When someone mentions Jesus, what comes to mind? Religious revolutionary? Social justice warrior? Ethical teacher? Failed Zionist leader? Founder of a yet another world religion? Who is this Jesus? For many it is a caricature, influenced by pictures you have seen or by clichés which permeate our cultural ideas of “the historical Jesus.” Or perhaps you remember him from a collection of anecdotes or parables you heard as a child in some Sunday School.
Jesus’ own disciples struggled to understand who he was and what he came to do. From time to time glimpses shined through their own preconceived notions of Him. In a poignant moment, as they were crossing the Sea of Galilee, a furious squall sprang up and threatened to sink their small fishing boat. Half of Jesus’ disciples grew up on these tempestuous waters, fishing with their families from their childhood. Yet even they were convinced that they would not survive the trip. They woke Jesus, who was asleep in the back of the boat. They did not ask him to save them – for what miracle working teacher was a match for a force-ten gale? They only asked, “don’t you care that we are about to die?” Jesus stood up in the boat and with a word, brought the waters from tempest to mirror. These seasoned seamen were almost speechless. The only thing they could say of Jesus was, “who is this?” They perceived there was much more to Jesus than even their imaginations could anticipate.
Who is Jesus? The accounts of him at the end of the gospel of John are really very unexpected. As he faces an unjust arrest, trial, and execution, we seem him not as a failed revolutionary swept up in the unstoppable tide of Roman tyranny and religious jealousy. What we see is that Jesus is the one in complete control of everything that transpires. He told his disciples, “no one takes my life from me. I lay it down and I will take it up again.”
Think you know who Jesus is? Come and find out as we walk through the final days of Jesus’ earthly life, from John 18-21. Join us this Lord’s Day, March 18, as we examine John 18 and consider just who Jesus is and what he came to do. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.