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Alpha Course 2019 in Stoke Poges

Who is Jesus?

That seems to be a reasonable question to ask … perhaps it’s not the only question you have about the Christian faith … but as you are here, and reading this, let’s start with Jesus.

When Jesus said, in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” the Jews around him at the time reacted violently … they picked up stones and went to attack him.

After His death and resurrection one of His followers wrote a book to share with the world who Jesus was. One of the first things he said was, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ John 1.1   It makes you wonder: how can a person, if they were, after all, just a man … manage to straddle the millennia and be both before time and in time, unless of course, He is divine?

Interestingly, when you dig deeper into the life and works of Jesus, you find that when folk began saying things like  … “My Lord and my God” John 20:28 and ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Matthew 16.16  Jesus never corrected them. Jesus knew that who He is – and could be to us – is so uniquely powerful that it can transform our lives.  When the divine took on flesh, to make a way – the only way back – into an eternal relationship with himself … God, people noticed and felt compelled to share this good news.

So who is Jesus? Well, for us, he is the name above all names, he is the star-breathing, storm-calming, miracle-working power who cannot be surpassed. And, He is also Jesus, the personal friend who knows what we are going through and cares about us. The one who relates to us so intimately that he washes our feet, stands between us and our accusers and has suffered intolerable pain in our stead.

But who is Jesus to you? … well only you can answer that in the end … but as C.S Lewis, a well-known Christian author wrote of Jesus, “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 patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

If you want to explore more … come and visit us … journey with us. Taste and see that the LORD is good.’ Ps.34.8 

Revd Natasha Brady, April 2019