Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” (Mark 8: 27-29, NIV)

September 13, 2018

Jesus asked the disciples “who do people say I am?,” and with it they shared what other people were saying; but then Jesus took it one step further and asked them “who do you say I am,” and Peter said you are the Messiah – the anointed one – the chosen one.

 

I share this because people today people are still debating this question of who Jesus is or was? Some still say he was just a prophet or a good moral teacher; however, I love C.S. Lewis’s argument against Jesus being just another man or a moral teacher.

 

In summary, Lewis said Jesus was either a liar, lunatic or lord. Lewis would say you can’t say Jesus was a good moral teacher if you don’t believe he was the Lord, because Jesus claimed he was the Son of God – actually he went as far as saying he and the Father were one. So if Jesus wasn’t who he claimed to be, then Jesus was a liar or worse if he thought he was God and wasn’t actually God then that would make himself a lunatic. In fact Lewis said claiming to be God without being God would make as much sense as if a man claimed to be a poached egg and of course actually wasn’t.

 

So the choices before us then are – liar, lunatic - or Lord – in other words he is whom he claimed to be.

 

Jesus asked them who do you say I am?


Jesus still asks us who do you say I am?

 

My prayer is that you will step out in faith and consider what if…what if Jesus was or is whom he claimed to be? Because if he wasn’t then you lose nothing, but if he was whom he claimed to be and you choose to follow him – then you have everything to gain – hope, peace, forgiveness and life.

 

So I invite you to choose Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

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