“Regardless of what anyone may personally think or believe about him, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of western culture for almost 20 centuries.”
Jaroslav Pelikan — Historian, Yale University
Who Is Jesus?
Jesus is captivating. So, who is Jesus? It’s a question worth exploring.
Jesus said this of himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father [God] except through me” (John 14:6). It’s a bold claim. But Jesus went further, saying, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
So, here is the marvelous mystery of Jesus’ identity: the man Jesus, who is fully human, and therefore approachable and relatable, claims to be at the very same time God in the flesh. He is not merely a way to God, he is God.
Of course, anyone can claim to be Divine. But Jesus proved it by living the perfect life we should have lived, by dying the death we should have died in our place, and, ultimately, through his glorious resurrection from the dead. Jesus demonstrated that he is the master of life and death, and therefore, that his revolutionary words are true.
Since Jesus truly did rise from the dead, that means that he’s still alive, and you can know him today. You can enter into a vital, life-transforming relationship with the God of the universe. Jesus didn’t come to burden people with arbitrary rules. He came so that we “can have real and eternal life, more and better life than [we] ever dreamed of” (John 10:10).
If you long for more in your life, here are some possible next steps:
Explore Further: Join us for our next Alpha, an opportunity to explore life and the person of Jesus in a friendly, open, and informal environment.
Open Yourself: Sometimes the next step in our spiritual journey is to open ourselves to the possibility of God or of Jesus. If that’s where you are, we invite you to consider praying this prayer:
Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. If what you claim is true, please reveal yourself to me. Open me to the reality of who you are. Guide me, teach me, and grant me an understanding of you that is clear and compelling, and that leads to the life you promise. Amen.
Respond With Faith: If you want to enter into a life of knowing and following Jesus, here’s a prayer you can pray to express that desire and begin that journey:
Jesus, I’m praying this prayer because I know that I have done wrong by living without you. I am sorry and I ask you to forgive me. I accept your love and grace for me and ask that you would be my Lord. Help me trust in you and love you every day, and help me to show the world what you are like and how great your love is. Amen.
If you prayed one of these prayers today, we’d love to hear from you so we can resource you on this journey. Please let us know by filling out the form below.