That's an important question that can actually impact your life today.
There are two main ways to answer who Jesus is and why he is important today.
First, a good place to start is to read about what Jesus did during his life on earth and what he said about himself.
Here are some of the things he said:
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies” John 11:25
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6
What do you think Jesus meant when he talked about himself being a light, the life and the way? If you're looking for meaning, it is clear that Jesus is saying that he is offering answers.
You can read more about the life of Jesus and the context of these sayings in the gospels, found in the Bible. The gospels are the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and tell four accounts of Jesus's life.
Second, we can get to know Jesus for ourselves through personal experience. When Jesus returned to heaven, he promised to sent a helper, the Holy Spirit, to be with us and to teach us about the ways of Jesus.
When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me. John 15:26
Notice that Jesus says that the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit will teach us about Jesus. The Holy Spirit brings the words of the Bible to life and helps us to understand their meaning.
God sends us the Holy Spirit after we accept the gift of salvation Jesus offers and when ask to receive him. For example, you can pray: "Jesus, I want to know you more. I believe your work on the cross has made me right in God's sight and I want to live your way. Fill me with the Holy Spirit." This then opens the door to a way of living that is in relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit's promptings and quiet, inner voice.
I'd love to hear any questions or thoughts you have about any of this. Send me an email and I'll be happy to discuss this topic more!
We also run a course which explains more about who Jesus is called Alpha. You can register and find out more here.