Published On: Fri, Feb 9th, 2018

Just Who IS Jesus?

Sunset at the Lorelei Restaurant in Islamorada

By Pastor Jason Hatley

When is the last time you considered the question, “Who is Jesus?”

Even if you don’t go to church or believe in God, I would guess that many of us have wondered about Jesus all of our lives. Who is he really?   

If the answer to that question doesn’t come as easily as you would like, don’t worry. Most people, even many Christians, might not know exactly how to answer them. In fact, we tend to have more questions than answers when it comes to Jesus. Think about it…

Jesus is the most influential and important person to ever live. Billions follow him all around the world. But it’s not just church-goers who are fasicinted with him. He’s the subject of movies and Broadway shows. His picture is on everything from t-shirts to Time magazine. His words are written in ink on our bodies, and in stone on our universities and government buildings. Jesus appears in Kanye songs, and country songs. And in the coming weeks leading up to Easter, news channels will do in-depth documentaries of his life, words, and whether or not he’s a liar or Lord.

We are fascinated by Jesus… but we don’t know what to make of him, either. Even the people in Jesus’ day didn’t know what to make him.  Jesus once asked his followers, “Who do people say that I am?”  And the answers were a mixed bag of “some say this and some say that”!  Not much has changed in 2,000 years.

But then Jesus asked more pointed question: “Who do YOU say that I am?” (emphasis mine). And that’s the question that still resonates today, and that every person must ultimately answer.

As we approach the start of Lent on Wednesday, February 14 and Easter Sunday, on April 1, you will hear scientists, scholars, pastors and priests give their answers. But the most important answer to that question is your answer.

And if you’re interested in exploring the answer to that question in a casual, contemporary environment, then you’re invited to The Journey Church Sundays, February 11 – March 25 to a new teaching series called THIS IS JESUS.  Examine the evidence, expand your understanding, investigate the historical facts, and answer the question for yourself: Who is Jesus?

Jason Hatley is the lead pastor of The Journey Church in Boca Raton.  The Journey meets at Grandview Preparatory School (Spanish River Blvd near I-95) each Sunday at 9:30am and 11:00am, and will celebrate the Grand Opening of their brand-new building in Boca Raton in Spring 2018.   For more, visit  Jason is the author of two books and served for ten years as a pastor in New York City before moving to South Florida.  Each person who attends The Journey Church this Sunday will receive a free copy of The Jesus Film (the most watched movie of all time).

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  1. Dave says:

    The Boca Raton Tribune is a religious paper? Shame.

  2. Michael says:

    The online contributor is a pastor, and his inclusion by the News Paper is something that should be received with praise. The message here has no exclusionary premise, questions no other’s faith, and actually makes it a point to proffer self reflection. If from reading that your left with a bitter taste in your mouth I think its the self reflection this piece invoked, and not the paper’s admirable inclusion of a reader and contributor of faith.

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