January 18th – Who is this Jesus?



“Don’t confuse me with facts. My mind is already made up”. That’s a marvellously apposite motto for our modern world when it comes to the really big question of life. For example, the huge question, on which everyone must make up his or her mind is: Who is Jesus? Most educated, rational people say things like ‘He was the world’s greatest teacher’, or ‘the greatest psychologist’, or ‘He was a good man’ – even a superstar amongst men.The facts contradict this.The claims of Jesus of Nazareth are frankly outrageous!
He made himself equal with God (that’s why the devout crucified him!).
He said things only God has the right to say.
He did things only God has the power to do.
He claimed to be something which no good man would ever claim.
If someone said to me ‘I am Napoleon’, or ‘I am the Virgin Mary’, I’d ring for an ambulance and men with white coats.They would need help. But Jesus’s claims were so outrageous that no good, wise man could possibly have made them. C.S.Lewis wrote something like this:
“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 a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the devil wearing make-up. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse … and let’s not come up with any patronising nonsense about him being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
There you have it! Who is Jesus? a madman? a badman? or …..what if He were telling the whole staggering truth?
Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father.For which of these do you stone me?”
“We are not stoning you for any of these”, replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” John 10: 31-33
A prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God, the Messiah, the very image of the Father creator. You are my Lord.
Now read all of John Chapter 10.

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