Monday, October 24, 2011

Pop Quiz

Was Jesus the Son of God? Was Jesus a big liar? Was Jesus just a good teacher?

Luke 9:18 One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

19 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.”

20 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

Peter replied, “You are the Messiah sent from God!”

Nobody likes a pop quiz, we usually cringe at the idea when we are in school, none of the students like them but they aren't going anywhere because the teachers know that the pop quiz works.

There was plenty of speculation about Jesus,  Herod thought he was a prophet or maybe John the Baptist had come back to life, the Pharisees labeled Jesus a madman and even speculated that he was possessed. Was Jesus the Son of God? Was Jesus a liar? Was Jesus just a teacher?

“But who do you say I am?” The question is important because your view of Jesus will predict your willingness to follow and obey, to view him as Messiah and Lord has a cost, it requires that you live an obedient lifestyle. If you want to get to know who Jesus is, then it makes sense to ask the people that spent the most time with Jesus, the disciples should be able to fill us in.

Peter answered Jesus “You are the Messiah sent from God!” The people that were the closest to Jesus came to the conclusion that he is who he claimed to be, they proved it in the new way that they lived, they proved it in their obedience to his teaching, they proved it to the point of sacrifice.

Acts 5:42  And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”

It is so much easier to call him a teacher or a liar, problem is, the evidence doesn't support these two theories, the testimony of the eleven men that spent three years with him 24/7 should be enough documentation to prove Jesus as the Messiah without any doubt.

You might like to read:
Puzzled About Jesus  //  Who Was Jesus  //  Sincerely Wrong