Chapter Seven: Why Should I Trust Jesus More Than Any Other Spiritual Leader?
Because of who He is; because He is the God-man sacrificed for the sins of man. Sterrett points to the following:
Jesus claimed to be the great “I AM.”Jesus claimed equality with God the Father.
Jesus claimed to be the “Son of Man,” a Messianic term.1
The human nature of Jesus is seen in the Gospel accounts and other New Testament writings (e.g. John 19.28 and Philippians 2:6-8) and yet He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
We should not trust Jesus because we think He’s going to make life easy for us, or because we hope He’ll make us healthy and wealthy. We trust Jesus because of who He is-His deity and humanity, His atoning death on the cross, and His demonstration of love.
Jesus’ atoning death on the cross separates Him from Mohammed, Buddha, Moses, Abraham, Gandhi, and every other spiritual leader. Christ’s blood shed on the cross was the atonement for the sins of every man and woman on earth.2
Jesus understands us more than any other; loves us more than any other; and is worthy to be exalted above any other.
Stand firm in Christ,Chase
Footnotes:1. For more on Jesus’ claims to deity go here.
2. Page 123.
Forthcoming: Book highlight of Chapter Eight: Why Should I Trust Jesus in the Midst of Suffering and Death?