WHO IS JESUS?
So, why ask, 'Who is Jesus' rather than 'Who was Jesus'. If we were to ask that kind of thing about any other famous 'religious' figure/leader of the past then it would be normal to talk about them in the sense of their history and who they were/what they did/what they said etc when they were around. Some people might well think that Jesus fits that kind of mould. He was born and lived in Israel just over 2000 years ago. He said some remarkable things that have been recorded in the Bible. He did miracles according to those who reported on His life and as a result of the problems He caused to the political and religious authorities of His day He was eventually arrested, tried and executed by crucifixion. This is an event that is still remembered in the western world on Good Friday and it is to Easter we must look to see why the question that is being asked is 'Who is Jesus?'. Three days after His death on the first Easter Sunday an unprecedented event took place which was going to change the course of the history of the world. Jesus' body was resurrected by God and given life again (a new kind of life) - and, consequently, Jesus is alive for evermore.
'The New Testament writers speak from the perspective that Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the ‘first fruits,’ the pioneer of life,’ He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so". - CS Lewis Miracles
May we all take time during this Easter to carefully consider and then celebrate Who Jesus is and give thanks for His inestimable and immense impact on the world and also on the life of anyone who will commit themselves unreservedly to Him.
Love and blessings,
Steve & Pauline - April 2021