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"WHO DO YOU THINK THAT I AM?"

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue stop sign they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.  What Jesus asked them on that day is the same question that He is asking you today..."Who do you think that I am?" Who do you say Jesus is?   Now here is the key, do not miss this.  What you decide about this question does not actually determine "who" He is...but your decision effects you and your eternal destiny!  Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny.  This makes this question and this decision of the highest importance in your life!

01. jesus is god

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn't decide or didn't care. But Jesus said, "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.


C.S. Lewis observed, "You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to" (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).


So your only options are Jesus is crazy or Jesus is a liar or Jesus is telling the truth.   I want to tell you that Jesus is telling the truth...and the truth is that Jesus is God! 

02. we are sinners

here is something very wrong in the heart of every one of us.  We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion "sin." According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: "There is no man who does not sin" (1 Kings 8:46). "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).


That doesn't mean we're incapable of performing acts of human kindness.  But we're utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. We are incapable of overcoming the wrong inside us and incapable of fixing the guilt that wrong has accured before God.  The Bible says, "There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one" (Romans 3:10-12).


SIN, UNDEALT WITH, BRINGS ETERNAL JUDGMENT

God's holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: "The soul who sins will die" (Ezekiel 18:4). That's hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That's why simply changing our patterns of behavior can't solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

03. JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: "There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). 


God in His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: "Christ ... died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18). Christ's death satisfied the demands of God's justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." 

05. Jesus is also the judge

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: "God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31).


Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, "The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power."

How Will You Respond?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the Sovereign Lord, and the Righteous Judge.


Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you--free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


If you have questions or if there is anything we can do in helping you know Jesus and be saved, please let us know!