Who do you say that Jesus is?
As Jesus approached the district of Caesarea Philippi, He questioned His followers, ‘Who do people claim to be the Son of Man?’ they replied. Some claimed to be John the Baptist, while others claimed to be Elijah, while others claimed to be Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But who do you claim that I am?’ he inquired of them. Simon Peter said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,’ and the rest is history. And Jesus responded by saying, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!’ (Matthew 5:3) My Father in heaven has revealed this to you, not flesh and blood.'” “For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.'” (Matthew 16:13-17; my italics are mine.) Everything in life is predicated on one single question posed by Jesus: “Who do you claim that I am?” Jesus adds, “It doesn’t matter what others think of Me.” What do you think I am, and how do you know?
This question was posed to the disciples at an opportune moment in their lives.
He is immersed in water.
After then, He begins to serve in public ministry.
- People’s preconceived notions of reality were shattered in the light of His teaching.
- The greatest of all are the least of all.
- Death is a place where life can be found.
- And then we see that Jesus not only taught about the methods of the kingdom, but He also brought the kingdom into being himself.
- Heals the servant of the centurion.
- Casts demons from the body, allowing the disabled to walk, the blind to see, and the dumb to speak.
- He can walk on water.
He is critical of the religious culture of the day, as well as its leaders.
“Come, follow Me,” He says to His disciples, who respond enthusiastically.
It asserts authority that is exclusively held by God.
He also claims to be the only way back to the Father.
Is it, though, something we believe?
What do YOU believe Jesus to be?
These are the same questions that people have been wrestling with since the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
However, I really like what C.S.
I’m trying to dissuade people from saying something extremely stupid about Jesus, which is that he’s God.
It would be difficult to consider Jesus a great moral teacher if he were simply a man who spoke the kinds of things Jesus said.
You are required to make a decision.
Whether you want to shut him up and call him an idiot, spit on him and murder him as a demon, or fall at his feet and hail him Lord and God, let us avoid bringing up any patronizing rubbish about his being a wonderful human teacher.
As a result, however strange, terrifying, or unlikely it may appear, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.” “Now it appears to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and as a result, however strange, terrifying, or unlikely it may appear, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.” Pure Christianity, pages 55-56.) The continued definition of Jesus as a great moral teacher reduces His teachings, which include the whole New Testament, to a moral guidance that we may either accept or reject on our own terms.
- In contrast, if you have come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, then God with us, in the person of Immanuel.
- As our Lord and Savior.
- Our Counselor, if you will.
- Our Healer is here.
- Our sole ray of hope Our whole existence.
- If you and I believe that Jesus is who He claims to be, then we must be willing to lay down our life and fully commit to Him.
- It entails living a life of repentance on a daily basis, moving away from sin and toward Jesus.
- It entails accepting the Bible as the infallible Word of God and submitting to its authoritative authority.
- It implies that we genuinely perform the Word of God and follow the mandates of God.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you want to go all-in with me? Let’s go ahead and do it. Let’s all jump in together and see where Jesus takes us. I’d love to hear what you have to say! Please share them in the comments section.
Who do you say Jesus is?
Session 9: A 24-Day Devotional Based on the Book of Luke After a long day of ministering and helping, Jesus took some time to be alone with His followers. Following His prayer with His Father, Jesus started to examine and prod His disciples’ hearts, asking, “Who do the people claim that I am?” (Luke 9:18). If you polled a large group of people today, you would obtain similar responses:
- A physician who treats the ill and the disabled
- A great teacher and theologian, who lived in the past. Being a “nice person,” setting a good example, and being a close friend are all desirable qualities. a charm of good fortune
- A martyr’s life
- A prophet who prophesied the future or a past prophet who had come back to life
- John the Baptist (who was actually Jesus’ cousin)
- Jesus himself
“‘However, what about you?’ he inquired. ‘Can you tell me who you think I am?’ Peter responded with the phrase ‘God’s Messiah.'” (See also Luke 9:20.) In the same way that we are recognized by our actions today, Jesus was known more often by His actions. Above all, Peter recognized Jesus as the prophesied Messiah and the Son of God, despite the opposition. And he was certain of both Jesus’ identity and the role that Jesus played in his own life. What are your thoughts? Who do you think Jesus is, and why do you think that?
