Thursday, April 29, 2010

What Do You Believe?: Jesus; Who Is He?(Part 2) - April 29, 2010

John 10:22-33 (New International Version)
22Then came the Feast of Dedication(Hanukkah) at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon's Colonnade. 24The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."

25Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, 26but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one."

31Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, 32but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"

33"We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."

Now I could probably site all kinds of research that has been done into Jesus' claim to be God. Any search engine can find plenty of information, both for and against the fact that Jesus is God, a distinct person of the Godhead. How can God consist as three persons? I do not have the understanding or wisdom needed to explain it. All I know is that the Bible that I believe is the indisputable, infallible and inerrant word of God tells me so, and I believe that if God can create the Universe, He can do something fairly easy, like keep His word straight.

People have sliced and diced the Bible for centuries and yet no one has really been able to disprove what it claims. Not that people haven't tried to twist the words through translation, in fact many of the religions that claim to be Christian and yet deny that Jesus is God, rely on their translation and changes rather than authoritative translations. Others have claimed that the Scriptures were corrupted in the 1st Century and subsequent translations have carried forward errors to this time. You might ask then, how can we rely on the translations that we have? The answer is that authoritative translations have been scrutinized and validated over time, and have been heavily supported by manuscript and other evidence(see my post from April 11, 2010).

If you have problems with what Jesus claimed as the Jews did in the verse noted above, that he was "mere man, yet claimed to be God", I would challenge you to do your own research with an open mind. I would go further and challenge you to research not only the positive but the negative claims. I can confidently say without a doubt that if you will honestly research the validity of the Bible and the claims therein, you would come to belief in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

I like the way C.S. Lewis, the author of the well-known children's book series, The Chronicles of Narnia, said it in his book Mere Christianity. In Mere Christianity, Lewis makes this profound and logical argument:

"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 a man who says he is a poached egg - or he would be the devil of hell. You must take 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 patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

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