"Jesus was a great and moral teacher!"It is funny, I have come across the statement quite a bit in the last two weeks. Even my favorite comic strip has chimed in.
The question we need to ask ourselves is, "Is this all that Jesus was, a great and moral teacher?"
Many people would call Jesus a great and moral teacher or even a prophet. And that is true, but He was so much more, not because I say so, but because of what Jesus claimed.
Since Jesus said and did things which were beyond the scope of human abilities, we are left with limited possibilities concerning His actual identity. And since Jesus claimed to be God, He really only left three options for His identity.
Either He was who he said He was, or He was completely evil, or He was insane.
It breaks down like this; Jesus claimed to be God, plain and simple. We see this in Mark 2:5-12 when He heals a crippled man and forgives him of his sins. We see it again in John 8:56-58 when teaching and speaking with a hostile crowd. Jesus throughout the NT claims to be God over and over. There is no doubt that Jesus of Nazareth claimed to be the Christ, The Son of the Living God.
So here are the options:
Option #1: Jesus claims to be God and His claims are false... knowingly false! If He claims to be God and knows that He in fact is not God, He has deliberately misrepresented Himself. This makes Him a LIAR!
Option #1: Jesus is a Liar
Option #2: Jesus claims to be God and His claims are false...unknowingly false! If He claims to be God and did not know His claims were false, then He was sincere but completely deluded. This makes Him a LUNATIC!
Option #2: Jesus is a Lunatic
Option #3: Jesus claims to be God and His claims are true. Then this simply makes Him who He says He is, the Son of the Living God, Jesus Christ the Lord of everything. This makes Him LORD!
Option #3: Jesus is Lord
If you truly look at the life of Jesus, even the historical accounts of Jesus, it is impossible for you not to see Jesus as anything other than the Lord. Simon Greenleaf was one of the greatest legal minds in the world. He was the Royal Professor of Law at Harvard and also succeeded Justice Joseph Story as the Dane Professor of Law at Harvard. After spending time examining the evidence of Jesus' resurrection, he says:
"The Resurrection of Christ is one of the best-supported events in history according to the laws of legal evidence administered in courts of law."What is your evaluation and decision? Who do you say Jesus was? He wasn't a simply a great and moral teacher. Based on everything that Jesus taught, He was either Lord, Liar or Lunatic. What do you think the evidence points to?
For more information on this subject, visit your local library and check out:
More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel