic, or liar.
You see, when Jesus claimed to be God and the only way of salvation, He either knew it was true, was nutty enough to believe it was true or knew it wasn’t true. So you must decide who you believe Jesus is. He never left room for us to say, “He’s a good moral teacher, one of many religious leaders, possibly even a prophet.” We must absolutely believe that He was lying through His teeth when He made these claims, that He was delusionally psychopathic when He made these claims, or that they are absolutely true.
7:13 Speaking Openly
In spite of their strong feelings about who Jesus was, no one would talk about Him openly and publicly, because they were afraid of the Jews. Why? John tells us that:
His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. (John 9:22)
Put out of the synagogue! That was the religious and social center of a Jew’s life. If anyone was removed from the synagogue, it would mean social and financial devastation. Maybe that’s the reason you don’t speak openly about Jesus to people at work or school. You don’t want to be ostracized. You don’t want to be uncool. You don’t want to lose that client or that job. But Jesus said:
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him, the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:35-38)
Is your financial and social status so important to you so as to be ashamed of Jesus Christ? May it never be.
So, who is Jesus to you?