Who Is Jesus and Why Does It Matter?

You’ve probably heard a lot of theories about who Jesus was: prophet, moral teacher, lunatic, the Son of God. In the record of Jesus’ life and teachings in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus affirmed the Apostle Peter’s statement that he was “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16).
 
The resurrection of Jesus is God’s confirmation that Jesus was who he said He was. Jesus was crucified on a cross, died in our place, and rose from the grave, so that we can have eternal life. You might be familiar with John 3:16, which asserts that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” That is the Good News in a nutshell.
Well-known theologian C. S. Lewis wrote these words about who Jesus is in his book Mere Christianity:

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. . . . 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.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16 NASB

A new beginning . . .

Are you ready to accept, along with the Apostle Paul, that Jesus is the Son of the Living God? When you embrace Jesus as the Son of God, he will also become your Savior, Lord, and Friend as you put your trust in Him.

When you confess your sins (bad choices and wrongful behaviors that have hurt others or ourselves) to God and embrace Jesus as your Risen Lord, God will forgive you and give you a new life in Him. Romans 10:9 says that “if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It’s really that simple—and that profound.
 
If you’re ready to acknowledge that Jesus is “the Messiah [the Christ], the Son of God” and to receive him as your Savior and Lord, you can do so right now by praying a prayer of confession and surrender to Jesus with these words or words of your own:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You are the resurrected Son of the Living God. I’ve done many sinful things in my life as I lived without You. Please forgive me. I accept Your forgiveness and love, and I ask You to be my Savior and Lord. Help me to walk with You day by day and to grow in love, faith, and understanding. In Your wonderful name I pray.  Amen.

If you prayed this life-changing prayer, welcome to the family of God! Your next steps are to tell someone and to begin reading the Bible. We suggest starting with the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. Please let us know if you just accepted Jesus by clicking the button below. Someone from Sparta Church will provide you with a Bible if you don’t have one and will help you connect with other followers of Jesus so that you can grow in your faith.