By: Travis Stockelman
Who is Jesus?
This is the most important question that anyone could ever answer. For some, Jesus was merely a good human teacher, and nothing more. For others, Jesus is one god among many. For others still, Jesus was just a Jewish preacher who got Himself killed at the hands of the brutal Roman government.
For Christians, Jesus is God incarnate who came to die for our sins. Only one of these can be correct. Which one? In order to answer this question, we should look first at what Jesus said about Himself.
It was getting late, and Jesus knew that His time had come to die. Knowing this, Jesus told His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (v. 1). Did Jesus say this because the disciples needed to be encouraged to believe in God? Of course not! The disciples were Jewish and had grown up in the Jewish faith. God’s existence and trustworthiness were a simple fact to this group of young men.
What is amazing is that Jesus takes this given trust in God, and tells the disciples to have this same kind of trust in Him. Just as they believed and trusted in God, they are to believe and trust in Jesus. This is a pretty bold statement, indeed!
After this, Jesus explained that He was going to prepare a place for them, and that they knew the way to where He was going. This confused the disciples, naturally. They began to ask Him about the way to where He was going. The most significant verses in this passage contain Jesus’s response to this question. Jesus replies, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him” (v. 6-7).
This brings us back to our original question. Who is Jesus? He is the One in Whom should be our trust. He is the only way to the Father. He is the truth of God incarnate. He is the One who gives life. He is the One who makes known the Father. He is not just a good moral teacher. Nor is He just a peasant who was crucified. Nor is He one god among many. He is the only way, the only truth, and the only life. He and the Father are One (John 10:30).
If you are reading this and do not yet have a personal relationship with Christ, I encourage you to turn to Him in trust. If it helps, come find me or one of the staff pastors at church, and we will show you Jesus. You will find that He is greater than you can imagine. If you have a personal relationship with Christ, but want to have a deeper walk with Him, today is the day to begin. Take this as an invitation to a deeper walk with Christ. Either way, throw your entire trust on Jesus.