The Jesus Code: “Who is this Jesus?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 32 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “Who is this?” (Matthew 21.10).

Throughout the centuries people have been asking this question about Jesus, “Who is this?”

Some say He was a wise teacher and a great example to mankind of how to live and treat others. Even men like the Hindu activist Mahatma Gandhi have acknowledged Him in that way. Others see Him as just another one of the Prophets like Isaiah or Jeremiah. According to Hawkins:

[O]ne apologist has argued that there are only three possibilities as to Christ’s identity: He was a liar, falsely claiming to be God; He was a lunatic, bona fide crazy and delusional, out of touch with reality; or He was, in fact, who He said He was, the Son of God, Lord.

The same question was asked just days before He was crucified. Matthew 21:

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

How was it that “all the city was moved” and that people wanted to know about Jesus? Hawkins points out three prerequisites.

 

  • Experience Him

The first is for us to really experience Him and the way to do that is to listen to Him and obey Him. The author:

… one reason God moved the city that day to ask, “Who is this?” was the tremendous spirit of obedience among those who listened to Him. Jesus is still on His throne today, He is still speaking to us, and He is still commanding us to obey His commandments as set forth in His Word. When we honor Him by obeying Him, when more of His own people begin to experience Him through obedience to His Word, we will find that He is also still in the business of moving cities to ask, “Who is this?”

 

  • Extol Him

Look what was happening as Jesus entered Jerusalem that day:

And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”

Think about who might have been in the crowd that day. Lazarus whom Jesus had raised from the dead? The formerly blind Bartimaeus? The once crippled man who spent 38 years laying by the pool of Bethesda? Others whose lives had been touched by Jesus’ ministry? They had reason to praise and their joy was contagious. Hawkins goes on:

Do you and I have any less reason to extol Jesus, to shout our own hosannas today? We have seen His greatest miracle ever: His provision of new birth through His death and resurrection. We were dead in our sin until He brought us new life. Yet, sadly, some of us have lost the joyful spirit of praise—praise— and we desperately need to recover it. God will move in our cities and prompt those around us to ask, “Who is this?” when we, like those of old who have experienced Him— we who choose to obey Him— extol Him with our praise.

And finally …

 

  • Extend Him

The people who heard Jesus and whose lives were touch by Him couldn’t help but shout for joy and extend Him to others. The author:

When we do the same— when we praise Jesus for what He has done in our lives and share our stories with others— the people around us will also ask, “Who is this?” Who is this . . . who transformed your life? Who is this . . . who put your family back together? Who is this . . . who brought you peace in the midst of such tragedy? Who is this . . . who enabled you to be victorious over your addiction? Who is this . . . who gave you hope in the darkness of your circumstances? Who is this? Who is this? “This is Jesus!” You have experienced Him, so now extol Him and extend Him to others.

 

Blessings,
Donna

 

Next week’s question: “Which is the great commandment in the law?” (Matthew 22.36).

Last week’s question: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16.15). Read it here.

 

A note:

I have been pulling a few thoughts out of each chapter, but I cannot cover all the nuggets Hawkins shares in this little gem of a book. I hope these excerpts whet your appetite to purchase the book for yourself. Just click on one of the links below.

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to  get the book or HERE for Kindle.

 

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