- Or is He the sum of your existence, the be-all and end-all?
- Is He the King of your heart and the reigning Ruler of your life?
- According to Romans 10:9-10, “It is sufficient to confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead for you to be saved by grace.
- You haven’t said who you believe Jesus is
- What kind of testimony do you have if you have confessed Jesus as your Lord and Savior? In order to surrender to Jesus’ will for your life, what is one step you may do today?
Who do you say Jesus is?
Because Jesus is demanding of his followers after having been with them for perhaps a year, a year and a half, or close to two years, as I indicated in the introduction, it’s a bit of a confrontation. Jesus is saying to them: “What makes you believe you know who I am? What do other people have to say about me?” Even after you’ve heard the replies, the man goes right to the heart of the matter: “Well, OK, who do you say I am?” The twelfth Sunday of the month of Ordinary Time Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1; 14:1; 15:1 The following verses from Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, and 8-9.
- You’ll notice a significant change.
- If we recognize that and say, “Yes, he is the Christ,” that should make a huge difference in our lives.
- If you look in Matthew’s Gospel for this identical incident, the same challenge that Jesus gives, it’s dragged out a little bit more, and you get a greater picture of the sort of struggle that it is.
- After he says that, Peter comes back – the one who had proclaimed, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God” – Peter pulled him aside and began to reprimand him: “Never, Lord, never!
- You don’t have to go to Jerusalem, be handed over to those who hate you, be tortured and killed.
- Crowds are following him; he can demand whatever he wants.
- You can have a whole band of soldiers fighting for you.
- You are an obstacle in my path.
- He was rejecting all of that and saying, “The only way to change the world, to transform it into the reign of God, is through the power of love.” That’s why that first lesson today reminds us of what happened on Calvary.
- He had been stabbed to death, and we think of Jesus, who on the cross: “Father, forgive them.” Even as he’s being put to death, being pierced in the side with the soldier’s sword, Jesus is rejecting any retaliation, any revenge, any violence.
- If we’re going to be a disciple of Jesus, we must follow his way.
In the pastoral letter, the bishops said at the time in the following pages: “We should like to spell out some of the implications of being a community of disciples of Jesus in a time when our nation is so heavily armed with nuclear weapons and is engaged in a continuing development of new weapons, together with strategies for their use.” So here we are – a community of disciples in a country where this is happening, and it’s still happening.
- Now last week, PresidentObamagave a speech in Berlinin which hewe have to reduce this arsenal that much; meaningless, really.
- They’ll bring about the destruction of our whole planet when we use them and, as you have just heard, we are in a country developing constantly new strategies for their use.
- The Jesus who poured forth his love as he’s being executed on the cross is trying to show us the only way to change our world, to end violence and war and suffering, is to follow his way: the way of love.
- It has to do, I think, most of all with this whole idea of the transforming power of love if we’re going to follow Jesus, the son of Mary and the son of God.
- But now Paul tells us, there’s also following Jesus, who is the risen Christ, the son of God in glory, because that’s what happens at baptism.
- We live the risen life of Jesus Christ, and as his disciples, we must follow how Jesus is transformed, going through death and new life in his resurrection.
- Totally transformed – that’s what resurrection does.
Now we’re transformed if we follow him.
All of you are one in Christ Jesus, and now, if we follow Jesus, we will live that way.
We will live the way of Jesus, breaking down all of those barriers, and that will bring peace into our world.
I’ll say something else that I think is very pertinent right here and now in this church.
There would be no shortage of ordained ministers because Jesus has taken away that distinction, even between male and female.
We would have plenty of ministers if we would just be listening to Jesus and following his way.
Are we really ready to accept his challenge: “If you want to be my disciples, deny your very self and follow me”?
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Who Do You Say Jesus Is?
There is no question that Jesus existed, at least according to historical evidence. His life is documented in the Bible and several other texts. However, there is still debate over who He was in reality. Is Jesus the Son of God? It’s possible that the question we should be asking instead is, “Who is Jesus to you?”
Who do You Say Jesus Is?
