Imagine sitting in a room and a random person in the room claims to be the President of the United States. Now, you clearly know this person who claims to be the President of the United States is not the President of the United States. And it’s not just you – everyone in the room knows this person is not the President of the United States, no matter what he or she claims.
As the scenario continues to unfold, it becomes clear to everyone in the room that this person who is claims to be the President of the United States but is most definitively not the President of the United States genuinely believes his or her claims to be the President of the United States.
And everyone in the room knows that just because the person genuinely believes the claim does not make it any more or less true. No matter what this person believes, he or she is not the President of the United States. In fact, most everyone else in the room might even conclude there’s something a little “off” with that person.
Shift gears and rewind to the 1st century when Jesus was alive. Most people acknowledged Jesus was a good teacher and some even said he was a prophet – but Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. When making this claim, did Jesus really believe he was the Son of God? If he believed he was the Son of God, was he just plain crazy or is it possible his claim was true?
In part 2 – It’s Plain Crazy (which was really scheduled to be part 1 but weather had other ideas) – of CCC’s No Foolin’ series, Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem on what has become known as Palm Sunday served as a launching point to examine these very types of questions.
Take a few minutes to read Matthew 21:1-11 and the next step of considering the following questions about whether Jesus was crazy or if his claim was true.
- What are some things you know about the day known as Palm Sunday?
- Why do you think it might also be called “Jesus’ Triumphant Entry”?
- How might Jesus entering Jerusalem the way he did be considered a claim to be the Son of God?
- Why do you think the people celebrated Jesus as he entered Jerusalem?
- What do you think it means for the crowd to be in an uproar?
- The people knew it was Jesus so why would they ask, “Who is this”?
- If Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, do you think he really believed it? What did he do or say that makes you think the way you do?
- What is the difference between someone in a mental institution claiming to be the Son of God and Jesus making that claim?
- If Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, why is answering the question, “Who is this?” about him so critical?
- What are the implications for the Christian faith if Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God is not true?
- What are the implications if Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God is true? What are the implications for your life if Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God is true?
- What next steps will you take to ask & answer “who is this” in relationship to Jesus?
The question, “Who is this?” about Jesus is a great question, but it’s more than just a great question. It’s a question with huge implications for what followers of Jesus believe. If Jesus is not the Son of God as he claimed, everything followers of Jesus believe crumbles. If Jesus is indeed the Son of God as he claimed, it changes everything for every person in every way.
The question “Who is this?” about Jesus is a great question – and it’s a question each and every person needs to ask and answer.
Today is Monday – make it a day where you ask and answer, “Who is this?” about Jesus!