Many times in the course of witnessing to someone they will say “I believe in Jesus.” Yet, Jesus says, “who do you say that I am?” You see it is one thing to believe in Jesus, it is another to believe in the Jesus of the Bible who is fully God and fully man who came from Heaven, lived a perfect life, died on the cross and rose from the dead to defeat sin and death. Is that the Jesus they are referring to when they say “I believe in Jesus?”
Or, are they referring to some Jesus who is the brother of the devil, is the incarnation of an angel, a prophet, or just a good teacher? I know many people named John. Some of you might know one or two of them. If speaking about a particular John you happen to know him, then we both know the same person. But what if I know John Jones and you know John Doe. Then when we are both referring to John we are speaking of completely different people.
Take another example. Perhaps I make a coke bottle into an idol. I call it Jesus. I take it with me every place I go. I bow down to it. I worship it. I hold it in high esteem. I tell people it has taught me many good things. Would this “Jesus” Coke bottle be able to save me? No! Of course not. That is ridiculous.
The same may be true when speaking about Jesus. Religions have two things in common that separate them from Christianity. They replace grace with work and they remove the Deity of Jesus! Thus subtle lies may not seem like much. But they may just be the difference in eternal life in Heaven or Hell.
Jesus had some very harsh words for those that thought they knew Him and don’t. Let’s not let anyone we know hear these words because we failed to tell them about the true Jesus.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
So as you go and tell people about Jesus, make sure we are crystal clear about which Jesus we are talking about. Use the Who Do You Say That I Am tract to tell them!