FR: Dr. Dick Sleight
The most important question.
Jesus of Nazareth claimed to be God. It's that simple. A
claim like that today might have landed him in a mental
asylum. Yet, nearly 2000 years ago that claim led Jesus
to his death by crucifixion.
So why all
the fuss about an apparent lunatic who got himself
killed? Just this: the historical evidence shows
that he didn't stay dead. (As Shakespeare would say,
"ay, there's the rub.")
In May of
1980, while I was teaching at the University of
Washington, I asked this Jesus to come into my life
― or, rather, he asked me to come into his
― and he began to change me from the inside-out.
Although I'd been running from him, I discovered that
he'd been seeking me all along.
I still had
many doubts and questions, but in the years since that
decision, every intellectual argument I may have had has
been well answered. I affirm, along with my
Christian brothers and sisters around the world and
across time, that I belong to God. As the
says in its opening response:
"I am not my own, but belong with body and soul,
both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior
Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with
His precious blood, and has set me free from all the
power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a
way that without the will of my heavenly Father not
a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things
must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by
His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life
and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on
to live for Him."
I know that your education will forever be incomplete
until you make an honest investigation of the claims of
Jesus Christ. Or simply come to him with your sins which
so clearly demonstrate your need for a new life -- and
trade your old life for his. He will lift the burden of
your sins and wash their stain from your life.
It's what he does. It's what he did for me.
If you've already found new life in the One who is both
Son of David and Son of God then I happily greet you as
I am always eager to talk with you about this
all-important question. How have you answered Jesus'
question, "Who do you say that I am?"