Who is Jesus?


Who is Jesus Christ?

Is Jesus just a nice man? Who was he? Did he really walk the earth, suffer and die and rise again as Christians claim?

What historians know is that there was a man named Jesus who walked the earth centuries ago. Several times he claimed that he was the Son of God as he walked among the people and brought healing, teaching and love to those who would hear him.  Those who knew him can tell you that they watched him die-and then saw him alive again three days later. No one in human history has ever done that before. Who is this Jesus?

Writer CS Lewis offers us this thought: “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.”

Who do you say that He is?

Let's consider another thought: What other world religion claims to have a God who came to us in human form, loves us enough to go through a horrific death for us so that we don't have to suffer the consequences of our sins, rises from the dead and in effect, defeating death so that we can live in freedom from sin, shame, loneliness, but live a life of the hope of eternal life? What other "God" or "teacher" offers you such love and friendship? Could it be that this Jesus loved you enough to give his life for you and he invites you to know him and know what he can offer you? Could he really be the One you've been searching for all your life? Can he really fulfill all your desires? 

We at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish invite you to consider who Jesus could be to you. If you have more questions or want to talk, please call Leah Hinman or Jennifer Brown at the parish offices: (517) 393-3030. If you would like to speak to our pastor, Fr John Byers, you can reach him at that same number. We would love to have that conversation with you!

 

The Alpha Course:
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