Summary: This is the greatest question that can be asked of every man. The answer will determine our eternal destiny.
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Pastor James May
WHO IS JESUS TO YOU?
John 4:39-42, "And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."
Both history and the Bible record the fact that a man named Jesus actually walked upon the earth. What we believe about this man named Jesus and why we believe what we do concerning him will make the difference in determining our eternal destination.
Most people and religions around the world are somewhat confused about just who Jesus was. Some confess that he existed in times past and was a great prophet, a man of peace, and a great teacher. Others say that he was a high priest. Still others say that he was the reincarnation of one of the Old Testament Prophets.
In Matthew 16:13-15, Jesus had the same question for his disciples that I have presented to you this morning, “…When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am?"
I believe that every man must face this question. Some people are blessed to have Jesus come to them time and again in an attempt to reveal himself to them. Sad to say that many don’t have so many chances to meet Christ.
There are millions who have never heard the name of Jesus and yet there is a hunger, an emptiness, in the heart of all men that search for the truth of what some call a “higher power” or “the man upstairs” or “ the supreme intelligence” or “the cosmic force”.
Mankind comes up with a lot of names for God. Some give him these generic titles out of ignorance while many do so because they don’t want to believe in the true God and confess that Jesus is the Son of God.