Jesus may be your first step! You must first understand who Jesus is. We are here to walk along side you during your steps.
Regardless of whom you talk to about Jesus you always hear the same things…”He was a good man”, “a righteous man”, “a person worth following”, “a life worth modeling”, “a prophet”, “a man of God”. Everyone seems to agree with these statements about Jesus.
However, did you know that Jesus did not give us the opportunity to just call Him a good person, or something of that sort? Jesus claimed to be God.
Because Jesus claimed to be God we have to decide what to do with Him. He can no longer be a good teacher, person, prophet, or anything. He now has to be one of 3 things. He either has to be a liar, a lunatic, or Lord.
You may struggle with who God is. Many do! However, before you try to have all the answers about God, perhaps you need to answer the question, “Who is Jesus?”
How you answer the question “Who is Jesus” changes everything. We desire to walk with you as you search for the answer to this question. We have answers because we have also had questions. We believe Jesus to be God!
C.S Lewis might have best stated the reality of answering the “who is Jesus” question best:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. 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 with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
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Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”
“Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.””
“The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.””
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
“Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.””
The central message of the Bible is the gospel, or good news, about the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Bible records for us in John 3:16-18 the incredible news that God loves each of us and gave Jesus, the Son of God, for all of humanity to have forgiveness (no condemnation) and life with God (eternal life). This good news is experienced through faith in Jesus Christ.
The ancient teacher, Paul, one of Jesus’ earliest followers, wrote these words to the church in Corinth:
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you unless–you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” 1st Corinthians 15:1-4
The central message of the Bible is the good news of God’s love for you through Jesus Christ. This is not religious oppression…this is good news.
Martin Luther, a 16th Century follower of Jesus, observed that people are prone to follow God in one of two ways: one way is the way of religion and the other is the way of the Gospel.
Religion is about what I have to do. The gospel is about what I get to do. Religion sees hardship in life as punishment from God. The gospel sees hardship in life as sanctifying affliction that reminds us of Jesus’ sufferings and is used by God in love to make us more like Jesus. Religion is about me. The gospel is about Jesus. Religion leads to an uncertainty about my standing before God because I never know if I have done enough to please God. The gospel leads to a certainty about my standing before God because of the finished work of Jesus on my behalf on the cross.