“This is the prime question in all of Christianity: Who is Jesus?”
Chapter 3, age 19 –
The first “C” stands for Christ.
To think about this first “C,” consider our solar system. The sun stands at the center of our solar system. All nine planets (eight, if you accept the loss of Pluto as a planet) rotate around the sun in defined orbits, held captive by the powerfully strong gravitational field of the sun. On our earth, the sun is the source of all biological and physical energy. According to our human understanding of biology, life in any form would be impossible without the sun. Our year and our day are determined by our relationship to the sun. The sun is the literal, and, for many, the figurative center of human lives.
In the same way, for many, Jesus is the literal and figurative center of the Christian religion. Yet for the first two hundred fifty years of early Christian history there was a struggle within Christianity concerning the nature of Jesus the Christ. Is He God or is He Man? Already at the end of the first century and the Apostolic Era the Apostle John (1 John 4:2-3a) recognized this struggle of trying to understand how Jesus could be both God and Man.
Here is the crux of the argument: Who is Jesus Christ; that is, is He God or is He Man? And here are the two polar opposite answers and their supporting arguments that people have come up with over the years.
If He is God, then He cannot die. Therefore, we have no sacrifice and we have no Savior, and thus, no way to deal with sin. If He is Man, then He cannot rise any higher than we can. He is not our Creator, our Advocate or our Judge. Therefore, we have no Lord and no way to achieve righteousness.
Do you see the problem? The nature of Christ has been at the center of almost every major schism in Christianity. This is the prime question in all of Christianity: Who is Jesus?