On Christian Life

Who is Jesus? pt 2

I’m good at interviews. I don’t say that to sound proud or boastful, but I’ve had a lot of success and coached a lot of people to getting hired. Several years ago I began to understand how interviews work: what employers are looking for, how I come across to others, and what kinds of questions they will ask me.

But even as adept as I am at interviews, there are occasionally some questions that stump me. They are usually questions that are deep and require introspection on another level such as:

How would your enemies describe you to us?

If I asked you to make a box, what would you do?

If two trains travelling in opposite directions leave their stations at the same time, one at 55 mph the other at 70 mph and they are 600 miles away, what is the current exchange rate for bitcoin to dollars?

But being interviewed hasn’t always been a skill. I used to be shy and afraid, thinking that in humility I should deflect on my accomplishments. I used to stumble and stutter. I used to put my foot in my mouth. I used to fear the questions that I knew would come, and when I tried to respond I would have no believable answer.

Then I started preparing. I studied the potential questions interviewers could ask. I studied how to dress, how to sit, how to stand, how to shake hands, how to shave (or not shave), and how to behave. I studied the science of interviewing. Once I knew the science, the rules of the game, I was freer to be me. Then all the studying paid off. I got offers, I made contacts, and I found my voice.

Bold statement #1 – your life is one big interview.

The way you live your life is really just living out the way you answer a basic set of questions like:

What is most important to me?

What do I expect of myself?

What do others expect of me?

We can’t avoid answering these questions even one day of our lives. Do you think you can go an entire day without answering at least one of those questions? Imagine what your day would look like where you weren’t demonstrating what is most important to you. You would be living contrary to who you are, which would take a herculean effort. You couldn’t sustain living contrary to your highest values. We always live out our priorities.

Then if it is true that our lives are one big interview, it begs the question: what are we interviewing for? If we’re interviewing, there has to be an end goal. There has to be a destination. Maybe you don’t know what the end goal is, and you’ve never thought about it. Maybe you’ve considered some of the answers: a good life, reincarnation, Karma, nothing, or heaven & hell.

In our previous discussion about the life of Jesus we looked at what kind of man he was. If there was anyone who could ace the interview of life, it was Jesus. He was bold in the face of religious fanatics who ruled with an iron fist. He was kind in the face of suffering. He led with authority, taught with insight and wisdom, and behaved with integrity. It’s not hard to admire the man Jesus.

However, Jesus claimed to be God. He did nothing because he was looking for advancement. Every word he spoke, every act of compassion was a reflection of God.

Have you ever asked, “Who is Jesus?” Jesus provides the answer. He was having of a conversation with his followers in John chapter 14.

8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.

This could be strange to you. You’ve heard of Jesus, but the idea that he is God seems doubtful. Maybe you’re not even sure if you believe in God to begin with. Wherever you are in this conversation, start with this.

Bold statement #2 – the only question that matters in life is, “Who is Jesus?”

Do you want the answer to life’s mysteries?

Do you want to know your purpose for being alive at all?

Do you want to learn more about God, the universe, or yourself?

All of these questions are wrapped up in the most important question of all: who is Jesus? It is on this question that your interview rests. It is around this question that your life is built. Human history hinges on the man Jesus. His followers have submitted to torture and death. Broken lives have been restored. Dead people have become alive again, all through the power of this one question.

How we answer this question will determine our priorities and the trajectory of our lives just as it has determined the last 2,000 years of world events. Now you’re faced with the question.

You’re being interviewed. The fact that you’re reading this at all says that you’re preparing, trying to understand what kinds of questions you’ll have to answer. Take some time to consider your answer. Who is Jesus?

If you would, please take some time to comment below. I would love to hear your answers to who Jesus is.

I am a husband, a father and a follower of Christ. I have been an entrepreneur, a pastor and a politician. Through many hardships I have learned lessons about faith and life. I am also a contributing writer on faithbeyondfear.com. Follow me on Twitter @twelve2nds. If you want to contact me, write me at chipmattis@gmail.com.

2 Comments

    • twelve2nds

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ve been trying to start at the beginning with what a Christian believes, so I’m trying to keep it simple when I write about the basics. Who Jesus is is an enormous topic worthy of countless words. I’m glad you liked these few.

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