The following may be the most important question you will ever answer in your life: Do you feel Irish today?
Wait, that's not it! The question is ... Who is Jesus?
That's a huge question, and in reality, I believe it is the most important question you will ever answer.
It's more important than what college you will go to, who you are going to marry, what you will do for a career, what you will do in retirement, how you will serve others or even what you will eat for breakfast, brunch or lunch today at Richmaid or Avenue Grill (don't forget the corned beef!).
The reason this question is so important, not just to the thousands here in Lodi walking "The Story" journey, is that it has to do with your identity. Who are you? Whose are you? To whom are you connected?
It also has to do with your direction in life. What are your goals? What are your dreams? The answer to those questions also determines your purpose in life.
So there are lots of things wrapped up in this very question and our answer: "Who is Jesus?"
"Is Jesus Christ Lord, liar or lunatic? Is Jesus God? Is Jesus the Savior?" That's actually a quote from theologian and author C.S. Lewis.
The Bible shares that Jesus was 100 percent man and 100 percent God. The Word of God teaches that there is only one way to Heaven, and that is through the love and blood of Jesus.
Who is Jesus? He is the Son of God and Savior of the world. He is also the one who rode into the Holy City, Jerusalem, on a simple donkey, as many churches will recognize tomorrow on Palm Sunday. Jesus is the one with full knowledge that He would eat the last supper with His friends and even with a traitor at the table. Jesus is the one who suffered a horrible death on the cross for you and for me so that we could live.
I was blessed to grow up with the knowledge I have just shared. I grew up in Detroit within a Christian home. I attended a Catholic school from first through 12th grade and went to Mass six days a week.
No matter how often I went to school or Mass, that was not what going to get me into the mindset of fully knowing who Jesus is. Over my many years of living and in service to the Savior, Jesus, I have found that knowing Jesus is knowing His love. Jesus is love.
If you do not know Jesus or have lapsed in your connection to Him, I invite you to learn more about Him at one of "The Story" churches (Emanuel Lutheran, First Baptist, Ham Lane Church of Christ, Temple Baptist or Vinewood Community Church) in Lodi. There is no better time to get connected and find the answer for yourself: "Who Is Jesus?"
Chris Townsend is lead pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Lodi.