“I am the Way the Truth and the Life” ~Jesus
Beginning with His birth and the centuries following, a debate has been raging over who Jesus is. A good teacher. A prophet. A good man. A philosopher. An imaginary character created in the minds of religious men more than two thousand years ago. The Son of God. The Savior of the world. God. The Light of the world.
Since no one is alive who can testify of Jesus’ attributes, character, death, burial and resurrection, we must go to the only faithful record which is the Bible.
There is, however, one aspect of using the Bible which may prove a stumbling block to some people who aren’t sure who Jesus is. Belief! Yes, belief. In order to investigate the only thorough record of the life of Christ the reader must believe the Bible to be true.
If we were given an assignment to investigate the life of David Wilkerson, who was a well-known pastor, it would be easy to find books and articles, including the best selling book, The Cross and the Switchblade. And we would not wonder if the information was true, we would just believe it.
The Bible is a different matter. For millions of Christians, the Bible is the Word of God, written by 40 authors over a span of 1500 years as they were inspired by God. So, you see that finding the answers to the question, Who Is Jesus, will require some faith.
What the Bible says about Jesus:
Matthew 28:18 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
John 6:35 “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.”
John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
John 10:9 “I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved.”
John 10:27-30 “I have told you,” replied Jesus, “and you do not believe it. What I have done in my Father’s name is sufficient to prove my claim, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep recognise my voice and I know who they are. They follow me and I give them eternal life. They will never die and no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. And no one can tear anything out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.”
John 11:25-26 “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.”
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me!”
Acts 4:8-12 At this Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke to them, “Leaders of the people and elders, if we are being called in question today over the matter of a kindness done to a helpless man and as to how he was healed, it is high time that all of you and the whole people of Israel knew that it was done in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! He is the one whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, and it is by his power that this man at our side stands in your presence perfectly well. He is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone’.
In no one else can salvation be found. For in all the world no other name has been given to men but this, and it is by this name that we must be saved!”
Amazingly, Jesus is not only a man whose spectacular but brief life is written on the pages of dusty historical reference books, but God’s Son, the Christ. According to the Bible, Jesus’ brief earthly life, which ended tragically with His brutal death on the cross, was not a religious cult that got out of hand but rather the ultimate expression of God’s love for all of mankind.