Jesus raised this question to His followers in three of the four gospels (the four books of the Bible that record the account of Jesus’ life), according to the Bible. When Jesus initially began His career, there was a great deal of disagreement over who He was. Everyone had something to say. “Who do men claim that I, the Son of Man, am?” Jesus inquired of His followers in the book of Matthew. So they responded, ‘Some believe it was John the Baptist, some believe it was Elijah, and yet others believe it was Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But who do you claim that I am?’ he inquired of the group.
- He responded by saying, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’ ” Jesus was traveling from town to town, teaching to the Jewish people about the good news of God’s Kingdom of Heaven and Earth.
- People assumed he was just an excellent instructor, or even a prophet in certain cases.
- Jesus was well aware that people’s perceptions of Him were diverse, but what mattered most to Him was what His own disciples thought of Him in the first place.
- Peter confidently announced who he believed Jesus to be: the Christ, the Son of the living God, in the presence of the entire congregation.
- In our daily lives, we may have an impact on the trajectory of our lives when we announce who Jesus is via trust in him.
Jesus Is the Resurrection and the Life
John 11 depicts a distressing scene in which Martha (a ardent follower of Jesus) is sad because her brother Lazarus has died; she is also furious with Jesus for not arriving sooner to assist Lazarus. “I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus told Martha when he arrived at the tomb, despite the fact that Lazarus had been dead for four days when he arrived. “He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies,” says the Lord. After that, Jesus beckoned Lazarus out of the grave, which he dutifully did!
In the same way, Jesus is the resurrection and the life for us; He has the ability to bring the things that are dead inside us back to life. If we are in need of hope, peace, or joy, He has the ability to bring those things to life in us!
Jesus is the Bread of Life
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus proclaimed in the Gospel of John. “He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who trusts in Me will never be thirsty,” says the Lord. Bread was a fundamental food in Jesus’ day, just as it is now, and it was something that people ate every day. Jesus was painting an image in His listeners’ minds, showing them that if they relied on Him on a daily basis, just as they did real food, they would never longer be hungry. Christ promised that He would spiritually fulfill themin in a manner that no other object on earth could.
When we allow Jesus to be our Bread of Life, we feel profound contentment and happiness like we’ve never known before, and our sense of emptiness begins to fade.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life
Have you ever felt as if you were on a journey that you couldn’t find your way back to? Have you ever questioned whether something is truly true and whether it is not? What do you think is correct and what do you think is wrong? Or, rather, what is the actual meaning of life? This is the response Jesus gave to His followers when they asked these questions: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” “There is no other way to the Father but through Me.” Everything else comes into place when we recognize Jesus as our truth, our path, and our life.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd
Ever felt that you were on a journey that you couldn’t find your way back? Have you ever questioned if something is truly true or not? Was there anything that was correct, and was there anything that was incorrect? Or, more specifically, what is the actual meaning of existence? “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus told His followers in response to their queries. Anyone who does not come through Me will not be able to reach the Father.” Everything comes into place when we recognize Jesus as our truth, our path, and our life.
Jesus is the Light of the World
Jesus then spoke to them once again, proclaiming, ‘I am the light of the world.’ ” Whoever walks in My footsteps won’t walk in darkness, but will walk in the light of life.” One time, shortly before applying saliva-moistened mud to a blind man’s eyes (and thereby curing him), and another time, just after he spared an adulterous woman from being stoned to death by emphasizing to her attackers that they, too, were sinners, Jesus characterized Himself as the Light of the World.
When Jesus shines as the Light of the World, he heals the sick and gives hope to those who are in darkness.
Back to the Question
What do you believe Jesus to be? Interestingly, this is not only an issue for Jesus’ disciples 2000 years ago, but also for us in the present day. Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God, and the fulfillment of all Scripture. When we refer to Him as our Bread of Life, we are declaring that He is the One who fully fulfills our needs. When we announce that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life, we are inviting Him to bring the things that are dead to life in us as well. When we proclaim that He is the Path, the Truth, and the Life, we are asserting that His route is the correct way.
Because He is the Good Shepherd, we may be certain that He is looking for us. Moreover, when we proclaim Him to be the Light of the World, He flashes His splendor into every dark corner of our hearts. Jennell Houts is the author of this piece.
