Session 5: Is Jesus Really God?

Watch the video above then discuss as a group:

1. Was Jesus a historical figure, in your opinion? Why or why not?

2. Read Mark 14:61-62. What is Jesus' response to the high priest?

61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

3. Read Matthew 16:13-16. How does Peter respond to Jesus' question? How would you respond to this question?

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Watch the video above then discuss as a group:

4. “Religion says ‘I do, therefore I’m loved.’ Jesus says, ‘You’re loved, therefore you do’”? In your own words, what do you think he means?

5. Christians believe that sin separates humanity from God. Yet Jesus, through his death, bridges that gap. Why do you think Jesus had to die in order to accomplish this?

6. What would it take for you to leave everything behind for something you believe in? So much that you would leave the comforts of your home, the location you grew up, your job, your family, etc.?

It’s fashionable to suggest that Jesus was a good teacher, a man with an important message of love, and that’s all. He wasn’t God; that’s impossible. However, the problem with that perspective is that he claimed to be God. (In John 10:30, Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.”) Consequently, in C. S. Lewis’s words, Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. Furthermore, assuming that he lived, he also predicted his death and resurrection. Then hundreds of witnesses claimed he fulfilled that prediction and indeed rose from the dead. What do we do with that?

In Mark 8:29, Jesus asks Peter a heavy question. “‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah.’” Based on the evidence you’ve heard, who do you say Jesus is?

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