Matthew 16:13, When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15“But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
This weekend, I begin a new series entitled Explore God. For seven weeks, I will ask and answer seven of life’s most important questions. One question that will be covered is: “Is Jesus Really God?”
To truly know Jesus, we must first learn from those who knew Him first hand, and then consider who Jesus is for ourselves. I think a lot of people form opinions about Jesus without ever really studying Him. Some people claim Jesus was a good moral teacher or even a prophet, but nothing else. Even Jesus, Himself, said, “Why do you call me good? No one is good—except God alone.” (Luke 18:19)
Even Jesus’ disciples were struck by both the power and humility of Jesus. Though they wrestled with the mystery of who He was, they became more and more convinced that He was much more than an ordinary man. At one point Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say I am?” and the men with whom He lived His daily life on earth said, “You are the Messiah.”
Join me this weekend as we begin to Explore God, and answer questions like “Is Jesus Really God?”
Think about it; I hope to see you in church on Sunday!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D