Hi friends, happy Sunday! A year ago, I shared this message on Facebook and thought to have it here too.
Who is Jesus to you? Some call him a great teacher, others call him a prophet, yet others look at him as a good man. He grew up in the country side of Palestine. …Born under a carpenter’s custody but grew in stature, wisdom and in favour with God and man. At 12 he reasoned with the teachers of the law who marvelled at the manner in which he reasoned and they asked “whose child is this”.
At about thirty during his baptism, a heavenly witness was given about him to the baptiser, the heaven opened and a voice spoke from heaven “this is my beloved Son in whom I am delighted.” John then knew that this is the one whose shoe lace he can not untie.
Little by little, one after another he started gathering crowds around him teaching them the kingdom of God with authority. His teachings were never heard before and pointing people to God. He forgave people their sins, healed many from all shorts of diseases and performed unusual miracles. It was very common for people to marvel at the miracles and they often asked “who is this?”
Who he was continued to be a difficult matter to conclude even by his own – the twelve. He one time asked them who do people say I am? The disciples variedly answered, some say you are Elijah, others sat you are Jeremiah while others say you are one of the prophets. He then turned and asked them, but who do you then say I am? Peter having been in sighted by God boldly said, “You are Christ, the Son of the living God.”
C.S Lewis wrote about him: “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.”
Yes indeed Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah. Even the doubting Thomas confessed, “My Lord, my God” John 20:28. Who do you say Jesus is?
This message is written by Rev. Julius Izza Tabi who is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. For pastoral assistance you can email him or check how you can reach him here.