But who do you say that I am?
– Matt. 16.15
I would argue that this is one of the most important questions that we all must answer in life. Who do you believe Jesus to be?
In his book, “More Than a Carpenter”, Josh McDowell makes the very pointed argument that we must decide who Jesus is. He demands a response. Many people, not wanting to have their lives affected by Christianity or the claims of Christ, attempt to take the middle-road saying that Jesus was a good man, a prophet or a wise teacher. The difficulty with that assertation is that Jesus Himself claimed to be God. To all major monotheistic religions that statement is blasphemy. Atheists would consider than insanity. Unless, of course, he was just a liar.
So what do you think? Are Jesus’ claims legit? Is he the Son of God? Is he one with the Father? If you have seen Jesus, have you seen God? Does he have the authority to forgive sins and grant eternal security? Or was he a liar? Or just straight up insane?
“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 a 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 up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
– C. S. Lewis