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Jesus is ____.

How would you finish that sentence?

The subject is there, and so is the verb, but what comes next? Your answer could shed light on the path to becoming who you were made to be.

In these pages, Judah Smith fills out that sentence again and again, each time further revealing the character of Jesus. He writes as if to a friend, illustrating the importance of Christ’s message to modern men and women. This is a book for new believers, for lifelong followers, and for the merely curious.

Judah Smith shows us the Jesus that somber paintings and hymns fail to capture. With passion, humor, and conviction, he shows that Jesus is life. Jesus is grace. Jesus is your friend. Jesus is a new and better way to be human.
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Author Bio

Pastor Judah Smith


Judah and Chelsea Smith are the lead pastors of the City Church in Seattle, Washington. Judah is a well-known speaker at conferences and churches around the world. His humorous yet poignant messages demystify the Bible and show people who Jesus is in their everyday life.

Prior to assuming the lead pastorate in 2009, Judah led the youth ministry of The City Church for ten years. He has authored several books and is a popular voice on Twitter (@judahsmith).

Judah and Chelsea have three children: Zion, Eliott, and Grace. Judah is an avid golfer and all-around sports fan. He believes the Seahawks are God’s favorite team and is praying for the Sonics to come back to Seattle.


My good friend Judah Smith is the real deal, and might be the best communicator on the planet. This game-changing book will inspire, challenge and jolt you towards the person of Jesus, reminding us that He in fact is true life. Judah’s passion for people and spreading the Gospel is evident throughout his writing, and I know Jesus Is _____ will be a message and movement that will transform the lives of many, and has already changed me.

–Brad Lomenick, President of Catalyst and Author of The Catalyst Leader

Who is Jesus to you? Finding the answer to this question will change your life forever. Judah Smith is on a mission to share the truth about Jesus, and if you are searching to know more, you will find it in Jesus Is _______.

–Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of and Author of Soul Detox, Clean Living in a Contaminated World

Every once in a while a book is written that does not only contain a powerful message but the author themselves is a living embodiment of the message thus making the book all the more life changing! The book you are holding in your hands is one of those. As you read through this book you will discover that Jesus Is – not at all like you thought and so much more than you imagined.

–Christine Caine; Founder of The A21 Campaign

If you truly grasp the concept of this book it will change your life. We all have questions about our faith. Judah has a gift of navigating through all the religious rhetoric and sheds light on who God is, in a way I’ve never seen before. At the end of this book I guarantee you will feel loved by your Creator.

–Jason Kennedy, E! News correspondent

For so many of us, our concept of Jesus comes from culture and tradition, not what the Bible actually says. With compelling passion and creativity, Judah helps us look through the clutter of stereotypes and connects us to who Jesus really is. The truths in this book will change your life!

–Chris Hodges, Senior Pastor, Church of the Highlands, Author of Fresh Air

Perhaps the most daunting and humbling task we have as Christians is to finish the sentence “Jesus is…” As many of us saved by his grace are aware, He is King. He is Lord. He is salvation. But to many in our world, He is most prominently..misunderstood. There is not another human being on earth that I know personally, that could tackle a book subject like this as well as Judah Smith. To Judah, Jesus is everything. And from that platform he writes this book..I eagerly await its impact in my city, NEW YORK CITY, and beyond… it’s overdue.

–Carl Lentz, Lead Pastor, Hillsong NYC

I am honoured that Judah considers me his Pastor. His understanding of who Christ is, of who he is in Christ, and his passion to see people know Jesus is contagious and well beyond his years. This is his life message – to discover the person of Christ and communicate the truth of who Jesus is. We may never know the fullness of the Son of Man this side of eternity and words may fail when we try to uncover who Jesus Is ______ – but Judah’s revelation in this book will set you on a journey of falling even more in love with the unending characteristics of the greatest man who ever lived…

— Brian Houston, Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church

I love this book because Judah Smith nails the big question of human existence. Everything else is minor compared to deciding who Jesus is, and what that means in our lives. It’s that simple.

— Miles McPherson, pastor, speaker, author of God In the Mirror: Discovering Who You Were Created to Be

Judah Smith is one of the best communicators I have ever heard. He is authentic, passionate, humorous and wise beyond his years. This book will inspire you and make you laugh at the same time. It will also challenge and encourage you. As always, with Judah it is all about Jesus.

—Nicky Gumbel, Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton & pioneer of The Alpha Course

The discussion of who Jesus would be began thousands of years before he was even born. Today, the discussion (and along with it, the confusion) continues. But in Jesus Is _____, my friend Judah Smith breaks down barriers and clears up confusion about the most influential personality the world has ever known. Whether you know, you think you know, or you have no concept who Jesus is, this book is a must-read!

—Ed Young, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Church and author of Outrageous, Contagious Joy

Judah Smith explains in such a clear and thoughtful manner who Jesus Christ is and what he means to our lives. In his book Jesus Is, Judah presents an elaborate guide to the life of Christ, his sacrifice to save mankind, and the power of His grace. The love of Christ is such a revolutionary gift which is at work all around us. Judah Smith clearly has a servant’s heart and an extensive understanding of Christ’s nature. Jesus is our savior, our friend, our mentor, and our purpose in all things. Jesus Christ is alive, and this book paints that reality in beautiful and striking language.

—Pastor Matthew Barnett, Co-founder of the Dream Center

Judah, thru explaining who Jesus is, teaches how WE as forgiven people have the supernatural strength to forgive others and live a blessed life of freedom. Why let your past failures hold you back when Jesus has already paid for them?

Judah, as a positive force, teaches what he knows, loves and believes in…Jesus. As he’ll often say “I’m a Jesus guy”.

—Ryan Good, Stylist for Justin Bieber, Producer of TV show, Punk’d

This book gives any reader—regardless of where they are in their faith walk—the inspiration to redefine and reignite a new relationship with Jesus.

— Tommy Barnett, Senior Pastor, Phoenix First and founder of the Los Angeles Dream Center

Judah Smith is a unique gift to my generation. In Jesus Is __ , he will motivate you to let go of your preconceived, limited view of Jesus so you can embrace who He really is in our lives – more real and relevant than we have ever imagined.

—Steven Furtick; Lead Pastor, Elevation Church & Author of the New York Times bestseller Greater

Judah Smith is a leader of leaders. He is a prophetic voice to our generation.

—Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker