During this time of year, we hear a lot about the one called Jesus Christ.
During the Easter season, Jesus is highlighted more by churches than at any other time of year other than maybe Christmas. Many in this country know little about him outside the fact that he was a person of history.
Jesus himself, while on Earth, asked his own followers, in Mark 8:27, “Who do men say that I am?” Their answer was that people had varied opinions of who he was. Then, he asked his followers who they thought he was, and Peter said, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.”
The fact is, we all have an opinion of who he was and who he is. Some think he was just that historical person who lived and died — and so what? Others think that he was an impostor who gathered around him people who were gullible. Others acknowledge that he made a positive difference in the world and taught some valuable principles, but that was the extent of it.
So what difference does it make what we believe about him? Jesus himself taught that he alone is the way to God the father and that his purpose in coming to Earth was to die for the sins of the whole world. He taught that anyone who accepted him would receive eternal life, while those who rejected him would be condemned. So our decision to follow him or to reject him does matter a lot.
The good news is that the invitation to become one of his followers is open to all of us, and if we come to him with sincerity, no matter who we are or what we have done, he will forgive us and give us eternal life.