Written by Tobin Perry for the Logos blog, Word by Word
Who Is Jesus? Answering Life’s Most Important Question
“Who is Jesus?” is one of the most frequently asked questions in human history. It’s likely more books have been written on the topic than any other.
But it’s much more than just a popular topic. You literally can’t ask a more important question.
I could answer it in a few different ways.
Many people call him a great moral teacher, a good person who was worthy to be imitated (both very true statements).
For Christians, he is the unique Son of God, fully God and fully human, the savior of the world, who came to take away the sins of the world.
That’s the short answer. Most people only take it that far. They know only the basics about Jesus.
Others grab a few lines of the great creeds of the early church, which many people recite weekly in worship services worldwide. The Nicene Creed and Apostle’s Creed provide statements about both the divinity and humanity of Jesus that have stood for centuries.
The Nicene Creed tells us he is: “One Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made.”
It’s a mouthful of great theology.
But to really answer the question—again the most important question you can ask—it’s important to dive in deep not into what other people believe, but what you do.
That’s what this article does. I want to help you discover an answer to that question that will last your whole life through.
Why it matters who Jesus is
You don’t have the hours in your day to research every person in history (obviously). Even important historical figures, like Napoleon, Alexander the Great, and Qin Shi Huang (China’s first emperor) often do not make our daily reading lists.
So what makes Jesus different? Why should you devote your precious time to answering the question, “Who is Jesus?”
It’s an honest and important question. Here are three reasons everyone should take the time to answer it:
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