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Who Do You Say Jesus Is? – JD Greear Ministries
I remember hearing an interview with Bono on a public news channel, and the issue of Jesus came up during the conversation. As a result, I’m guessing Bono was in one of his truth-seeking moods, since here’s what he had to say: In response to the Christ tale, the secular answer always goes something like this: ‘He was a wonderful prophet, evidently a very intriguing man, who had a lot to say along the lines of previous great prophets, whether they were Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha or Confucius.'” Christ, on the other hand, responds, “No.” I’m not claiming to be a teacher, and please do not address me as one.
- I’m not claiming to be a foreteller of the future.
- And others say: ‘No, no, no, just be a prophet,’ which is completely false.
- We know you’re a little out there, but we’ve seen John the Baptist eat locusts and wild honey before, so we’re used to dealing with eccentricities.
- Because, you know, if you say anything like that, we’re going to have to crucify you.
- truly am the Messiah,’ he says.
- You are talking about a psychopath on the level of Charles Manson here.
For me, it seems far-fetched that a nutcase could alter and turn the course of civilization for more than half of the world.” “What Bono was communicating, despite the anchor’s best efforts to change the subject, is basically what the Apostle Peter said to those who liked Jesus but would not submit to his lordship: “Therefore, let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucify, into the Son of God,” Peter said (Acts 2:36 CSB).
- Jesus said that he was the Messiah, the long-awaited King of Israel.
- God, on the other hand, overturned their decision via his own act, the resurrection, declaring Jesus to be both Lord and Messiah.
- It’s past time to put Jesus’ game of redefinition to rest once and for all.
- We would never do something like this with another human being.
- Consider the possibility if someone approached you and said, “I’ve been keeping an eye on you, and I’d want to write your biography.” That’s really impressive, isn’t it?
- Your employment aspirations were as earthbound and fruitless as your astronaut fantasies as a result of this, which led to a succession of positions that you couldn’t hold onto for long periods of time.
- “Even today, your 15 feline buddies are your only source of company.” “I know none of this is true, but you’re much more intriguing this way,” they say as soon as they notice your face drop.
My bet is that your sense of honor would swiftly turn into a sense of humiliation.
People are not interchangeable parts of a Lego set.
Neither is Jesus, for that matter.
If you’re not comfortable with the Jesus who actually existed, at the very least be intellectually honest enough to say that you reject him completely.
When it comes to defining who you believe Jesus to be, there are only two possible outcomes: either you have surrendered to him as Lord and Messiah, or you have rejected him as Messiah.
Jesus is either Lord of all or he isn’t Lord at all, depending on how you look at it.
Which side of the line do you like to be on?
Better still, what does your life have to say about who he really is?
It is impossible to name Jesus “Lord” and not live in complete submission to him.
I was wondering what you would reply if I asked you, “Why would God allow you to enter heaven?” What would you respond?
Are you evangelizing to others about Jesus?
The only way you could do this is if you didn’t truly believe it. It is impossible for anyone else to bring us salvation because there is no other name under heaven given to humans by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). What is your own opinion about Jesus based on your life experiences?
Who Do You Say Jesus Is?
