As I have been contemplating how to wrap up this series about Jesus, I have looked over the various aspects of His life and ministry that have been presented in previous posts. I considered what to explain next to describe Him more fully to my audience, but I decided to take a different route. I decided to use this post to make one final plea, for you to seek Jesus yourself.
You see, I can write all I want about how great Jesus is, what He did, how He lived, how He saved us, and you can agree or disagree all day…but until you discover Jesus for yourself, none of this will become a reality in your life. He alone can reveal to you who He really is…but I can make a plea for you to seek Him out, and here it is:
You owe it to yourself to consider the evidence, read the Gospels, pray for wisdom, and see if Jesus really is who He said He is! It is the most important thing you can do in your life.
Jesus claimed to be the Son of God (Luke 22:70), the Savior of the world (1 John 4:14), the perfect sacrifice (Hebrews 10:14), the only way to God (John 14:6), and the awaited Messiah (John 4:26). These claims shatter the grounds for claiming that Jesus was only a “good teacher,” or another “prophet.” What good teacher would intentionally teach people false principles? Or what good prophet would intentionally misdirect people toward God, calling Himself the “only way” or the only “door” to a relationship with the living God?
So, there are only three options: Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or who He said He was. Was He a liar?- intentionally misleading people and telling them false information? Or was He a lunatic?- disillusioned yet honestly believing that He was all that He claimed to be (If you believe this, you will have plenty more struggles ahead, such as explaining the moral genius of the Sermon on the Mount and His many miracles) Or, is Jesus who He said He was?
If Jesus is who He claimed to be, there are incredible implications for our lives. If He is who He said He was, then trusting in Him alone is the only way to be forgiven of sins, the only way to have a relationship with God, the only way to have everlasting life, and the only way to have a joyful, abundant life here on earth.
Jesus, in a pivotal point in one of His follower’s lives, asks Him, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29) The way that this follower answered would determine everything about his life..and it is the same for us.
He asks you and me the same question, and the way that we honestly answer will determine the rest of our lives. What would you say; who do you say that He is?
So my final plea is this, and I believe your life depends on it…seek out the truth about Him for yourself, because only then will you be able to Discover the True Jesus.
*One way we encourage students on campus to seek out Jesus for themselves is by challenging them to read a chapter of the Gospel of John each day, for 21 days, and asking God before each read, “God, if you are real, and if Jesus is the answer, please reveal Him to me.”