What do you believe about Jesus? This is the single most important question of your life. Jesus asked His own disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15–16). How do you answer Him? What emotions or thoughts come to mind when you hear the name Jesus? Curiosity? Uncertainty? A warm, familiar affection? Perhaps you wonder if He ever really existed or if it’s all just a story. We know without a doubt that Jesus physically walked the dusty roads of the ancient Near East nearly two thousand years ago. Historical documents other than the Bible describe this “rabbi” as well as His crucifixion by Pilate. Jesus’ existence is a historical fact. The question is—do you believe His words today? In fewer than four years of public ministry, Jesus turned the world upside down. No one else has been more radical or divisive. He leaves no middle ground. Jesus calls Himself the Light, the Way, the Truth, the “I AM” of the Old Testament. He makes the radical claim to be God. Either He tells the truth or He’s a madman. He leaves no space for being a “good teacher.”
Do You Believe in Jesus?
Jesus is Lord
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus is addressed as the Lord Almighty, Yahweh of the Old Testament. He’s called Lord even before He was born. While she was carrying Jesus in her womb, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist. Elizabeth cried out with joy, “And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43). Even before His birth, Elizabeth understood the child her cousin carried was no ordinary child. He was the Lord. To prepare the people for Jesus, John the Baptist cried out, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight!” (Mark 1:3). His listeners would have instantly known he was quoting Isaiah 40:3. This quote from Isaiah described God Himself coming to His people. John’s words are crystal clear to his listeners—when Jesus comes among them, it is the Lord coming among them.
The Name of Jesus Christ
Lord is a title for Jesus, but His name has deep significance as well. Throughout the Old Testament, names always have meaning. They’re chosen for specific reasons. Sometimes God renames people at a turning point to mark a change in their life. The name Jesus, or Yeshua in Hebrew, means “God saves.” The name Christ isn’t a surname but a title, meaning “the anointed one.” Sometimes we fall into a misguided notion that Jesus is the nicer version of the Old Testament God. He’s not. He is the God of the Old Testament.
Why is it important that we believe Jesus is Lord?
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