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Who is Jesus?

Who Is Jesus?

I have been struck in recent days by the fact that there seems to be a rash of books and movies that have as their theme, “Exposing the controversies of the Bible,” or “The Secret Truth about Jesus,”or “The Da Vinci Code.” I remember that Jesus warned that in the last days, there would be ‘many’ false Christs. There would also be rumors about where and how He could be found. “He’s out here.” “He’s over there.”

One day Jesus asked His own disciples a strange question. “Who do the people say that I am?” They answered as best they could. “Some say you are John the Baptist come back from the dead? Others say that you are Elijah one of the Prophets.” Jesus then asked them, “But you, Who do you say that I am?”

How you answer that question is the most important thing in the world. It is not merely a matter of reciting some rote response from a book. Frankly, Satan had the right answer. He knows exactly who Jesus is. When Pilate asked Jesus who he was and where he had come from, he became terrified after Jesus responded.

Like children whistling in the dark in a storm, many are running to and fro trying to find some comfort….some evidence that there is something or Someone who can help them make sense of this craziness.

It was Peter who answered the question that Jesus posed. “Thou art the
Christ, the son of the living God.” Immediately Jesus replied, “Blessed are you Simon, son of John, for flesh and blood did not reveal this to you but my Father in heaven. I tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.”

I want this morning for us to look at his passage of Scripture because once again, people in the culture are talking about who Jesus is. Once again Jesus is asking His disciples, “but you, Who do you say that I am?” For the Church to prevail against the gates of Hell, we had better be sure of our answer.


Pastor Jim
May 21, 2006


  1. Jesus is who He claims to be

    What an amazing shift has taken place in my lifetime. When I was a child we learned how to date the history of the world. If something occurred before His birth it was referred to as BC, or “Before Christ.” Everything that occurred after His birth was referred to as AD (the Latin phrase Anno Domini), or “Year of our Lord.” That practice didn’t just happen. People really did divide the history of the world with this watershed event, the birth, life and death, and resurrection of Jesus.

    Now our headlines are filled with stories of attempts to excise any mention of His name from our public lives. Listen to the tortured attempts to delete any mention of God or Jesus from our traditional Christmas carols. Watch the exasperated politicians try to defend themselves as they attempt to use legal means to stifle Christian expression; all the while forced to acknowledge that the very legal system they exploit is a result of God giving His law to Moses.

    Recently, both Newsweek and Time magazines ran cover stories about Jesus. In an effort to “explain” who Jesus “really” was. They trotted out liberal theologians who pointed out the Bible is obviously a series of stories and borrowed literary devices used by the people of God to try and cope with the times in which they lived. Hence, Jesus is a compilation of literary fictional characters.

    There has been so much spin put on the issue of moral values lately that I find myself looking for the Dramamine. So which is it? Is there anything to this Jesus stuff or is it all a myth like the Easter bunny?

    Recently I saw footage of Billy Graham’s last crusade. I was struck by how feeble he looked. His voice is no longer fiery. The strong medications that manage his tremors have had the effect of flattening his emotions. As he began to preach to the packed stadium, he stumbled over telling a joke. The audience kindly laughed. But when he got to talking about Jesus, the fire returned. He had the look of a man who knew exactly what he was about.

    Years ago I heard him preach in person. He put it as succinctly and clearly as I have ever heard it put. “When it comes to Jesus, you really only have three options:

    1. He said all those fantastic things about Himself, and God and heaven knowing they weren’t true. This makes Him a liar.
    2. He said those things that weren’t true, yet He believed them. This makes Him crazy.
    3. He said all those things about Himself and about God and Heaven because they were true. This makes Him the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bow.”

    So this Christmas, 2004, without apology, I commend to you the truth that Jesus is exactly who He claims to be. He will do exactly what He claimed that He would do. The angel told Mary, “You are to give Him the name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” That little baby in the cattle feeding trough is God, come in the flesh to heal your broken bodies, your broken hearts, and our broken world.


    Pastor Jim
    December 19, 2004

    Comment by rmay4 — May 7, 2008 @ 7:06 am | Reply

  2. This is an awesome video about who Jesus is in my life:

    Comment by rmay4 — May 7, 2008 @ 7:36 am | Reply

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