About Christ

Few names elicit more emotion or differences of opinion than that of Jesus Christ. Some believe him to be a great moral teacher and prophet; others believe him to be a man like us who became so good that he became god; others believe he is 100% God and 100% man, sent to the world to offer hope and reconciliation between God and man, a mediator that represents both parties.

What do you believe about Jesus Christ?

C.S. Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia and much more, gives a powerful summary of Jesus’ perspective on this discussion in a book entitled Mere Christianity. He states:

“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 a man who says he is a poached egg—or he would be the devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool 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."

Lewis accurately concludes that the Jesus of the Bible has presented Himself as God and man and as the only way for sinful man to be forgiven and reconciled with a holy God. As you consider all that is taught about Christ, be careful not to accept a philosophy or conclusion that contradicts what Jesus taught about Himself.

Jesus claimed to be God! No matter how one wants to address this issue, the truth is that Jesus presented himself as one with God, accepted worship as God, and was crucified for blasphemy. The people who hated him understood this claim to Deity, and his followers worshipped Him as God. British Pastor John Stott succinctly states, “Jesus made it clear by word and deed that to know him was to know God, to see him was to see God, to believe in him was to believe in God, to receive him was to receive God, to reject him was to reject God, and to honor him was to honor God.”

So when Christians claim these things about Jesus, they are not being arrogant or judgmental, they are simply presenting what they believe is the truth that has set them free from the power and penalty of sin. To ask them to believe or accept any other teaching about Christ would be a call for them to deny their Savior.

We hope this has been a valuable introduction to Christ. He offers Himself to you as Savior and Lord, your only hope for heaven. In John 14:6, Jesus states, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Earlier in John 3:16-18, Jesus offers a brief explanation for entrance into the way:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.” (NIV)

The truth of the matter is that all people are living by faith in something. Even the belief that there is no God is a faith claim by those people who believe that. Different religions come to their own faith claims. All of humanity are either trusting in their own works to merit their salvation, forgiveness, and heaven, or they are believing, trusting, or placing the confidence in the finished work of Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection (authentic Christianity). What about you?

Salvation is offered freely to all who recognize they have sinned against God (lying, stealing, dishonoring parents, or worshipping anything other than the one true God) and deserve to perish in an actual place called hell. Understanding this, they turn from living for sin and doing their own thing and experience a change of mind about Christ, believing that He is their only hope for forgiveness and heaven. If you have never come into a personal relationship (not being religious), we ask you to consider what you have just read. We invite you to come to faith in Jesus Christ as your only hope for forgiveness and heaven. How? Tell God that you believe what you have just read and your need for Jesus to be your Savior and Lord. Ask Him to save you and help you live the rest of your life for Him.

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