Was Jesus God? (The Big Question 14)
Aug 14, 2018 754
There’s plenty of people today who question who Jesus was. That’s nothing new. Back in his day, the most frequent question asked about Jesus was, literally, “Who is this guy?”
Like today, back then there were plenty of people who needed to be able to put Jesus in a box, into a category that they could understand. Because, let’s face it, that’s how we deal with the world, isn’t it?
They couldn’t say Jesus was just a normal guy, because he clearly wasn’t. Was he just a teacher? A wise man? A prophet? While he seemed to be all of these things, he also seemed to be so much more!
Today, there’s many people who are prepared to accept Jesus as a good man and a wise teacher, alongside other wise men of history, but the issue is that Jesus claimed to be God.
Well, what if you can’t find a good reason why someone can’t be God, and what if their being God is the only explanation?
Think about what Jesus claimed about himself:
- He claimed to be one with God, and the only way to God.
- He claimed that all authority in heaven and earth had been given to him.
- He claimed to be able to forgive all sin.
- He claimed that he would be killed and that he would rise again.
- He claimed that he would return in glory, and that he would judge the world.
These things are only things that God can do. You can’t claim those things unless they’re either true, or you’re a lunatic.
The problem with Jesus is that his claims matched his actions. And his legacy of good matched his claims as well. You can’t say that about lunatics.
And so, if Jesus was no lunatic, what do you do with him?
I know where I stand. Do you?
– Eliezer Gonzalez