Everything about this church rises and falls with this question. In fact, depending on who Jesus is, far more than this church will rise or fall. Few would argue that Jesus is the most influential person who has ever walked on the face of the planet. Billions of people throughout history have committed their lives to following his teaching. His influence has completely rearranged cities, countries, and cultures.Why was he so influential? And since he was so influential, why is he so polarizing? Why can’t people come to an agreement on his identity?
You may be seriously wrestling with this question for the first time. Or maybe you have been wrestling with this for some time. Either way, you’re in good company. When Jesus was walking around on the earth, his closest friends wrestled with this question too. Jesus actually posed this very question to his them, and they didn’t know how to answer. Here’s how that conversation went according to book of Matthew.Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 16:13 – 17
By this time in the story, these guys had seen Jesus do incredible things. They had seen him walk on water, miraculously feed thousands of people, school the false teachers, heal the sick, and so much more. It was people who had a front row seat to seeing Jesus perform all of these crazy signs, when asked, who is Jesus, replied with, “uh..er…ah…well some people say…”
But one of them replies by saying the equivalent of, “Jesus, you are God Himself, God in the flesh.” This is why Jesus has been so polarizing and so confusing for so many people for so many years. This is why he is so influential. And this is what we believe. This is what this church is based on, this is what our lives are based on. Our great hope is that Jesus is in fact who he said he was: fully God, fully man. Jesus is the one, true God.
The intention of this short explanation is simply to let you know where we stand. We don’t expect everyone to share our convictions; we just want to maintain an open and honest dialogue. The best way we know how to do that is to let you know where we stand on the front end. This way, if you decide to join us in any capacity, you’ll know where we’re going. I’m praying that you’ll come with us and looking forward to traveling this journey with you.