Who is Jesus?
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
C. S. Lewis
Who is Jesus? This question has enraged, confounded and delighted people for over 2000 years. It is also the wonderful question at the heart of Christianity – and all of life really. If you’re asking this question, we’d love to help you find out the answer.
At Norwest Anglican we love to honestly and humbly explore who Jesus is together. Our hope is to be a church committed not to religious traditions but knowing and enjoying Jesus.
Jesus, the Son of God, entered our world that first Christmas on a rescue mission. Christians for millennia have known that God’s response to a broken and rebellious world wasn’t to give us up or cast us aside but to save us.
Jesus is truly human, having experienced a normal birth, childhood and upbringing. He lived with a family in a typical first century Jewish house. At times he felt weary, hungry and thirsty. He experienced pain and suffering when he was tortured and crucified. He felt a full range of emotions; He was tempted to reject God, but he remained faithful.
And yet, Jesus is also truly God. The eyewitness records of his life tell of his divine power and victory over evil. He healed the sick, loved the broken, taught the truth, forgave sins, condemned religious hypocrisy, ruled over natural forces and even raised people from the dead.
Jesus claimed to be equal with God. This staggering claim got him into a lot of trouble with religious authorities. They were jealous of his popularity with the crowds and were rebuked by his condemnation of their religious pride. So they campaigned for his crucifixion by the Romans. However, this was all part of God’s original rescue plan. As Jesus died on the cross he died in our place and for our sins. He took on himself the judgment for all our rebellion and sin. He died and his corpse was laid in the tomb.
However, on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus is the most striking thing that singles him out from other religious leaders, and any other person. This is central to Christianity. Jesus made some astounding claims about himself, which were validated when he came back to life, showing his power over death.
And at Norwest we speak of, preach about and live for Jesus week in, week out. We’d love to meet with you – anytime – to talk about how Jesus makes sense of everything.