What is your conclusions about Jesus?
I have had many discussions with people about Jesus. We try to get real proof of everything. We only believe when we see, and even then we doubt. Who do you think Jesus is?
I have had many discussions with people about Jesus. He seems to be a good man for many people. Inspirational. Who do you think Jesus is? A good man? CS Lewis, the writer of Narnia, said this: When you hear Jesus say that he is God one of the following must be true. Jesus is:
- Lunatic: Jesus was not God, but he mistakenly believed that he was.
- Liar: Jesus was not God, and he knew it, but he said so anyway.
- Lord: Jesus is God.
Disagreement: Who is Jesus?
In this part of Jesus life, people are also having debates. Who is Jesus really?
We try to get real proof of everything. We only believe when we see, and even then we doubt. Authorities deny that Jesus is the Messiah. People who saw Jesus at work say: “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more miracles than this man has?”
No, they think: He should be the messiah. And they believed, as a choice. Believing is also making a decision. Many people of that crowd later had an encounter with Jesus and found out that he was able to conquer death. They saw it because they believed.
I think that is true for today also. We can talk long about. We can see him as a good man, a teacher, inspiration. But when you listen to him carefully: You should say: He is God. That is what Lewis explained.
The question to you is: Who do you think Jesus is. Let’s make it clear: Lunatic, Liar of Lord
Is he the Messiah?
25 Some of the people of Jerusalem said, “Isn’t this the man the authorities are trying to kill? 26 Look! He is talking in public, and they say nothing against him! Can it be that they really know that he is the Messiah? 2 7But when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from. And we all know where this man comes from.”
28 As Jesus taught in the Temple, he said in a loud voice, “Do you really know me and know where I am from? I have not come on my own authority. He who sent me, however, is truthful. You do not know him, 29 but I know him, because I come from him and he sent me.”
3 0Then they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 But many in the crowd believed in him and said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more miracles than this man has?”
Guards are Sent to Arrest Jesus
32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Jesus, so they and the chief priests sent some guards to arrest him. 33 Jesus said, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I shall go away to him who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me, because you cannot go where I will be.” 35 The Jewish authorities said among themselves, “Where is he about to go so that we shall not find him? Will he go to the Greek cities where our people live, and teach the Greeks? 36 He says that we will look for him but will not find him, and that we cannot go where he will be. What does he mean?”
Streams of Life-giving Water
37 On the last and most important day of the festival Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Whoever is thirsty should come to me, and 38 whoever believes in me should drink. As the scripture says, ‘Streams of life-giving water will pour out from his side.’ 39 Jesus said this about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were going to receive. At that time the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not been raised to glory.
Division among the People
40 Some of the people in the crowd heard him say this and said, “This man is really the Prophet!” 41 Others said, “He is the Messiah!” But others said, “The Messiah will not come from Galilee! 42 The scripture says that the Messiah will be a descendant of King David and will be born in Bethlehem, the town where David lived.” 43 So there was a division in the crowd because of Jesus. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
The Unbelief of the Jewish Authorities
45 When the guards went back, the chief priests and Pharisees asked them, “Why did you not bring him?” 46 The guards answered, “Nobody has ever talked like this man!” 47 “Did he fool you, too?” the Pharisees asked them. 48“Have you ever known one of the authorities or one Pharisee to believe in him? 49 This crowd does not know the Law of Moses, so they are under God’s curse!” 50 One of the Pharisees there was Nicodemus, the man who had gone to see Jesus before. He said to the others, 51 “According to our Law we cannot condemn anyone before hearing him and finding out what he has done.” 52 “Well,” they answered, “are you also from Galilee? Study the Scriptures and you will learn that no prophet ever comes from Galilee.”