Most people have an opinion or belief about Jesus. Some see Him as a compassionate man who once walked around Galilee and Jerusalem doing good things for people and teaching them to live better lives. Others claim a personal relationship with Him – believing He’s with them, praying to Him, asking Him to guide their lives. For some, opinions are based on hearsay or feelings; for others, they are based on research and reading. There is no doubt that the views of Jesus vary widely.
Here are some things people have said about Him:
- Some in the biblical crowd: “He is a good man.”
- Others in same crowd: “He deceives the people.”
- Roman centurion: “Surely this was the Son of God.”
- C. S. Lewis: “Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse.”
- John the Baptist: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
- Peter: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
- Thomas: “My Lord and my God.”
- Bertrand Russell: “. . . clearly he was not so wise as some other people have been, and he was certainly not superlatively wise.”
- People of Nain: “A great prophet has appeared among us.”
- Temple guards: “No one ever spoke the way this man does.”
If Jesus walked into the room right now, what would you say to Him? About Him? Who is Jesus to you? It’s the most important question you will ever answer.
“The miracle of the gospel is Christ, risen and glorified, who this very moment tracks us, pursues us, abides in us, and offers Himself to us as companion for the journey.” – Brennan Manning