Monday, November 16, 2009

The Deity of Jesus

Part 1 of The Real Jesus

"...you, a mere man, claim to be God."--Jesus' enemies in John 10:33

No one is more loved and hated that Jesus Christ.
  • "Jesus" (Greek) is equivalent to "Joshua" (Hebrew) and means "the Lord saves."
  • "Christ" (Greek) is equivalent to "Messiah" (Hebrew) and means "the Anointed One."
What did Jesus say about Himself?
  1. Jesus said He is eternal (John 8:58).
  2. Jesus said He is sinless (John 8:46).
  3. Jesus said He can forgive sin (Mark 2:5).
  4. Jesus said He has power over death (John 2:19).
  5. Jesus said He is the Son of Man (Matthew 26:64).
  6. Jesus said He is equal with God the Father (John 10:30).
  7. Jesus said He is the only way to heaven (John 14:6).
"I am trying to prevent anyone 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 sort of thing we must not 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 the level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the 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 a 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 with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."--C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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