Who is this Jesus that was just celebrated the world over?
A prophet? A "good man"? Or, is he the God incarnate as he claimed?
Answering this for ourselves is the single greatest question we will ever face.
If Christ was only a prophet or just a man - merely good, or otherwise - then all of the Bible is a lie, and he is reduced to the worst of all liars. It is impossible for Him to be a "good man" if he was lying about his identity and his purpose for coming to Earth.
Society would have us avoid having to grapple with the obvious conundrum that accompanies the conclusion that Christ was good, but not God. In fact, society doesn't want us to think about him at all.
But in choosing to ignore his words and his claims - deciding not to think about him and to not make a personal decision about his identity - is a decision in and of itself. No decision is a decision.
Where are you in the process? And, how are you helping your children grapple with the question of Christ?
Are you so busy filling their lives with activities and noise that you are failing to help them address what is really important in life? If so, make it your top priority to make faith the foundation of your family life.
How to Save Your Family From Avoiding the Greatest Question
It is every parent's responsibility to not only share their own faith with their children, but to help their children in facing the big question of life.
The space allotted for this column is much too short to cover all the great theological questions, but allow me to provide a starting point:
Read the book of Romans together as a family. Paul's central purpose in writing the book is to explain how God has made a way for us to become His children - forgiven and accepted through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ.
One particular great study Bible that helps the reader develop a better understandng of God is the Discover God Study Bible. Originally envisioned by the late Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ, and completed after his death, this relational stuy bible is published by Tyndale. It's introduction of Romans explains: "Paul writes this letter to lay out the essentials of the Good News that is found in Jesus the Messiah, who fulfilled all of God's previous plans and promises. Specifically, Paul explains how God can make broken, sinful people holy, changing them by faith, through grace, so that they are in right standing with Him. Simply put, Paul's letter to the Romans is a guidebook to salvation."
The Discover God Study Bible features the New Living Translation, which consists of an easy to understand "language" that is at the same time, true to the meaning of the original texts. Here are but two powerful examples:
The first is found in Romans 8, starting in verse 3:
...God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
And, the second example is Romans 8:15-19:
Yes, the Gospel really is the Good News - in fact, the best news the world will ever hear.
Make it a point to listen, and to help your children listen too.