Who is Jesus? Liar, Lunatic, or Lord and God?
Published : July 17, 2018
It’s okay to ask questions, but don’t deny the answers if they can be backed up with evidence. Did Jesus tell the truth? Is there one living God or can we make up as many gods as we want.
Maybe you’re someone who thinks Jesus was just a good man. This is our focus today. What if the men He spent three years of His life with were all telling the truth? What about all the miracles they witnessed? They believed it enough to die for their faith. Does the Bible offer any compelling evidence for their claims?
Why didn’t the Jews and Romans who killed Jesus ever refute the testimonies of hundreds of eye-witnesses that saw the risen Christ? The tomb is still empty. Why couldn’t the authorities find the supposed dead body of Jesus?
The events surrounding the life of Jesus, especially His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection either happened or they didn’t. We’re talking about actual history and the fact that if these events documented in detail throughout Scripture really took place, it changes everything – and should affect how we live today.
So, because Jesus did claim He is the only way, is He right?
C.S. Lewis stated:
“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 patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us...”So – is Jesus a Liar? Was Jesus wrong about anything He taught? Many call Jesus a “good teacher” or a prophet, but if He didn’t tell the truth, can He really be good?
While the prophets usually said, “This is what the Lord says,” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth.” In addition, Prophets spoke for God, but Jesus consistently spoke as God.
What about Lunatic? Have you read what Jesus actually taught? He was pretty bold and controversial! He declared to the Pharisees that He existed before Abraham! (John 8:58) Jesus made 23 “I Am” claims and used 7 metaphors such as, “I am the light of the world… the bread of life… the good shepherd… the resurrection and the life.”
Is Jesus Lord then? There are tremendous consequences if Jesus is in fact who He said He is! For one thing, He promised to return one Day to judge the living and the dead. He also talked about heaven and hell as actual places and the need for people to confess our sins and be saved.
Truths about Jesus Christ revealing He is GOD
- Jesus was with God in the beginning, (John 1:1)
- Jesus is equal with God, (Phil. 2:5-11)
- He was born of a virgin; became a man, (Matt. 1:18, Jn. 1:14)
- He forgives sins, (Mark 2:10)
- He performed miracles, (John 10:32)
- He is one with the Father, (John 10:30)
- Jesus came from the Father, (John 16:28)
- He is the Christ, (Mark 14:61-62)
- He is the Messiah, (John 4:25-26)
- Jesus came to give spiritual life, (John 10:10)
- He gives the right to become God’s children, (John 1:12)
- Jesus bestows eternal life, (John 10:28)
- Jesus became man, (Philippians 2:5-11)
- Jesus is fully God, (Philippians 2:5-11)
- His death was a ransom for our sins (Matthew 20:28)
- Jesus died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8)
- Jesus rose from the dead, (Luke 24:46, Acts 2:24)
- He ascended and is at God’s right hand, (Mark 16:19)
Colossians 1:13-17 states:
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
And Col. 2:9-10,
…In Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
Those of us who believe need to turn from the world’s ways, stop playing church, and submit to the authority of Christ. If Jesus is the predicted Messiah, then the Bible is true and all other gods must be false.
Every other way won’t work out in the end. He overcame death and the grave, and His resurrection proves Jesus is the only way. Please trust in Him while there’s still time!