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Who Is Jesus?

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July 12, 2022 8:00 pm

Who Is Jesus?

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July 12, 2022 8:00 pm

Who do people believe Jesus is? Some say He was a good teacher, but just a man. Author C.S. Lewis wrote, “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.” These now-famous words from Mere Christianity propound that Jesus would not have been a great prophet if He falsely claimed to be God. That would be the ultimate heresy.

While talking with His disciples as they walked between villages, Jesus asked them, “Who do people say I am?” (Mark 8:27). Their answers included John the Baptist, Elijah, and one of the prophets (v. 28). But Jesus wanted to know what they believed: “Who do you say I am?” Peter got it right. “You are the Messiah” (v. 29), the Savior.

But who do we say Jesus is? Jesus could not have been a good teacher or prophet if what He said about Himself—that He and the Father (God) are “one” (John 10:30)— wasn’t true. His followers and even the demons declared His divinity as the Son of God (Matthew 8:39; 16:16; 1 John 5:20). Today, may we spread the word about who Christ is as He provides what we need.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Our reading titled, Who is Jesus?, was written by Alison Keita. Who do people believe Jesus is? Some say He was a good teacher, but just a man.

Author C.S. Lewis wrote, 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. These now famous words from mere Christianity propound that Jesus would not have been a great prophet if He falsely claimed to be God.

That would be the ultimate heresy. In Mark chapter 8, while talking with His disciples as they walked between villages, Jesus asked them, Who do people say I am? Their answers included John the Baptist, Elijah, and one of the prophets. But Jesus wanted to know what they believed. Who do you say I am?

Peter got it right. You are the Messiah, the Savior. But who do we say Jesus is? Jesus could not have been a good teacher or prophet if what He said about Himself, that He and the Father, God, are one, wasn't true. His followers and even the demons declared His divinity as the Son of God. Today, may we spread the word about who Christ is as He provides what we need. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Mark chapter 8, verses 27 through 30.

Jesus and His disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way, He asked them, Who do people say I am? They replied, Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, one of the prophets.

But what about you? He asked, Who do you say I am? Peter answered, You are the Messiah.

Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about Him. Let's pray. Dear Jesus, we thank You for being the way, the truth, and the life. We're so thankful we can cling to You and be led by You and help us to share with others the good news of who You really are. Thank you, Jesus. It's in Your name that we pray. Amen.
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