YOU MUST CHOOSE: 1, 2, OR 3?

MUSINGS – July 28 2018

YOU MUST CHOOSE: 1, 2, OR 3?

John 7:3-13
“So Jesus’ brothers told him, “Leave this place, and go to Judea so that your disciples can see the things that you’re doing. No one does things secretly when he wants to be known publicly. If you do these things, you should let the world see you.” Even his brothers didn’t believe in him.

Jesus told them, “Now is not the right time for me to go. Any time is right for you. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I say that what everyone does is evil. Go to the festival. I’m not going to this festival right now. Now is not the right time for me to go.”

After saying this, Jesus stayed in Galilee. But after his brothers had gone to the festival, Jesus went. He didn’t go publicly but secretly. The Jews were looking for Jesus in the crowd at the festival. They kept asking, “Where is that man?” The crowds argued about Jesus. Some people said, “He’s a good man,” while others said, “No he isn’t. He deceives the people.” Yet, no one would talk openly about him because they were afraid of the Jews.”

Wow, talk about intrigue! Jesus the undercover Messiah. Going secretly to the festival to find out what the people were saying.

2000 years later and people still don’t know what to make of him. Messiah, prophet, good man, deceiver, or megalomaniac?

C.S. Lewis wrote, “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. 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 with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. . . . Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.” (Mere Christianity, 55-56).

I’ve accepted that he was and is who get claimed to be. And more importantly he’s proven himself over and over to me.

Who do you say he is?

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