Who is Jesus? Holy man? Prophet? Teacher? Son of God?
“Who do you say I am?” That question Jesus asked his disciples has resounded throughout the ages.
Every year a new crop of books, movies, TV shows, songs, and more, claim to reveal the “real” truth about Jesus. What are you to believe?
The answer to the question “Who is Jesus?” is found in the Bible, which contains accurate, historical, and personal insight into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
If you want to know what Jesus really said and did, and who he really claimed to be, you need to read the Bible. Here are eight passages to get you started:
Jesus is God
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning.... The Word became human and lived among us. We saw his glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with his only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth.... No one has ever seen God. God’s only Son, the one who is closest to the Father’s heart, has made him known.
John 1:1-2, 14, and 18
[Jesus said] “My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are. They follow me, and I give them eternal life. They will never be lost, and no one will tear them away from me. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than everyone else, and no one can tear them away from my Father. The Father and I are one.”
Jesus is Life
Jesus told them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never become hungry, and whoever believes in me will never become thirsty.”
Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me. If you have known me, you will also know my Father. From now on you know him through me and have seen him in me.”
Jesus is Savior
John saw Jesus coming toward him the next day and said, “Look! This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.
Jesus is King
Jesus answered [Pilate], “My kingdom doesn’t belong to this world. If my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. My kingdom doesn’t have its origin on earth.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus replied, “You’re correct in saying that I’m a king. I have been born and have come into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me.”
[Jesus told his disciples] “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you.”
Partially adapted from the introduction to The Life of Jesus, by Johnathan Ziman