What is the most important question someone has ever asked you? As you ponder this
question, let me introduce you to what many, including myself, believe to be one of the most
important questions ever asked. Who do you say I am? So, who asked this question, you ask?
And why is it so important? Well for that I encourage you to keep on reading.
How you answer a question like this will often show you something of what you understand or
know of the one asking the question. Take for example you were out shopping and as you turn
the aisle you see that famous actor you have admired from afar, or that famous athlete you
love to watch on T.V. If that person said to you…. who do you say I am? You would either
stutter your words or blurt out…. aren’t you that famous so and so, I know who you are…. and I
really like your…or admire your talent etc…. The answer to the question would instantaneously
be on your lips, wouldn’t it be?
Let me push this a tad farther, now what if I were to tell you that this was the very question
Jesus of Nazareth asked his disciplines (those that followed him while he lived) so many years
ago in the Gospel of Mark chapter 8 verse 29 while they walked along the road one day. Does
this surprise you at all and make you wonder who is this Jesus anyway?
So, who is Jesus? For some, Jesus was a healer or a great prophet perhaps. For others he was a
great teacher and for others he was viewed as a person that did things that were not allowed,
like eating with tax collectors and sinners. But let’s go back to you and me though, who do we
say he is? Who is Jesus to you?
To help answer this question fully and completely, we will need to look at God’s Word, the Bible
together. This is where the actual account of Jesus’s birth, his life, his death and his
resurrection are recorded. Christianity Explored is a program that strives to answer this very
question by working through the Gospel or Mark which is one of the books of the Bible. This a
program that is offered here at Trinity Canadian Reformed Church and is open to anyone,
skeptics, those curious about Christianity, those that once went to church, those that had a
falling away from church and for those that attend a church today.
The program starts by asking another question. What’s the best news you’ve ever heard? Was it
surprising? Did it change the way you think? Or was it something you wanted to be true but
didn’t dare hope? Christianity Explored is a way of sharing in a relational way the best news
ever heard, and gives people space and time to think about the big questions of life. Over 7
sessions using the Gospel of Mark, you will find out more about the life of the person at the
heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ.
Many are still sadly blind to who Jesus is today or don’t have a clear understanding of who
Jesus is and what he did. In the book of Matthew chapter 20 there is an account of Jesus
healing two blind men.
29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind
men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they
shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder,
“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received
their sight and followed him.
An amazing outcome is recorded here. Perhaps you are thinking of two blind men who now
can see. But I want you to look with me at vs. 34 again, “they received their sight and followed
Seeing Jesus for who he really is, Son of God, Saviour and Redeemer and the Good Shepherd,
has a profound impact on how you live your life. For these two men, it meant receiving their
sight and following him.
If you made it this far, thank you for sticking it out. If you are interested in knowing more, I
would encourage you to attend one of our upcoming Christianity Explored programs or better
yet pick up a Bible and turn to the Gospel of Mark and read for yourself who Jesus says he is
and what that might mean for you now that you have started hear the Good News!
Christianity Explored – Program Details
The 7 sessions of Christianity Explored, include; starting with
Session 1 the Good News, Session 2 Identity, Session 3 Sin, Session 4 The Cross, Session 5 Resurrection, Session 6 Grace and Session 7 Come and Die. Each session includes a portion of reading, listening and discovering.
Typically, the sessions last only one and half hours, as we know your time is important. And
there is lots of time to ask and speak with the leaders of the program before and/or after each
Upcoming Program date and time – stay tuned for more information or have a look under the
events section of our website at https://trinitycanrc.org/churchevents/
~a follower in Christ