Jesus – Who Is He?
I don’t make any apologies for being a Christian. If this offends you, then you may not want to read this article.
Many claim God doesn’t exist. Very few claim Jesus never existed. He is a historical figure who walked the earth two thousand years ago. Several questions remain. Who is He? What did He do? And should you believe Him?
Some people say He was a Good Teacher. In fact, most religions claim this. Others say He was a deceiver. Christians say He is God and became one of us to take our place and die for our sins. And of course, the story doesn’t end there…
The truth is, He is either is who He says He is…or He’s a liar…or just outright crazy.
He said He was God (John 8:58, John 10:30). He forgave people’s sins (Mark 2:5-10). He even allowed people to worship Him (John 9:38, John 2:28, Matthew 9:18, Matthew 15:25).
He also claimed there is no other way to God except through Him.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Wow…He sure doesn’t get along well with any other religions. In fact, He was crucified for His claims of divinity.
If He is supposed to be a good teacher, He didn’t do a very good job. His 12 disciples ran. His own people, His students, called for His death because of His claims.
They tried to stone Him for His claims John 10:33. They put Him to death for His claims (John 19:7).
If your purpose is to teach your people, and they kill you, you didn’t do a very good job. His purpose was much higher than just a teacher. He was to take the place of the sins of all humanity. Then He opened the door for us to have a relationship with God.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosover believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
If His statements about Himself were not true, then He is crazy and a liar. He caused the death of Himself and His followers for His beliefs about His divinity. Why would you call someone a Good Teacher who deserves to be locked up in an insane asylum?
Some might say, “Well, those Bible records about what He said aren’t accurate.”
So the question is, if the Bible isn’t accurate, why would you believe any of it? Once someone has proven themself as a habitual liar, I have trouble believing anything they say. That doesn’t make any sense.
Some other time I’ll cover the outright proof about the accuracy of the Bible…it may surprise you!
It simply doesn’t make any sense to say it’s full of errors, but Jesus was a good teacher. If it’s full of errors, how would you ever know what He taught?Â You couldn’t.Â And He obviously wasn’t a good teacher because He was killed by His own audience.
C.S. Lewis, the author of Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, said this in his book, Mere Christianity…
“You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
I agree…nothing is worse than simply calling Jesus a Good Teacher. Either accept what He said about Himself…or call Him a liar.
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