Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus?

It has been some 12 yrs ago years ago when I first read the words you will find below from John O’Keefe. However, I still find myself continually going back to his thoughts, rereading his words and processing his questions. I pray that his statements and questions will move your heart, mind and life to connect with the person of Jesus as they have for me.

In the book of Mark in the New Testament, Jesus asks a question to Peter, one of his students, that we all seek to find resolution to; “who do people say I am?” Peter, playing it safe, answers with what others think first. But, that’s not what Jesus wants to know. So he puts Peter on the spot one more time. This time Jesus is a bit more direct, “who do you say I am?” You see, Jesus did not want Peter to answer with a normal cultural phrase; Jesus wanted Peter to see for himself and develop his own way of seeing who Jesus was.

Today, Jesus could look at any one and ask, “In a world of bio-diversity, cultural-diversity, and ethical-diversity, who do you say I am? In a world of individualism, commercialism and a long list of “other-isms” who do you say I am? In a world or ramped hunger, violent behavior and wanted pain, which do you say I am? In a world of single parents, broken homes and children giving birth to children, who do you say I am? In a world defined by product recognition, catchy slogans and designer jeans, who do you say I am?

Many people over the ages have answered this question in many different ways. Peter, when confronted with the question had to answer in the truth he knew, “you are the Messiah, the Christ, the son of the living God.” Wow, talk about a powerful set of words – the son of God, God in the flesh – this seems so hard for us to come to grips with today. — [By John O’Keefe]

Here are some of the claims that Jesus made for himself.

John 17:5 “Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed.” — Jesus claimed to have shared the glory of God in Heaven

John 1:2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. —Jesus claimed to have shared the glory of God in Heaven

John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” –Jesus claimed to be the only way to the Father.

Luke 7:48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” — Jesus claimed to be able to forgive sins.

John 17:5 “Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed.” –Jesus claimed for Himself that He was divine, and co-eternal with the Father.

John 8:46 “Who among you can convict Me of sin? If I tell the truth, why don’t you believe Me? 47 The one who is from God listens to God’s words. This is why you don’t listen, because you are not from God.” — Jesus claimed to have lived a sinless life

John 6:40 For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” –Jesus claimed to be able to give everlasting life

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. 26 Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die —ever. Do you believe this?” — Jesus claimed to be able to give everlasting life

Luke 18:31 Then He took the Twelve aside and told them, “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. Everything that is written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and He will be mocked, insulted, spit on; 33 and after they flog Him, they will kill Him, and He will rise on the third day.” — Jesus claimed that he would die and come back to life

Mark 14:62 “I am,” said Jesus, “and all of you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.” — Jesus claimed that he would return again to judge the world

In his famous book Mere Christianity, Lewis makes this statement, “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 a man who says he is a poached egg – or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool 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.”

Who is Jesus to you? Your life on this earth and for all of eternity is affected by your answer to this question.

about Gary

Gary Morgan lives in east Nashville where he does life with his wife Johni and his two daughters McKenna (16) and Story (12). Gary has engaged in ministry in a wide variety of settings include a student ministry coordinator with Centrifuge, a youth pastor with Churches in Franklin, Tn, Morristown, Tn. Baton Rouge, La, Windermere Fla. and is currently the Lead Pastor of Mosaic

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