Pastor Marcus Blair, Cornerstone Baptist Church
“Who do you say that I am?” I want you to hear that question not like it was directed at a disciple of Jesus who lived 2,000 years ago. Instead, I want that question to fall on your ears like Jesus speaking to you right now. “Who do you say that I am?” The answer you give has enormous and eternal importance.
People said all kinds of things about Jesus while he was doing his earthly ministry. Some thought he was John the Baptist or Elijah or Jeremiah come again. “One of the prophets,” some answered. But that’s not good enough. That answer doesn’t go far enough to cover who Jesus really is. A prophet is someone who hears from God and then speaks the message God gave him. In that way, is Jesus a prophet? Certainly…but he’s more than that.
People today continue to talk about Jesus and many have their own opinions about who he is. Most people recognize Jesus as a historical figure. He actually lived and is not merely a myth, or a legend, like King Arthur, that has been embellished over time. It’s good and true to recognize Jesus as a real person, but that’s not good enough. He’s certainly real…but he’s more than that.
Others will point to his magnificent teachings and rightly point out that Jesus is the Master when it comes to wisdom and knowledge.
He can teach in ways that are extremely simple and yet profound. The Bible records him using examples, stories, parables to make spiritual truths plain to simple people. So to call him a teacher – even to call him the finest teacher ever to live – is true, but that doesn’t go far enough to capture him. He’s more than a teacher.
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