The Bible is God’s revelation. It’s not speculation. God’s revelation focuses on one person—Jesus Christ.
Many have asked why an itinerant preacher two thousand years ago is important to us today. Most people know of him. Sadly, they use his name when they are surprised, frustrated, or angry. Yet they consider him irrelevant for their lives.
Yet those who saw him, walked with him, and talked with him considered him very important. Peter said it so clearly, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:58,59). Some of them wrote what they had seen and heard. From their accounts, others soon recognized Jesus as the only source of eternal life.
But many today ask if what they wrote is true. That’s been happening since Jesus first spoke to the fishermen in Galilee. In Nazareth, his hometown, the people questioned his message (Luke 4:14-30). Who does he think he is? was on their minds. What makes him so special? they thought. He claimed to be the Holy One of God who came to give eternal life to all who believed in him. “No!” they said. Later in Jerusalem, Jesus made similar claims. “No!” they also said. They wanted to punctuate their refusal with stones. Jesus continued teaching about eternal life, but at the next Passover these naysayers would maneuver the Romans to crucify him, keeping their hands free of his blood.
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Author: John A. Braun
Volume 108, Number 1
Issue: January 2021