Was Jesus just a man with an over inflated story? Would he just be embarrassed by all the subsequent attention? Actually Jesus very clear about who he was and he must have been either incredibly deluded or someone absolutely unique in human history.
The basic message of Jesus was himself and that’s the evidence of the gospels. This makes Christianity unique in world religions, take Jesus out of Christianity then it all collapses. It’s all built on his identity so it’s important we understand who he is.
John’s gospel is built around the ‘I am’ statements of Jesus.
I am the bread of life. We all have a hunger that needs satisfying. Jesus didn’t just direct people to the source of this satisfaction he claimed to be that himself.
He didn’t just point to the truth he said; I am the way, the truth and the life.
I am the resurrection and the life Jesus doesn’t provide the answers he provides himself, THE answer.
Jesus often described himself as the son of man. Was Jesus emphasising he was just human?
Daniel 7:13-14 provides a great description of the son of man. He has authority to rule all the nations and they’ll worship him. It’s not about manhood, the name refers to him being God, or another name for the son of man; Messiah. Messiah means anointed, empowered by God for a certain task.
Old Testatment full of prophetic promises for a coming rescuer, the messiah. Jesus read all those things, understood them and realised that was his identity. Jesus could have crushed this identity, most ‘messiahs’ end up being killed! Even before the Sanhedrin prior to his execution. They asked are you the Christ? He says I am.
What part do our expectations play in the way God acts?
The Jews didn’t understand why Jesus wasn’t acting like the messiah they’d expected. They thought their enemy was the Romans but Jesus talked about an enemy much more dangerous that required a much different saviour to the one they expected.
We all want Jesus to solve our problems and help us get what we want. But that can show we don’t really understand Jesus and what he offers.
Our problems are much deeper. There is a heart issue at stake.