Bring up the name “Jesus” in a crowd and watch what happens. Suddenly the room gets quiet and then without any provocation people start giving their opinions about Jesus. The question, “Who is Jesus?” cannot be avoided. Like C. S. Lewis said of Jesus in his classic Mere Christianity: “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.”
There is no one in all of history to answer with specifics and absolute certainty the question about the true identity of Jesus than the apostle John. John’s gospel is aimed at anyone with an open mind who wishes to examine the evidence of Jesus’ life, teaching, death, and resurrection. John’s reason from writing is not simply to inspire you with Jesus’ great miracles, impress you with His unparalleled teaching, and make you feel sympathy for His death or wonder at reports of His resurrection. John wants us to see Jesus, the greatest Person of all time, as your promised Messiah, the Son of God who invites you to believe in Him as Savior, Lord and God.
LEAD PASTOR JERRY RUEB
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