The Person of Jesus: What Would You Say?

“Jesus went out, along with His disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He questioned His disciples, saying to them, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ They told Him, saying, ‘John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but others, one of the prophets.’And He continued by questioning them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter *answered and *said to Him, ‘You are the Christ.’” Mark 8:26-30

This post is the second in a series that encourages all Christians to think about how they would answer questions pertinent to Christian faith if asked.  In this series, I will post questions from an actual pastoral candidate questionnaire that I received from a Southern Baptist Church and give my answers.  I hope that’ll you’ll join in the discussion by posting answers of your own in the comment section.  Here’s the second question and answer of the series:

Who was Jesus?

The question is not “who was Jesus?” the question is “who is Jesus?”  Jesus is Lord [1] and He is alive. [2]  Jesus died on a Roman cross circa 30 AD, but he didn’t stay dead.  He was raised back to the life by the Father on the 1st Easter Sunday. [3]  Jesus was a born to a virgin [4] as a man circa 4 B.C. [5] through the miracle of the incarnation. [6]  He is truly man and truly God.  He is the eternal Son of God, the third Person of the Trinity who was, is, and is to come. [7] He was the agent of creation [8] and is the sustainer of the universe [9]. He is the Messiah promised by Old Testament prophecy [10].   His death on the cross atones for the sins [11] of any person [12] who turns from his or her sinful lifestyle [13] and submits to Jesus as Lord [14].  He is in currently in heaven sitting at the right hand of the Father [15] and will return [16] for His church [17] at the appointed time [18] when He makes all the things new. [19] Jesus is God. [20]

What would you say?

[1] Matthew 12:8

[2] Matthew 28:6

[3] 1 Corinthians 15:3-5

[4] Luke 1:27

[5] Luke 2:1-7

[6] Isaiah 9:6, Philippians 2:6-6,

[7] Revelation1:8

[8] John 1:2

[9] Colossians 1:17

[10] Luke 24:25-27

[11] Mark 10:45

[12] Romans 1:16

[13] Mark1:15

[14] Romans 10:9

[15] Hebrews 1:3

[16] Revelation 22:7

[17] 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

[18] Matthew 24:36

[19] Revelation 21:5

[20] John 8:58

*Please note that the preceding is my personal opinion.  It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled.  Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.

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