The Mustard Seed
December 2007

Lutheran Student Fellowship

Bible Study
Every Thursday 3:30 pm
Ely 118

1st Sunday of each month
2:00 PM in the SUB Chapel

Everyone is welcome!

"Prove it!"
(Part 1)
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Jesus asked his disciples: "Who do people say that I am?"

His disciples responded with a list of titles, all variations of the same theme:  "They say that you are a great prophet."  So what!?  The history of world religions is littered with an uncountable number of "great prophets."

Jesus then asks the critical question:  "But who do YOU say that I am?"

Cambridge University professor and avowed agnostic, C. S. Lewis, loved to sit in the pub and debate myth and religion with his friend, J. R. R. Tolkein.  Tolkein was a Christian, but Lewis could not accept Jesus' claims to be God and Savior.  Eventually the weight of the evidence overpowered Lewis' skepticism.  To remain an unbeliever would have been intellectually dishonest. Later Lewis presented the evidence in his book, Mere Christianity.  He 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 -- one 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."

Either Jesus is God and humanity's eternal Savior, or He isn't.  If He isn't, then what do we do with His claim to be our God and Savior?   "It's simple," you may say.  "Jesus was wrong."

Okay. If Jesus was wrong, did He deliberately lie?   ...in which case He does not qualify as a "good moral teacher."  To knowingly make such a false claim and deceive millions of people by offering false hope is neither good nor moral.  It would, in fact, be evil.  But if you carefully study what Jesus taught and all that He stood for, you find nothing that can be accurately characterized as "evil."

On the other hand, did Jesus sincerely believe that He was God in the flesh and Savior for all humanity, but was simply mistaken?  Again, He would not qualify for the title "good moral teacher."   Rather, He would be a crazy man that needed to be locked up!  But if you carefully study what Jesus taught and all that He stood for, you find nothing that shows the instability of a crazy man.

Not a liar?  Not crazy?  Then we have only one option left:  Jesus was and is whom He claimed to be.  And each of us are faced with the avoidable decision that Tolkein posed to Lewis:  What will you do with Jesus?
~~Pastor Ron

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