“Seven Answers To The Question ‘Who Do You Say Jesus Is?’ All In One Chapter”

John Chapter One is amazing. It’s a chapter to read again and again and in which to always find something new. I had read it many times before coming across this list in a book somewhere. Now I can’t read this chapter without thinking of these seven titles for Jesus.

Seven Titles For Jesus In John Chapter 1

(1) “The Word” John 1:1

(2) “The Light” John 1:7-9

(3) “The Son Of God” John 1:18, 24, 49

(4) “The Lamb Of God” John 1:29, 36

(5) “Rabbi (Master, Teacher)” John 1:38, 49

(6) “The Messiah, The Christ” John 1:41

(7) “The King Of Israel” John 1:49

They also tie in nicely to the purpose of John’s Gospel.

Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:30-31 (KJV)

If I had to pick just two of the seven that were most essential, it would have to be “The Messiah, The Christ” and “The Son Of God” as these match John’s purpose in writing his Gospel and as a echo to Peter’s confession when questioned by Jesus, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13-20)

Still, I think that the entire list of seven is important because together they present a more full picture of who Jesus is. For examples, if we only focus on “The Word” we have the intangible while “The Lamb Of God” is very tangible and if we only focus on “Rabbi (Master, Teacher)” we see the earthly while “The Light” is spiritual.

There have been many studies done on this chapter and these seven titles, and I encourage you to explore them further. The information is too vast to fit into a single post, and it’s much more meaningful when the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to you though God’s Written Word. (Not that I’m trying to dodge an opportunity to do a series of posts within a series of posts, but I don’t want to lose my focus – like I did earlier this week – as I’m working through “The Five BIG Questions” for the first time!)

“The BIG Five!”

Part of this “REBOOT” has been to examine the questions that I’ve been using, and it occurred to me that it just really might be a good idea to take a look at the questions that Jesus asked. (I know, brilliant, right?!?) As a result, I’ve put together five questions that I want to use to guide what I present here. These are similar to goals in that respect.

And who is better than Laura Wilson to present a list of questions?!? (Hopefully you realize there’s a touch of satire here in the suggestion that Laura’s Summertime Fruit Salad” is more important than her Bible Study List! So 1950’s, right?!?)

I can’t really say that these are “The Best” of all the questions Jesus asked, just that they are the ones that resonate most with me. My encouragement to you is to seriously try making your own list, even if Bible study is not one of your favorite things. You will have your own “The Best” which may even change over time.

Here’s maybe the easiest Bible studies that you’ll ever do! Just pick one of the gospels. Look for question marks. (You don’t even need to read the words yet! Just look for the question marks!) Read the question. If Jesus is asking it, you’ve got one! You don’t even need to know the context most of the time. The questions are that good.

Yes, that’s a lot like “cheating” on Bible study, but seriously it’s not a bad way to get started, particularly if it’s something that you don’t particularly like to do or even dread doing. I’m almost positively sure you’ll find a question that speaks to you in a deep and personal way, and then you’ll want to read more rather than feeling like you have to read more.

My personal favorite right now that I’ve been thinking about off and on throughout the day is the last one: “Do you understand what I have done for you?” John 13:1-17 is the context, but the actual question occurs in verse 12. This question can touch all people in all situations anywhere in the world. That is a truly BIG question!

Finally, as a quick follow up to yesterday’s post, you know I’m thinking through Laura’s comic strip. You may notice some subtle differences today that I’m trying out. Yesterday I read two different posts from two different authors here at WordPress that made me think. Really think. They really helped give me some additional direction.

The posts were about women and Bible study. These made me think how ridiculous it would be for Laura to present a wonderful Bible-based list, then urge others to make their own list, but to FIRST send off for her exciting recipe. Like making an “Exciting Summertime Fruit Salad” is more important and more appropriate for a woman than studying the Bible! (If you’re thinking “That is so 1950’s, I think you’re right!”)

Anyway, here are the two posts, and I highly recommend both sites!

Theology Is For Girls” from “Christians In Motion” (So get moving! There are some great videos there too!)

Beth Moore Is Not The Boogeyman” from “Meeting God In The Margin” (This is a great blog title too. You’ll need to go there to find out why!)