Big Question: Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

By Michalski, John | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), February 15, 2014 | Go to article overview

Big Question: Who Do You Say Jesus Is?


Michalski, John, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


For all its heritage of beautiful music and art and literature, for all of its achievements in theology and spirituality, for all of its long history of service to humanity, Christianity's continued value and validity will ultimately depend on your answer to the question, "Who do you say that Jesus is?"

The Christian Church stands or falls on the truth of the story it tells about Jesus. According to this story, humanity is part of a good universe, created by a good God. But by our choice, evil entered our universe and our species, leaving both broken. And the essence of that brokenness is death.

God could have chosen to remain aloof and untouched by the pain and misery that death had brought into his creation. Instead, he chose to send his Son into creation, to unite himself with that creation by becoming a human being - Jesus of Nazareth.

In Jesus, God the Son - Image of the Invisible Father and full revelation of the Divine - took our nature, took on everything that makes us human, and shared in the fullness of our condition by freely accepting death. But because he is God - Life Itself - Jesus could not be conquered by death.

He rose from the tomb and now lives eternally. And his union, with humanity and with all of creation, means that we and it can now share in this victory. His divinity is the medicine, the only medicine, which can heal our broken world and give us everlasting life. …

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