Who is Jesus and why does he matter? The first part of this question is simple enough to answer. Jesus is God’s only begotten Son. He is our Lord and Savior. So here we have the simple answer to the question. But as a seminary professor once told me, we need to unpack this a little more. Yes, Jesus is all we said he is. The why he matters portion of this question is a bit stickier.
When saying Jesus is Lord and Savior, we must first understand that we need saving. We humans are disobedient to God’s law and desire for us. Yet, rather than strive for obedience, so many people today define their own life, follow their own laws and determine what sin is or what is not. But we can’t hide sin from Jesus. He points out the impact our anger, greed and lust have as we sin against God in thought, word and deed. Only when we take Jesus at his word can we begin to understand why he matters.
All people sin and fall short of God’s expectation. Only Christ has the power to forgive. If it were not for Jesus’s innocent suffering and death, there would be no grace. If it were not for his resurrection, there would be no life in God’s kingdom. Why does he matter? Without him, we have no hope.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are my Lord and Savior, for I am a sinner in need of your grace. Amen.