Is Jesus really the One True God? Can Jesus truly be the prophesied Messiah and Savior? These questions have been asked since His birth until now. From different parts of the world to different generations of people, people have wondered who Jesus is and that question will not go away from peoples minds.
Early in Jesus’ ministry we see the people of Jerusalem asking this same question. They were amazed by His teachings and miracles and heard that the Pharisees wanted to kill him because of the movement that was starting around Him. He was considered a heretic to claim that He was God and many were starting to believe it themselves. Because of this belief, in verse 26 and verse 44 we see how they intended to arrest him and attempt to kill him but they just couldn’t do it.
Jesus (as our Sovereign God) told them it wouldn’t happen because it was not His time yet (v. 30) but one reason that the crowd gave was because of background. There’s no way the messiah and savior will come from Galilee. The Messiah’s predicted birthplace is clearly Bethlehem like it says in Micah 5:2 (not knowing this is where Jesus was from). Nothing good comes from Galilee. Also look at his family background: His mother gave birth to him before she was married, dad is not in the picture anymore.
These accusations and excuses for why Jesus is not truly God and our Savior has changed over the years but they are still there.
- Science disproves God.
- Jesus was just a good man or a prophet and His followers took it a little too far.
- A loving God wouldn’t send people to Hell.
- There’s no way all other religions are untrue.
People may not admit it upfront but whatever the reason or excuse there seems to always be conflict within themselves and each other within these questions. You see it in our Scripture today as they went back and forth trying to answer these questions and we see it in the world today. It’s why debates between atheists and Christians have seemed to intensify and how Christianity starts flourishing in once heavy Muslim areas or Agnosticism/Universalism start flourishing in once heavy Christian areas. Knowing this, how can we apply the truth that every generation and sub-culture will ask “Who is Jesus?” I think that answer starts within yourself and then to others.
First you must ask yourself, what questions and excuses may I have about Jesus? It’s ok to have doubts. John the Baptist did when he was in prison and about to die for his faith. Jesus praised Him and encouraged Him in his doubts. Sometimes those doubts really strengthen our faith. But we must do the proper research regarding the Scriptures and going to people we trust and who care for us modeling Christianity to help us with those questions and excuses. Next we ask, what questions and excuses can I answer for others about Jesus? Let’s study up on the answers to the world’s most common questions about Jesus.
As a church we will help you with this when we go through an apologetics sermon series this October. Until then pay attention to what your family members, friends, co-workers and classmates say about Jesus to learn how to answer their questions, doubts and excuses for Him.
By: Erik Koliser