Friday, 18 November 2011

Who do you think Jesus is?

I think we can all agree we are living in troubled times, certainly at a national level we can see areas where there is trouble not least the ongoing economic crisis in Europe and the austerity measures that the government are introducing. At times we cal also face troubled times at a very personal level, a rebellious teenagers, an unfaithful spouse, a devastating illness. Life often brings trouble our way. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed, we struggle to merely stay afloat. Difficulty during times of trouble should come as no surprise to students of the Bible. It was Jesus himself who said, "In this world you will have problems." That doesn't sound like a very optimistic outlook. However, He goes on to say, "But take heart! I have overcome the world." Now, that message is positive indeed. Trouble. Difficulty. These things are a reality in this life. Jesus promises us that He has provided victory over those things that cause us so much pain. Trusting in Him is the key to overcoming these problems. Why not evaluate your present struggles from this perspective? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Who Do You Think Jesus Is? In our increasingly secular and Biblically illiterate culture, there are all sorts of ideas about who Jesus is. For many weeks in 2003, The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown was number one bestseller. It described Jesus as just a man who was married to Mary Magdalene. It said they had a child, and the church sought to cover this up for 2000 years. The book appeals to pseudo-intellectuals who have a weak historical and Biblical background. Who do you think Jesus is? That's the exact question Jesus asked of His disciples. Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." Jesus affirmed his answer. Most of the world accepts Jesus, the man, as a good prophet or teacher. But only a minority of the world believes He is "the Christ, the son of the Living God."

Now I accept that I'm part of the minority who believes that Jesus is who He says He is. But what about you? Who do you think Jesus is?