With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face.
He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is?
Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him:
JESUS IS GOD
While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was.
Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet.
Others thought He was a madman.
Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care.
But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.
We need to pause for just a moment and really allow that to sink into our heart.
Jesus IS God in human flesh.
Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God.
They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher.
But even His enemies understood His claims to deity.
C.S. Lewis observed, “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 up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).
If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!
JESUS IS HOLY
As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character.
Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.”
He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15).
Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)
God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH
Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere.
But without a VALID object your faith is useless
If you take poison–thinking it’s medicine–all the faith in the world won’t restore your life.
Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.
Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth.
But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).
He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only.
He claimed to be the only way to God–then and forever.
JESUS IS LORD
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution.
But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him
Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19).
That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”
Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11).
Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection–the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).
I am not implying that coming to this belief and faith will be an easy process for anyone, but the consequences of not trying are eternal, and enormous.
In (Luke 16:19-31) We read the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus.
19There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.f The rich man also died and was buried,23and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’
25But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’
29But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’
30And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’
31He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”
As we head into this Easter Season, ask yourself this question..
“What will it take for me to accept that Jesus truly is God?”
Are you waiting for a miraculous sign before you believe? Because as the above scripture says, we have already been given all the information we need to believe. It is all contained in the pages of scripture.
We have been given the miracle of RESURRECTION already, and yet millions of people refuse to believe that the story was true.
I often hear people say they would rather party in Hell with their friends than to spend eternity with so-and-so…
Do they even know what they are saying?
Do they understand to scope of the pain they will suffer when they are permanently separated from God for all eternity?
John clearly lays out the case for WHO and WHAT Jesus is in John 1:1-16.
There is no room left for debate when you read that passage.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
Who do you say Jesus is?