|“Now when Jesus came into the district of CaesareaPhilippi, He was asking His disciples, ‘Who do people say thatthe Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist;and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of theprophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?'”(Matthew 16:13-15) This is a question that theologians,historians, philosophers, and common folk have pondered forcenturies. Who was Jesus? Was he just a good man or philosopherwho left us with some virtuous teachings to live by? Was hejust another prophet? Or was he a madman or who thought he wasdivine, or an impostor who claimed to be God? Did he even reallyexist, or was he just a fabrication of men who lived nearlytwo thousand years ago? Jesus asked His disciples whothe people of His day thought He was, and they gave answersranging from John the Baptist to one of the prophets of oldentimes come back to life. But then He turned the question tothem, His followers of a few years. Who did they think He was?Before any of the disciples answered, Peter gave his reply:”You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peterexpressed his firm conviction that Jesus was the promised Messiah,the Son of the living God. This showed that he believed Jesusto be more than just a mere man with some good ideas, but deityin the flesh. As the passage says, Jesus Christ declared Peterto be blessed, since one could only profess such a convictionby revelation from God the Father. Today, as in centuries past,attacks have been made on the deity of Jesus Christ. These attackshave come from three directions. The first attack promotes anexalted view of man. This view holds that all men are divinebeings. In other words, all men are little ‘gods’. While ittrue that man is divine, it is only because he was made in theimage of God. He has divine potential, and by God’s grace hecan become a partaker of the divine nature. But if Jesus isdivine only in the same sense that man is divine, then He wasnot God, but merely an exalted man. And there is a great differencebetween an exalted man and God. The second attack promotes asmaller view of Jesus. This view attempts to explain away thegreat things said of Christ in the Bible and in history. Scientistsand humanistic philosophers brush aside as irrelevant or ridiculousanything that cannot be conformed to their theories. They deny,declaring as superstitions of unenlightened men, miracles andother supernatural events. And they believe that if given sufficienttime, they will be able to explain away everything supernaturaland divine about Jesus, reducing Him from God to a mere manthat fits within their parameters. The third attack promotes theidea of an extended and diminished deity. Those who maintainthis view claim to believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, yetthe definition of deity they hold to is so elusive and negativethat it has the end result of not being deity at all. They believeJesus to be a good and perfect man, that this is the essenceof His Godhood. If Jesus was God only in this sense, then HisGodhood is quite diminished and even fragile. If these attempts to deny thedeity of Jesus of were to succeed, the following would be thenatural consequences. If Jesus was merely a good man,then the Bible is not the word of God, but merely a good bookon the same level as other literature. If Jesus is not God, then menhave no Savior, since He could not forgive sin just by beinga good man. Some say Jesus was a great and wise Teacher andgood man, stopping short of calling Him God. Yet this great,wise, and good Teacher said that man is need of a Savior andthat He is the only Savior men can come to for forgiveness ofsin and salvation. If it is true that Jesus is not God, thenHe has deceived and misled people and declared as truth a lie.So if Jesus is not God, He is not even a good man. If Jesus is not God, then thereis no salvation for men. Salvation without a Savior is likea car without gasoline. Whatever feelings we may have of beingsaved or changed lives we may experience would be all a delusion.If Jesus is not God, then thereis no heaven. For if He is not God He did not rise from thedead. And if He did not rise from the dead then neither willwe. When we die we remain dead and rot in our graves as thosewho have gone before us. Plain and simple, either Jesuswas God or He was not. If He was not God, then He either wasdeceived about Himself or deceived others about Himself. WasHe deceived about Himself? Did He deceive others about Himself?Was He deluded or mentally unbalanced? There is no evidencethat was. On the contrary, He was calm, self-contained, utteredsound judgment in every position He took, and was sane in everyrespect. Therefore this alternative must be rejected. But wasJesus a deceiver, a fraud, an imposter? When examining His lifeand teachings, it can be seen that He was the epitome of truthand goodness. His influence on humanity has been to recreatepeople who are trustworthy, dependable, at peace with each other,and reconciled to God. This alternative likewise must be rejected.So we return to the first proposition, the only remaining alternative.Namely, that Jesus is God. But this argument does not fullysatisfy, since saving faith comes not as a result of logic ormental processes, but life experience. People realize Jesusis God as they learn to know Him and seek to live for Him. The Bible testifies to the deityof Jesus Christ. The Apostle John wrote his Gospel to provethat Jesus was God come in the flesh. In the opening chapterhe says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word waswith God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh,and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the onlybegotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John1:1, 14) Near the conclusion of his Gospel he says, “Butthese have been written so that you may believe that Jesus isthe Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may havelife in His name.” (John 20:31) The following is a small samplingof Biblical passages that affirm the deity of Jesus Christ:”Therefore the Lord Himselfwill give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with childand bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”(Isaiah 7:14) “For a child will be bornto us, a son will be given to us; And the government willrest on His shoulders; And His name will be called WonderfulCounselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”(Isaiah 9:6) “‘BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALLBE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HISNAME IMMANUEL,’ which translated means, ‘GOD WITH US.'”