"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."
This is the question Jesus asked his disciples. (Matthew 16:15). Here is Simon Peter's answer: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. Matthew 16:16-17
Who do you say Jesus is? I think this question is pertinent to us because of all the people who want to dilute the message of Jesus Christ.
One of the arguments I get often is this one: "Jesus was a great man but I don't believe he was God." Well I contend that Jesus was either God in human form or the biggest liar of all time. Now I have had people tell me that Jesus never said He was God, and indeed He may have never used those words, but you don't have to look very far to see that He believed He was God and that He allowed others to think He was God. If He was just a prophet or a great man of God, how could He allow others to worship Him and believe He was God, the Messiah, the Christ? If He was just a great man of God He would have had to tell them that He was not to be worshiped, but He did not.
They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied, "You are right in saying I am." Luke 22:70 I don't think Jesus left much doubt in this verse either. "I tell you the truth," Jesus said, "before Abraham was born, I am!" John 8:58
What difference does it make if Jesus was God or just a great prophet? No man can die for our sins, because he has his own sins. But if Jesus was God then He was sinless and therefore could die for our sins. You see, if Jesus was not God, then the whole plan of salvation is null and void.
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:1-3 Does this passage leave any doubt that Jesus is God?
Many people have trouble understanding the Trinity. How can God be one, yet three individuals? I cannot really explain it but I accept it by faith. I think many people accept it by faith, but do they really realize what it means? It means that Jesus is the Son of God, but yet He is God, just as the Holy Spirit is God and God the Father is God. They are one.
I have always looked at the crucifixion as a horrible physical death, and it was, but I am not so sure anymore that the physical pain Jesus endured was the worst thing He went through. Remember that God will not look on sin, or allow it in His presence. Now look at what Jesus said while on the cross. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabach-thani?" --which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Mark 15:34 I believe that this is when Jesus accepted our sins and God the Father turned away from Him. I don't believe that as humans we can understand how horrible this must have been. I do believe that when a sinner dies he will get a taste of this. His fate is sealed and God's presence will be taken away. The sinner will stand in God's presence one more time but it will be in judgement not in grace. Could it be that Jesus will ask at that time: 'Who did you say I was?'
So who do you say He is? A prophet, a great man of God, a liar? They are all the same choice. Or do you accept Him as the Son of God, the Messiah, the Christ, who died to save us from our sins? This is a life and death question.
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