Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Who do you say He is?

What about this Jesus Christ?

Who do you say he is? I mean, really. You may say you are a Christian, because after all, you're not a Hindu or Muslim or Jew. You may go to church and even be very involved in the practices and traditions, programs and committees and even ascribe to the doctrines and creeds of the faith. But what do you really believe in regards to this person Jesus Christ?

Is he just a good human teacher? Do you see him as one who just left us some good principals to try to follow? As C.S. Lewis said that He did not leave that for interpretation, but made it clear to his being the very Son of God* and the audacious claim that He is the only way, truth and life and that no man can come to the Father except through Him.

Maybe you believe that He truly is the Son of God, but do you believe as in the biblical definition of belief?

The Amplified Bible version brings clarity:
“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” -John 3:16
A general belief in Christ, as in one believes that He did exist, is not the same as believing in Him.
“You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” -James 2:19
This is the most important question you and I will ever answer in our lives.

So who do YOU say He is?

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* "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 patronizing 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