Last week, I talked about the reliability of Scripture.
Once we understand that the words have been accurately transmitted, there can be no doubt that Jesus made a bold claim. He said that he was the Son of God. He claimed to have pre-existed all of mankind. He made himself equal to God.
Therefore, there are only 3 ways to interpret his claim. He is either:
- LORD – He was the Son of God, and knew he was the Son of God
- LIAR – He was not the Son of God, and knew he was not the Son of God
- LUNATIC – He was not the Son of God, but honestly thought he was the Son of God
As CS Lewis described in his book “Mere Christianity”…
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.
Thanks for listening.