Liar, Lunatic or Lord–This is the central difference between Christianity and other world religions. The center of Christianity is the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus claimed to be God. He not only claimed to be God he pointed a finger in the face of Jewish religious leadership and told them he was the one Abraham and the prophets looked for. There was no misunderstanding. He was not misquoted. That leaves only three options–He was a Liar, he was a lunatic or He was who he claimed to be.
If a liar–Jesus was the most evil and deceitful man alive. He infiltrated a vanquished nation, he did amazing miracles and gave hope for the hopeless. But to do that for simple personal gain or recognition would have made him a horrible man. Such a moral gap, does not match his selflessness, his message or his sacrifice. In addition, if he was a liar–he was a bad one. He did not receive any personal gain for his deception, and ultimately, it was the reason for his death. He could have stopped the process by simply admitting his lie-but he did not. He was not a liar!
Was he a lunatic? Well if he was, he was an amazing one. He was consistent in his message, he was able to dumfound the most educated men of his time. He also healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the hungry and loved those unlovable. He made bold claims–but, he kept them. He was not a lunatic.
No, Jesus is Lord! He is the Son of God. He became a man out of love for us, and did what he did, to uphold his commitment to us. We are left, therefore, with a choice–receive him as LORD and Savior or walk away and remain independent from his blessing for all eternity. From where I stand, there is no real choice!
God Bless You
“I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
52 At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.