Mere: New Testament and Jesus

Topics: Jesus, New Testament, God Pages: 2 (851 words) Published: December 12, 2013
Who is Jesus Christ?

Unlike the question “Does God exist?” very few people question whether Jesus Christ existed. It is generally acceptably that Jesus was truly a man who walked on the earth in Israel 2000 years ago. The debate begins when the subject of Jesus full identity teacher or a godly man. The problem is that the Bible tells us that Jesus was infinitely more than a prophet a good teacher or a godly man.

C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity writes the following: “I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must no say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg or else he would be Devil of hell. 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 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 up with nay patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.

So, who did Jesus claim to be? Who does the Bible say He is? First, let’s look at Jesus words in John 10:30 “I am the Father are one”. At first glance this might not seem to be a claim to be God. However look at the Jews reaction to His statement “We are not stoning you for any of these, replied the Jews but for blasphemy because you a mere man claim to be God (John 10:33). The Jews understood Jesus statement as a claim to be God. That indicates Jesus was truly saying He was God by declaring “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). John 8:58 is another example: “I tell you the truth Jesus answered, before Abraham was born I am! Again in response the...
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