Who is Jesus?

Renegade-Gospel-Main“Who is Jesus?”
# 3 in Series: Renegade Gospel
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Second Sunday in Lent

Luke 9:18-20, CEB

Last summer we encountered Matthew’s version of this story and talked about how we each understand the identity of Jesus.  This morning we will once again visit this question as we engage in conversation based on the video discussion we are about to watch.  We are going to address the most important question you will ever have to answer: “Who is Jesus?”  While writing this series, Mike Slaughter’s team went out on the streets of Dayton, Ohio and randomly asked people that all-important question.  Here is a sample of the answers they got:

  • “Who is Jesus? Oh boy, a man that lived long ago and he gave his…umm, what was it he gave? He died for our sins.”
  • “There are all kinds of fables out there. Some have been proven; some haven’t.”
  • “The son of God.”
  • “Jesus was a good guy. He was trying to do good, but he was just an ordinary man.”
  • “I don’t believe that he is God. I don’t think that he floats around like a ghost or something.”
  • “Oh, I don’t want to answer that question.”
  • “He was a good teacher and a prophet.”
  • “Oh, Lord!”

As we watch this video, think about you may have answered that question in the past.  Also, think about what difference it makes who people think Jesus really is.

[VIDEO: #3 – “Who Is Jesus?”]

Our Conversation:

C.S. Lewis observed that we must decide if Jesus is a liar, a lunatic, or Lord.  What reasons did Lewis give for asserting that Jesus must be identified in one and only one of those three ways?  How do you respond to his assertion?

  • In your opinion, does the evidence we have make a compelling argument for who Jesus is?

We frequently hear the Disciples refer to Jesus as “Rabbi”.  What do we now understand about what this really means?

  • Rabbis carefully selected and invited their followers; it was an honor to be invited.
  • Disciples were expected to follow the day-to-day routines of their rabbi’s life.
  • What does it mean to be “covered in the dust of your Rabbi”?

For you, what is the most compelling argument as to why God had to come in human form?  What, if anything, does suffering have to do with it?

  • “A God who looks like Jesus – I can believe in him.” In other words, we can believe in and follow Jesus because he knows first-hand who we are and what we go through as human beings.

Why does Mike say that Christianity is the one religion you can’t do alone?  What do you think he means in saying that shared brokenness becomes a strength?

  • In Luke 9:10-17, we hear the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. It is placed right before the passage we heard today when Jesus asks his disciples who people say that he is.  What might we learn about the power of multiplication?

In the video, a recovered crack addict named Lori tells her story.  What can we learn from Lori’s experience of recovery, even including her relapse?

  • What does Lori’s story tell us about the true heart of God?
  • Think of the one lost sheep story
  • Think of the Prodigal Son story
  • What does Jesus’ life and the stories he told tell us about God’s true heart?

HOMEWORK:

  • Continue reading the gospel you selected during the first week of this series. Pay close attention to the words attributed to Jesus to learn what he intended to teach.

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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