Two thousand years ago, Jesus and his friends were having a conversation about the rumor mill of popular opinion. "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" he asked them. They responded by listing some common answers they had heard. But then Jesus changed the stakes. Turning from the informational to the personal, he looked them in the eye and asked: "But who do you say that I am?"
It's easy to answer the what-are-others-saying question. But there comes a point when we must face Jesus' question ourselves. Who do we say that he is?
The most common answer is that Jesus was a great moral teacher--an exemplary teacher and compassionate sage. But C. S. Lewis--the British author who wrote The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe--insisted that such reductions be off the table:
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
This question--who do you say that he is?--is the most important question you can ask and answer. In this book John Piper answers some of the most common and important questions about Jesus: who he is, why he came, what he accomplished-and why we should care.
If you've asked some of these same questions and you're looking for some answers--based not on our own thoughts and theories but upon God's Word--we invite you to join us. For your joy.