(Matthew 1:23) “In the beginning wasthe Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God. All things came into beingthrough Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being thathas come into being. And the Word became flesh, and dweltamong us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begottenfrom the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-3,14) “For this reason the Jewswere persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these thingson the Sabbath. But He answered them, ‘My Father is workinguntil now, and I Myself am working.’ For this reason thereforethe Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because Henot only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling GodHis own Father, making Himself equal with God. Therefore Jesusanswered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you,the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is somethingHe sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, thesethings the Son also does in like manner. For the Father lovesthe Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing;and the Father will show Him greater works than these, sothat you will marvel. For just as the Father raises the deadand gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whomHe wishes. For not even the Father judges anyone, but He hasgiven all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor theSon even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor theSon does not honor the Father who sent Him.'” (John 5:16-23) “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly,truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.'”(John 8:58) “‘If you had known Me,you would have known My Father also; from now on you knowHim, and have seen Him.’ Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show usthe Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘HaveI been so long with you, and yet you have not come to knowMe, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how canyou say, ‘Show us the Father’? ‘Do you not believe that Iam in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words thatI say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but theFather abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I amin the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe becauseof the works themselves.'” (John 14:7-11) “‘Now, Father, glorifyMe together with Yourself, with the glory which I had withYou before the world was.” (John 17:5) “Thomas answered and saidto Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Becauseyou have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they whodid not see, and yet believed.'” (John 20:28-29) “Whose are the fathers,and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who isover all, God blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 9:5) “For even if there areso-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed thereare many gods and many lords, yet for us there is but oneGod, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist forHim; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, andwe exist through Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:5-6) “Who, although He existedin the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thingto be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant,and being made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians2:6-7) “For by Him all thingswere created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible andinvisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things have been created through Him and for Him. Heis before all things, and in Him all things hold together.He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning,the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will cometo have first place in everything. For it was the Father’sgood pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and throughHim to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peacethrough the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whetherthings on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:16-20) “For in Him all the fullnessof Deity dwells in bodily form.” (Colossians 2:9) “God, after He spoke longago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and inmany ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son,whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also Hemade the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and theexact representation of His nature, and upholds all thingsby the word of His power. When He had made purification ofsins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,having become as much better than the angels, as He has inheriteda more excellent name than they. For to which of the angelsdid He ever say, ‘YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU’?And again, ‘I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SONTO ME’? And when He again brings the firstborn into the world,He says, ‘AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.’ Andof the angels He says, ‘WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND HISMINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.’ But of the Son He says, ‘YOURTHRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTERIS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.” (Hebrews 1:1-8) “‘I am the Alpha and theOmega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who isto come, the Almighty.'” (Revelation 1:8)The only way to get rid of thisclear testimony of the Godhood of Jesus would be to dismissthe Bible altogether, tear out this passage (and numerous others),or alter the text of Scripture. These are the methods used bythose who deny the deity of Christ. The weakness of these methodsis apparent in that they seek to prove something using a certaindocument but then start rejecting portions of it they find objectionable.Jesus is God because He livedlike a God. No man has ever, nor could, live as He lived. IfHe was only a man, then other men could perfectly follow Histeachings and live the kind of life He lived. But all fall shortof the perfect life He lived. Jesus’ teachings were as perfectas His life. It is not difficult to conclude that because Helived like a God that He is indeed God. Jesus is God because of His humanity,which was genuine. Though He possessed divine