The Most Important Question

     This Easter has given me so much to think about spiritually. In the year since last Easter, I have had a revelation of who Christ truly is.

The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated
Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, He is alive! 
Forever~ Kari Jobe 

     I have attended church all my life. From infancy I was taught to revere Jesus. So it seemed good and right to make a habit of doing the things that religious people are supposed to do. Dress modestly, eschew "worldly" things and activities, read my Bible, go to the "right" church, talk about churchy things, hang out with churchy people, feel badly for those who are unchurched or in the "wrong" church, get preachy and judgemental but call it righteousness. It boiled down to rules. Not Jesus.

     That's what I thought being a Christian was. The problem with that was I lived my life as an aquaintaince of Christ rather than someone who actually knew Him and the glory of what He did. I was cheating myself, my family, and giving a horrible reputation to Christians. It wasn't until recently that I truly asked myself, "Who is Jesus Christ?"

     When Jesus was taken before Pontias Pilate to be judged and condemned, Pilate asked Jesus who He was. "Are you the king of the Jews?" (John 18:33).

     Jesus answered, "Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?" (John 18:34).

     I, like Pilate, had been living with a notion of who others said Jesus was. I didn't truly know Him myself. 

     Who is Jesus? This is the most important question to ask. This is the question I should ask myself and live by every single day. And I, without preaching or judging, just simply living my life by that question, should cause others to want to ask it for themselves.

     As for the answer, my life should help others to understand that as well. The glorious answer: Jesus is our Savior who came from Heaven to redeem us from the condemnation of our sin and give us full assurance of eternal life. He is God with us. He was not made by God as we are, but begotten of God. He is part of God and has eternal power that we do not (John 3: 16).

     Jesus is not small enough to fit into the box of who other people say He is. Jesus, Lord of lords, King of kings, The Lamb of God, is greater than our finite minds can comprehend. He is love unending and grace incarnate. He is worthy of our true worship and devoted service. He is the risen Savior. The only being on this Earth that the grave could not defeat. He is ALIVE! He is alive for me to know. For all to know. 

     So. Have you asked and answered this vital question for yourself? Who is Jesus? 

     I know Him. I know Him for myself. And because I know Him, I can live in His power, with His assurance, showing His love. Though I am far from perfect, I am living a life that has been changed from the inside out. I pray that you can say this too.