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Is Jesus Really The Christ?

Often termed "The great shepherd" Jesus is thought by Christians around the world to have paid the ultimate price for their sins by his innocent sacrifice upon a Roman cross over 2,000 years ago.  Why is he still remembered?

Often termed "The great shepherd" Jesus is thought by Christians around the world to have paid the ultimate price for their sins by his innocent sacrifice upon a Roman cross over 2,000 years ago. Why is he still remembered?

What has caused you to read this article?

Whether from curiosity, or from a driving desire, you are searching for the truth, the true answer to the most important question each person must answer: "Who is Jesus?"

As you search for the true answer, you may choose to do as millions have done before you, and with equally powerful results, for each one of us is (for ourselves) a man named Caiaphas.

Caiaphas was a Sadducee. He was the High Priest in Israel from 18 A.D. to 35 A. D. As such, it was his responsibility to be the first authority to judge who Jesus really was. His public decision was that Jesus was a simple carpenter's son, and a blasphemer worthy of being stoned to death.

You are also the first judge of Jesus. You will decide for yourself "Who is Jesus?"

Each one of us is also in the role of Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea from 26 A. D. to 36 A. D. Under Roman Law, Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin could not have Jesus stoned to death, so they had to send Jesus to Pilate to be judged.

Pilate did judge Jesus to be innocent of the charges Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin had to bring under Roman Law, namely that Jesus promoted rebellion, urged the people not to pay tribute to Caesar, and sought to make himself a king.

Pilate forfeited his own judgment, however, when the Sanhedrin threatened to send a report to his ruler Emperor Tiberius accusing Pilate of poor judgement.

Pilate had sought to let Herod the king of Judea make the judgment, but Herod has returned Jesus to Pilate without making lasting judgment.

You are faced with their choices.

You can decide for yourslfl, as Caiaphas did, that Jesus was "simply a carpenter's son. and a blasphemer" worthy of no further role in your life.

You can decide for yourself, as Pilate did, that Jesus did no wrong, but is worthy of no further role in your life.

You can decide, as Herod did, not to judge. you can decide in effect not to decide, and to say simply that Jesus is a problem for someone else to deal with.

Ultimately you are not Caiaphas, Pilate, or Herod. Yet the truth about Jesus is also important to you, and you are faced with a formidable task, how to know the true answer to "Who is Jesus?"

You could spend a lifetime reading the books and papers which have been written about Jesus---and while you are reading and studying them, more books and papers and being written.

You could ask the world's greatest religious authorities from each of the world's devoutly religious communities---but you would find they have spent lifetimes in prayer, study, and contemplation, and even they do not all agree on the answer to the question: "Who is Jesus?"

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You might start by asking a philosopher what is meant by "true" and by "truth"---but I should warn you that the world's great philosophers seem locked in an endless debate over how to define even those two words.

In the end, you may decide to decide for yourself.

Millions and millions of people have don just that.

They have reached their decisions in their own individual ways

In many cases they have reached their decisions based on the simple and loving testimonies of Christians who "know" in their hearts the answer to your question "Who is Jesus?"

in other cases people have reached their decisions through rayer and anindefinable "something" which gave them a peaceful and warm feeling that answeed their question "Who is Jesus?"

In countless other cases the answer to that question the anwr to that question came in such extraordinary ways that you might only believe the answer by your own judging of the sincerity and honesty of that individual retelling their story for you.

"Who is Jesus?" It is too simple to merely answer: "He is the Christ." For, as with Caiaphas, you are the first judge of "Who is Jesus?"

When you have decided for yourself, your next challenge is to decide what to do with your decision.

Christianity is a smooth but difficult road for most new Christians.

Jesus taught something that has become very familiar: " Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." The last half of that quotation is not as familiar, even with many Christians as Jesus is quoted to have added: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."

Caiaphas, Pilate, Herod, and those in the crowd who shouted, "Crucify him!" would have found it hard to keep Jesus' commandments. For them it was easier to decide who Jesus was by simply each making it someone else's problem---even ours.

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