Who is Jesus? Even with Christmas and Easter finished for another year, the impact and reality of the life of Christ will continue to be felt. This has always been so; no other person has ever impacted our world as Jesus did. Not only was He a legend in his own time. As the living leader of the largest world religion, He remains profoundly influential 2000 years after His death and subsequent resurrection.
British author, H. G. Wells, (1866 – 1946) referred to as “The Father of Science Fiction” said, “I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.” John Knox wrote, “No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved.”
He is difficult to ignore. His influence is as universal as it is perennial. An object of consistent admiration for those who believe in Him and follow His teachings, He is often a source of agitation to those who deny Him; few seem to be able to remain neutral.
Many have tried to crowd Him out, but to no avail. Peter Larson wrote, “Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: “a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb”. Jesus entered our world through a door marked, “No Entrance” and left through a door marked “No Exit.”
So…who is Jesus? The temple guards sent by the religious authorities to arrest Jesus came back empty handed saying, “No one has ever spoken like this man!” (John 7:46). The people of Jesus’ day said they, “…were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority” (Luke 4:32). His disciple Peter boldly stated, “…You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus said of Himself that He was God; “I and the Father are one” and “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 10:30 & 8:58 respectively). One of the Roman officers witnessing Jesus’ death by crucifixion said, “Truly, this was the Son of God!”
What do you say?
“Jesus Christ: The meeting place of eternity and time, the blending of deity and humanity, the junction of heaven and earth.” Anonymous