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.

16 thoughts on “Who is Jesus? pt 2

    1. 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.

  1. It is so good to pause and cover this deep yet simple question! It’s everything really. Without a firm answer, our faith is meaningless. Jesus is fully God, and fully man. God’s only Son who lived a sunless life and because of His great love and mercy, died a sinners death for my sins. And yours. He raised again and is interceding for us in heaven, preparing it for us in eternity. Who is Jesus? Jesus is God, Savior, Love and everything we need.

    1. You’re so right! I definitely need to take a pause and think about who Jesus is. After all, how I answer that has profound meaning for the rest of my life. Thanks for your comments!

  2. Great post Chip. Your bold statements are spot on to living a life worthy of Christ. I really learned about “your life is one big interview” on the mission field because the locals watched everything we did. So I became more aware of my actions. And being able to answer Who is Jesus” in my life keeps me focused and moving forward. Thanks

    PS the answer for the train question is blue. Lol, thanks for throwing in the humor.

    1. Haha! I hadn’t thought of blue. I was thinking it was X squared.
      In any case, thanks for your comments. Your experience must have been so eye opening! To have to live so consistently on the mission field-that’s a lot of pressure. Good work, Yvonne!

  3. I love this idea of our whole life being an interview and how we answer the question “what is most important to me” every day of our lives. This post really made me sit back and think about my day today and my recent days. How am I answering these questions?

    Also, I really enjoyed your Who is Jesus part 1. This is a great second part. The sentence, “He did nothing because he was looking for advancement” really hit me. Interesting thought. 1 because Jesus modeled humility perfectly. He did nothing from selfish ambition. He lowered himself to nothing. But also 2 because you can’t advance higher than God, can you? So that got me thinking, Jesus knew who he was and because he knew who he was, he had no need to do things for self advancement. I wonder if that mindset (knowing who we are in Christ) is key to not walking in selfish ambition. Just the thoughts you got started. 🙂

    1. Excellent thoughts, Stephanie! You should totally write something about that! You’re right-I cannot “advance” any higher than child of God. What else could be better? To start from a place of knowing my identity in Christ means that the trajectory of my life aims toward living that out. It’s not a works-based earning of my place, but a profound love for my savior that I have a place at all.

  4. Jesus is my Lord. He is my Guide. He is my all in all. Knowing that Jesus is the One I worship determines my next steps in my life. I love the questions you ask, Chip. Specifically, “What is most important to me?” As I make the bold statement that Jesus is my Lord, I can then determine what is important to Him; for what is important to Him, must be the same for me. It is easy to get this off track in my daily life. Others place demands on me that I would normally never place on myself. When I give into these demands, I have suddenly shifted to making them Lord instead of Jesus. Then I am left frustrated, drained and angry. Your post is helpful to getting me back on track. Thank you!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Marcie. I absolutely agree. We have to decide what our priorities are. And if we believe Jesus is Lord, there’s really no higher priority than following him is there?

  5. Oh, how I love this article, Chip. Such a great illustration of interviews and asking ourselves, Who is Jesus?

    I laughed out loud at your last potential interview question about the trains. It made me think of those horrid word problems in math class that most everyone hated. Ha ha!

    In John 14 passage, something struck a cord with me. Jesus said after all this time, “and you still do not know me?” There’s an inside secret with my husband and me. He will offer me a soft mint or peppermint patty, and I always say, “do you not know me at all after over 30 years?” 🙂 Because while I like hard peppermint candies, I do not like chocolate with peppermint or the soft mints. Yuck!

    So it stands to reason that it IS the most important question we can ask ourselves. One of my ministry mission statements is this, “Knowing Jesus more and making Him known.” I won’t do a very good job of making Christ known if I don’t first know who He is to begin with. No matter how many years I’ve claimed to be a follower. It’s a daily living it out as you so powerfully said.

    1. You’re so right, Karen. What a great mission you have for your ministry. Those are crucial to becoming who we were meant to be. Actually, they’re a great mirror for seeing who we actually are. I think the way we live reflects how we actually answer those questions more than the words we say. Sobering but true. Thanks for commenting!

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