“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him’ (John 14:6,7).”
Who are we? That answer is somewhat complicated. I suppose it depends on how you define one’s identity. Gordon Mathews in his book Global Culture/Individual Identity defines identity as “the ongoing sense the self has of who it is, as conditioned through its ongoing interaction with others”. Postmodernists according to Mathews believe we don’t have fixed identities, that they are “temporary attachments”(quoting Stuart Hall).
Who is Jesus? According to the Bible He has a fixed identity. There is nothng about who He is that is conditioned by someone or something else, nor is His identity temporary. The Gospel of John makes this clear. Jesus is God and He is eternal (John 1:1). Jesus is also is a human being who had a life on this earth (John 1:14). He is both human and divine. John the Baptist said Jesus is also “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). In other words, He is the One who sacrificed Himself to pay the debt we owed God for our rebellion against Him.
Because Jesus is who He is permanently, our identity doesn’t have to remain static. We can change because of our interaction with Him. If we receive Him, we “have the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John1:12).
The ball is in our court. Jesus has done His part and its up to us to have a relationship with Him or not. If we do, God is our Father and this makes all the difference in the world as to who we are.