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Who is Jesus?

The most important question ever to have been asked is found in the Bible. The leaders of 1st century Israel came to Jesus and asked him for a sign that He was who He said He was. Matthew records the leaders question, but he gives us the leader’s question within the backdrop of the disciples arguing.

One day the disciples had a fight.  They had gone on an “away-day” and someone was responsible for lunch, the problem is the person in charge of food forgot the picnic! We have all been there! The horror of the realisation that the person in charge of food hasn’t come through for the group! The disciples want to apportion blame, they think Jesus is mad with them for forgetting lunch and none of them wants to be the fall-guy when the boss starts His investigation.

Jesus steps in. But he isn’t mad about the inability of a person to undertake the simple task of making lunch. The leaders of the day wanted a sign that told them who Jesus was, but had the disciples forgotten? Only a little while before Jesus had fed 5,000 people from practically nothing. So why did the disciples think that he could be mad about some forgotten lunch, he could make bread from nothing! The disciples argued, but they had already been given what the leaders wanted, a sign.

Then He asks the disciples a question – who am I? Or more accurately who do you think I am?  What Jesus is asking is this: Knowing all you know about me, having seen all that I have to done, having heard all I have said, who do you think I am?

This is the most important question ever asked. It’s a question which is asked of you too, today you need to answer that question, who do you think Jesus is? From all you have heard about him, from all you have experienced and witnessed done by Him and for Him, who do you think He is?

Ultimately its only you who can answer that question for yourself. All I can do is tell you who I think He is and this blog will hopefully serve to back up what I say here. So here goes, here is a simple (well hopefully simple) introduction to who I think He is:

I think he is:

1. God

John 1:1: Jesus is called the word of God, but more than that, John says, “The word (Jesus) was God!” Now here is a problem. I can quote verse after verse were other people call Jesus God, but people claim that Jesus never called himself God. So I guess we need to ask is that true? Did Jesus ever make this claim about Himself?

When we read the Bible we see that Jesus’ claim that he was God is actually what got Him killed. Jesus in John 8:58 says “before Abraham I am” well…..so what you might say, what does that prove? To understand what Jesus is claiming in this verse we need to understand where He is.

Jesus said this in the Temple, but more than that, He made this claim at the feast of tabernacles. As Jesus said these words, as Jesus claimed “Before Abraham, I am” the priest would be calling out the name of God in the Temple.

As Jesus spoke the words of John 8:58 the priest would have been shouting right behind him “I am…..I am He”

You see God revealed to Moses at the burning bush that His name was I am. God spoke to Moses and gave Moses His personal name and His name is I am. In the Temple, at the very moment when  the priest calls out the name of God, Jesus stands up and says, “I am.”  Here is what Jesus is saying: the one whom that priest is shouting about, well that is me! I am He!

Look what happens next, John 8:59 they picked up stones to kill Him. If Jesus were simply saying he predates Abraham they would have just denounced Him as mad! But they picked up stones! They could hear what the priest was shouting and they knew what Jesus meant! He was claiming to be God. Jesus is God!

2. Man

Not only is Jesus God but also he is a man. This is crucial. If he is not God and if he is not man, then he could not have died for sin on the cross. How could he be our High Priest, our representative, if he did not experience what we experience?

He was born by normal human vaginal birth to a peasant girl on a dirt floor of the underground animal shelter below a house. He grew up as a normal child. He needed to eat and drink. He liked to sleep and spend time with friends at parties and social gatherings. He liked time alone; he loved time with other people. He got angry and he wept. He loved and he laughed. He lived the life you live!

Here is the critical thing, He is 100% God and 100% man. He isn’t 50% God and 50% man. At the same time, He is fully God; He is fully man: Two natures; fully one.

 3. Saviour

For my ordination as a Minister I wrote this:

“I believe that Jesus died a real death. Despite His sinless life, Jesus Christ was unjustly condemned to death by the secular and religious authorities (Luke 23:4). He endured ridicule, betrayal, abandonment, and torture. He was crucified on a cross, laying down His life, he who knew no sin became sin, for the forgiveness of our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13). In this, He accomplished salvation once for all (Hebrews 10:10). However, His atoning sacrifice, to be effectual in a person’s life, must be accepted by faith (John 3:36).

I believe that on the third day, Jesus Christ physically, rose from the dead. He vanquished the sin and death which had entered humanity through Adam, He rose from the tomb as the first fruits of new creation (John 20).

I believe that 40 days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended to be at His Father’s right hand. I believe He is there, interceding on our behalf as the one true Mediator between God and man (Hebrews 1:3, 7:25). He is our greater Prophet (John 3/Deuteronomy 18:15, John 1:4-5),  He is our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-5:10) and He is our King (Psalm 103:19, Matthew 12:28, 2 Peter 1:11).  I believe that He is coming soon to judge the living and the dead and consummate His Kingdom.”

I know it might be hard to understand, but what I have written sums up the truths we will look at in this blog. Ultimately this blog is an unpacking of what it means for Jesus to be Saviour! Because that is what I believe Him to be.  He is the Saviour of the world, the Lamb of God come to take away the sins of the world

Remember the question Jesus asked? Who do you think I am? That question was answered that day by a disciple called Peter and here is what he said, “You are the Messiah, Son of the Living God” That’s it! That’s the answer! He is a man who is God and so He is the Messiah; the Saviour!

Read the blog and see if you agree with me!

If you want to know more about what I believe my ordination paper (a paper outlining your views which is submitted before you can become a Minister in the church) is uploaded here, just click the link below. If you don’t understand what I am saying, that’s ok, just come back and read the blog or email me!

ordination paper 

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