“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV) Notice that there is something for you to do: “Come to me.” Either you will do this, or you won’t, and Jesus says your experience depends on this. Jesus doesn’t say,...
“Who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15
Who is Jesus? That question takes us to the foundation of Christian faith. Everything else rests on this. People have many questions about the Christian faith—some have difficulty believing in miracles, especially Jesus rising from the dead. Some have difficulties with the exclusive claims of Jesus: “No one comes to the Father except through me.” But when you come to the Gospels, the first truth that confronts us is the revelation of who Jesus is.
If Jesus were simply a godly man, his miracles would be suspicious, his claims would be preposterous, and a thinking person would treat any promise that came from his mouth with extreme skepticism.
But if God came into the world in Jesus Christ, as the Scriptures tell us he did, you would expect him to say things that no one else could ever say and do things that no one else could ever do. And it is much more startling that the Son of God should die than that he should rise again!
When you settle in your mind and in your heart who Jesus is—that he is the Lord, the Savior, the Christ, the Redeemer, and the King, and that he is all these things because he is the Son of God—then you have laid the foundation of faith on which everything else will rest. You can rest the weight of your life, your death, and your eternity on him.
Is the foundation of your faith resting on who Jesus is? Or on something else?