Who do you say Jesus is?
It is presumed that most readers of this article will at least acknowledge a Higher Power, whom they perceive as God. However, the question then becomes whether that entity can be known or even needs to be known. Creation (man) needs to know its Creator. Any reasonable, sensible person knows that it is impossible for life to spring from nothing; that a simple cell could not evolve into a monkey and then a human being. An apple tree brings forth other apple trees; a monkey sires other monkeys and humans only produce after their kind: other humans. What a person believes about his or her origin determines everything about the direction of their life.
If man is just an animal, then why do men fear death? Why do men have a conscience and a will? Why is there so much evil in the world today? Whatever a person’s answers to those questions might be it could easily be concluded that the world is more unstable than ever before and mankind seems to be unable to significantly change its direction.
If there is no God, then, why do all go to a “better place” when death occurs? If there is no God, there can be no Heaven or hell; no good or bad; no devil or sin, etc. Most people are aware of the presence of inequity in the form of cruelty, immorality and war. If there is no God then why do all the nations of the world have a religion that tries to find God? This is an evidence that God exists. However, one cannot find God by (through) works of religion. Then again, which religion is correct? Which system of belief, if any, has the answer to questions that continue to go unanswered?
Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.” The Scriptures declare the Godhead consisting of Father; Son and Holy Ghost. The Son died on the cross for our sins as the sin offering to the Father God. In this manner Christ would make Atonement at least for those people that will use faith and believe the record. Then, Scripture says that Jesus resurrected, literally. This is a well known fact of Scripture; witnessed by many people. Soon, Jesus will return for those that have received Him as Savior and Lord of their lives, having accepted His finished work on Calvary. People must receive Him personally as their Savior, or they will not be permitted to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Bible states that all have sinned (Romans 3:23). God cannot accept anyone that has not accepted the sacrifice of Christ as real, necessary and applicable to their life. To reject this fact is to reject your God’s offer of the pardon. Sin remains and that sin nature will cause a person to spend eternity in Hell. Yet, a decision regarding Christ must never be imposed. Central to God’s plan for creation is the privilege to choose; even to choose a way that harms one’s self and others. Jesus referred to Himself as the truth. This means that God has presented Himself to the world in an intelligent, understandable fashion. This was done for the sake of clarity regarding man’s lifestyle and destination.
Jesus must never become a word used for convenience. This has happened with the word Christianity. Far too often, it lacks definition and that which cannot be defined or measured is not worthy of belief. What God offers is personal. It is His plan to resolve personal problems, set a personal agenda for life and to provide companionship while traveling to a desirable destination. All that God offers is meant to benefit man. It was an offer that was so important that God sent His only Son to deliver it to a world in desperate need of answers.
Psalm 14:1: “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.” Who do you say that Jesus the Christ is?
Dr. R.L. Davis is the President of Zion Word Ministries International in Anderson, Missouri.