I’m basically stealing today’s reflection from one of my heroes, CS Lewis.
Lewis had an argument for the divinity of Jesus that went along these lines. Everyone believes that Jesus was a good moral teacher. Even folks that don’t believe that He was the Savior of the Son of God, they would believe that He had some really great things to say. Even folks that would discount miracles would like His moral teachings.
But, CS Lewis would say that could not be the case. Why?
Because Jesus said that He was the Son of God. Some ways He said this are very bold, others are vague. But Jesus left no doubt in who He was. He even knew that folks would not believe Him and said this, in John 10:19-21:
There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
If He’s lying, and not who He says He is, you wouldn’t take moral teaching from a liar, would you?
And if He is suffering illusions of grander, and claimed to be something that He wasn’t, you wouldn’t take moral teaching from him, would you?
No, the only way Jesus’ teaching has any relevance to us is if He is who He said that He is.
So, in our lives, if we are going to take His teaching seriously, we must take who He is seriously. We must take all of Him, not just the parts that we like. We must follow Him. We must.
He can’t just be a good man. He can’t just be a good teacher. He can’t. He must be Lord.
Today, in our lives, who is Jesus to us?
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