“Who do you say that I am?”- Matthew 16:15
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” – John 9:35-36
People want to know. People need to decide.
What do you say about Jesus? Who is He to you?
The haunting question that everyone has to deal with in this life is: “Who is Jesus?” Is He just another man? Is He a liar? Is He a lunatic – who went off on some crazy delusion and got a bunch of people to follow Him? Or is He Lord – the Son of God who came from heaven, modeled a Godly life for us, trained twelve men to establish His Kingdom (Church) and then managed to get Himself crucified to pay for the sins of all who would repent and believe in Him?
If you say that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, how well do you know Him? How well can you give a detailed answer to someone who asks you about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ?
If you talk to a Muslim, they can tell you all about Mohammed. Talk to a Buddhist and they know all about Buda. Talk to a Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon and they can tell you about their respective leader. But how many Christians know the life and teachings of Jesus and can speak confidently about His life to others?
Our ignorance of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ shows in the behavior of our Christians. The divorce of Christian marriages equals that of the world. Where is our faith in Jesus? Christians watch sit-coms that promote sexual immorality and R-rated movies and pretend that it doesn’t affect them. Would Jesus watch that kind of “entertainment”? We wonder why so many Christian girls are dressing like immoral women and why so many teens are getting pregnant. What does Jesus say about the sanctity of sex being between a husband and wife? Forty percent of Christian men have a problem with pornography. Where’s Jesus’ influence in their lives? My wife questioned a woman years ago who went to church, but was sleeping with men she wasn’t married to and bragging about it. Where is Christ in her life?
What about the work place and the community? How many people cheat their employer or deliver less than their best work, yet they call themselves Christians? What about the corruption that some business engage in, cheating customers, lying to bosses, co-workers or customers, etc. Yet they are in church every SONday, smiling, carrying their Bible and thanking the minister for that “great sermon”. How does that reflect Christ?