Every Christian has their story of how they found Christ, and how they understood who He is. This session is all about examining who Jesus is and what did He claim about Himself?

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‘There was about this time Jesus, a doer of wonderful works.’

The first-century Jewish historian Josephus wrote this, about Jesus. And he then goes on to talk about the crucifixion of Jesus and his alleged resurrection.

In the variety and fullness of the evidence on which it rests, the text of the New Testament stands absolutely and unapproachably alone amongst ancient prose writings

— One of the greatest ever textual critics, F. J. A. Hort, and no secular historian would disagree with this.

What did Jesus say about Himself?

Jesus said: ‘I am the bread of life.’ ‘If you want that hunger satisfied, come to me.’

- John 6:35

There’s stuff in our lives that we don’t like. I have stuff in my life I don’t like. I have things, habits that I find quite addictive. Jesus said: ‘If the Son sets you free,’ if Jesus... He was saying: ‘If I set you free, you really will be free.’

- John 8:36

Then there’s all the stuff we carry around: worry, anxiety, fear, guilt. Jesus said: ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I’ll give you rest.’

- Matthew 11:28

‘A Christian is someone who forgives the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in us.’

— C.S.Lewis

‘I and the Father are one.’ A claim tantamount to a claim to be God was blasphemy in the eyes of the people at the time, and they picked up stones to stone him. Jesus said: ‘I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?’ ‘We’re not stoning you for any of these,’ they replied, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere human being, claim to be God.’

John 10:30-33

‘A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He’d either be insane or else he’d be the devil of hell. You must make your choice: either this man was and is the Son of God, or else insane or something worse. But let’s not come up with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.’

— C.S.Lewis

What evidence is there to support His claims?

The teaching of Jesus is widely acknowledged to be the greatest teaching of all time. ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ ‘Do to other people as you would have them do to you.’ And then this, totally revolutionary, the first person to say this: ‘Love your enemy.’

- Mark 12:31, Luke 6:31, Matthew 5:44

Time Magazine described Jesus as ‘the most persistent symbol of purity, selflessness and love in the history of humanity’.

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