power, He neverused it for Himself. He went by a plain title, “the Sonof man”. It takes a truly big person to go by a plain title.Jesus took on this title for Himself to emphasize His humanity.But as with plain titles on big men, Jesus’ humanity stressedin the “Son of man” title was so large and all-encompassingthat He was more than a mere man, but God. Jesus is God because He diedlike a God. When one considers His trial and crucifixion, theagony He went through and the words He spoke, one can see theunearthliness, the supernatural, the divine about Jesus. Unlikethe death of men who go down in defeat, Jesus’ death was victory!He died like a God because He is God. Jesus is God because He did thingsonly a God could do. He claimed to forgive sin, and proved thisability by removing the penalty. Recall the story of the paralyticman. The first thing Jesus told him was that his sin were forgiven.His opponents accused Him of blasphemy, because by forgivingsin He was making Himself equal with God, who alone could forgivesin. But Jesus answered this charge by say, “Which is easier,to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’?”In other words, what is easier to do? Forgive sin, or removethe penalty? Then to prove His authority to forgive sin He said,”Get up, pick up your bed and go home.” He forgave,then removed the penalty. His Godhood was demonstrated. Thereligious leaders of His day were to blind to see the evidencesof the deity of Jesus. They crucified Him for blasphemy, forclaiming to be God. Jesus had many opportunities to deny this,but He let the charges stand. He could not deny Himself. Jesus is God because of whatHe does in the lives of countless people today. His continuingpower to forgive sin and regenerate lives, making them partakersof the divine nature, testifies to His Godhood. For He doeswhat no philosopher, teacher, or religious leader can do. Hedoes only what a God can do! Jesus is God because of His influenceon the world. One can see this in the rapid spread of Christianityin first several centuries. How could the disciples of Christgo from being cowards who ran and denied Him on the night ofHis arrest and subsequent cruxifixion, to men that persecution,deprivation, and martyrdom could not deter from telling theworld about Jesus. What caused this dramatic change? They hadbeen witness to His resurrection. They saw Him die; they sawHim raised from the dead. They were convinced beyond doubt thatHe was God. Could a mere man have brought about such a changein others? No, only a God could have. Jesus’ influence on theworld has been too great and far-reaching for a man to haveproduced it. And it continues to grow to this day and age, andthere is nothing powerful enough to stop it. Because of all that has beensaid, and many other things that could be said, the deity ofJesus Christ has been demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt.It is up to those who continue in disbelief and denial to provethat Jesus is not who He claimed to be. But they cannot, sinceit is impossible to prove a negative. It is the folly of menthat causes them to persist in disbelief. Even demons believeand tremble! If Jesus is not God, then whocould replace Him? Surely none of the many religious leadersand teachers that have come and gone on the world scene. Noneof them could bring forgiveness of sin or salvation. None ofthem died for humanity and conquered death by rising from thegrave. There is only one Savior. Jesus Christ! Without Him thereis no other savior. No one else who can save from sin and thepenalty of sin. The same question Jesus posedto His disciples almost two thousand years ago confronts ustoday? Who is Jesus to you? Did he even exist? Was he just agood man? Or is He the fullness of deity in bodily form (Colossians2:9) who was sent to make salvation available to us (John 3:16)?These questions are important because if Jesus is not who Heclaimed to be, then we have no Savior and His authority to forgivesin would be invalid. If Jesus is not our Savior, then we haveno means for our salvation and He would be a liar, and the Biblewould be a lie, for it declares that Jesus Christ is the onlyname by which we may be saved (Acts 4:8-12). And without a meansfor salvation, we are all doomed and our faith would be in vain.But if Jesusis all He claimed to be and the Bible is reliable and true,then by faith we can accept Him and have the salvation He securedfor His people. We would be able to say with conviction alongwith Peter that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the livingGod” (Matthew 16:16); and also along with the Apostle Paulthat Jesus “is God over all”. (Romans 9:5)Acknowledgements”Is Jesus God?”, by James Vance|
Who Do We Say That Jesus Is?
Isaiah 22:19-23 is a passage of scripture. Romans 11:33-36 (NASB) 13-20 (Matthew 16:13-20) As election day gets closer, the media will provide us with a constant diet of daily polls to keep us informed. The results of the most recent Rasmussen survey, Gallup poll, ABC News poll, or Zogby poll will be featured prominently on the nightly news, providing us with information on the attitudes of the American public, particularly regarding who should be president. Each race, each economic level, and each age group will be considered separately.
Even after election day has come and gone, voting stations will continue to operate.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus polls his followers to determine their opinions.
If the authority of his teachings and the force of his miracles had convinced the people that he was the Messiah, he would like to know how many more people were convinced.
When they refuse to answer, Jesus turns the question back on them, saying, “Who do YOU claim that I am?” We might imagine that some of the disciples were taken aback and may have bowed their heads, avoiding eye contact with Jesus since they weren’t sure what to say in response to Jesus’ unexpected question.
“You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!” he declares, standing up in front of everyone and answering Jesus: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!” Because Peter knows Jesus as the Messiah, the one who will deliver Israel, and because he also recognizes Jesus as God Himself — God manifested in the flesh — Peter’s statement of faith is courageous.
- He is seen as only another voice in the annals of history, comparable to that of Confucius, Muhammad, or even Oprah Winfrey, according to some observers.
- “It’s all good,” as they say in the business.
