Who is Jesus? That’s exactly what the people who met Jesus wanted to know. They saw him do these incredible public things, like raising Lazarus from the dead three days after he died, and feeding a crowd of over 5000 people from a little boy’s lunch.
It was the stuff you wouldn’t believe unless you saw it, but they had! And they could talk to Lazarus. They ate the food. They were there. And the things he said… He spoke with the authority of God, he forgave sin, and he said that he had come to die in the place of sinners. So who was he?
On the night before he died Jesus said to his friends, this is who I am, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him, and have seen him.”
Jesus said that he is the way to God, and he is the truth about God, and he gives life from God. Jesus shows us who God the Father is, because Jesus is fully God.
Imagine if you went to watch a movie, but for some reason focused on one of the extras and ignored the plot and everything that the main character did. The movie wouldn’t make much sense!
In the story and history of our world, Jesus is both the author and the main character.
As the Bible says, ‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation… all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.’
And he’s the hero of the story too, while we… aren’t.
That can be hard to swallow, but it’s not hard to see that it’s true.
We don’t love God in the way he deserves, and we don’t love one another the way we love ourselves.
Instead, we have turned away from God, either ignoring him and living our own way, or trying to use him and manipulate him to get what we want. We deserve his judgment.
But Jesus is the hero who sacrificed himself to rescue us and make peace.
The Bible says it like this, ‘For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.’
This is the good news story of Jesus. We are made by Jesus and for Jesus and we are loved by him. He died for our forgiveness, so that we could be reconciled with God. Jesus doesn’t just matter, he matters more than anything else.
Jesus makes a huge difference. He’s real, he died and is alive, and he’s changing lives.