- Everything is relative in the eyes of the world.
- The Gospel, on the other hand, puts the question back on ourselves.
- What do you think: is Jesus merely another voice among countless others throughout history, or is Jesus THE voice of God the Father himself?
- What do you believe: that we should pick and choose the teachings of Jesus that we understand and agree with and dismiss the others, or that every word Jesus speaks is THE word of God, which we must work hard to comprehend, embrace, and follow.
- We have no idea who will be president of the United States in January 2021, but we do know that Jesus will continue to be Lord.
Everything is dependent on whether or not we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Everything is dependent on whether or not we put our faith in him into action. S.T.L. Douglas Sousa, S.T.L. Douglas Sousa, S.T.L.
Jesus, We believe that you are the Messiah and the Lord of the universe. We believe that you are the Only Way, the Only Truth, and the Only Living Person. We think that you hold the words of eternal life in your possession. Don’t give us the bravery to follow you, but instead give us the conviction we need to live our religion and serve others with fearlessness. In a divided country, may our faith serve as a source of healing and unification. We’re asking this in your honor. Amen. DOWNLOAD THE PDF FORM TO SUBSCRIBE TO ARTSUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL
Who Do You Say Jesus Is – CWV-101 – Christian World View – GCU
Who do you believe Jesus to be? Grand Canyon University’s Jaelyn Park Colangelo College of Business is a prestigious institution. the C.W.V.’s Mark Olmos 7th of March, 2021 Who do you believe Jesus to be? In Mark 8:29, Jesus and his followers were debating what others were saying about him at the time. However, Jesus addressed his followers directly with the question, quot;But who do you claim that I am? quot; You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your comprehension of who Christians believe Jesus to be and to express your own beliefs about who Jesus is through this project.
Provide clear and precise answers to each of the questions listed below in 750-1150 words or less.
6:19-24, Matthew 7:15-23, Luke 15:1-32; John 13:1-17 and 34-35; or John 15:1-11.
Who or what was Jesus trying to convey via his teaching?
In verses twenty through twenty-one, Jesus instructs His followers to give their riches and treasures onto the Heavenly Kingdom, where their hearts will be discovered as well as their wealth and treasure.
In verses twenty-two through twenty-three, Jesus continues to speak about how our eyes reflect virtue via the use of light or darkness.
To his listeners, Jesus’ image of thequot;single quot; (NIVgood) eye and the evil eye made perfect sense: aquot;good quot; eye was literally a healthy eye, but it could also be interpreted as one that looked on others generously (Sirach 32:8).” (2011); (Keener, 2011).
Our sacrifices, on the other hand, have resulted in benefits and promises.
Choose one of the following passages.
Matthew 9:1-8; Matthew 9:9-13; Luke 7:18-23; John 5:16-18; John 10:25-38; or John 14:5.
What does Jesus have to say about his own nature and the aim of his missionary work?
These texts do a fantastic job of conveying the nature and purpose of Jesus and His time on Earth, which was to bring atonement to the people of the world.
The significance of Jesus’ declaration sheds insight on the strength that He derives from His heavenly Father, God.
He draws comparisons between the persons who are referred to as gods and himself, the Son of God.
36).” (2011); (Keener, 2011).
From the time of his birth until the moment of His death on the cross, Jesus totally and completely fulfills all of the prophecies that were made about him.
When Jesus came to Earth, He did so to fulfill prophecy and to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice so that His followers might be saved.
Each participant must reply to the following questions, which are based on the research done by your group for parts 1 and 2.
Describe your own personal ideas about Jesus in your own words.
In Mark 29:29, Jesus declares that He is the light of the world and the Son of God, and that He has been sent as a perfect sacrifice for my sins.
He is my provider, guardian, and ideal companion.
This acts as a constant reminder to me that he deserves nothing less than all of my possessions.
In our sinful state, all that we deserve is the vengeance of the fiery pits of hell.
What aspects of your own knowledge of Jesus have been altered or clarified as a result of this exercise?
The fact that I have a Lord who loves me despite my sins and vices is a blessing beyond comprehension.
This song accurately expresses how I feel when I attempt to articulate how amazing Jesus is, and I have come to the conclusion that he is completely “indescribable.”