I admire and respect C.S. Lewis.
I admire his ability to explain theology in a way that challenges me to think about what I believe.
I respect his honesty.
When Mr. Lewis finally came to terms with God and accepted Jesus as his Savior, in his own words he said
“In the Trinity term of 1929 I gave in admitted that God was God and knelt and prayed that night…perhaps the most reluctant convert in England”.
In the book Mere Christianity the contents of which were broadcast through radio address’ during the frightening days of WW II, Hitler and Nazi Germany he presents a challenge that is the basis for the most important decision we will ever consider in this life.
Who was Jesus?
Consider this quote taken Mere Christianity, in the chapter titled
“A Shocking Alternative”
I am trying to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him, “I am 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 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 call Him 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.
Who was Jesus?
More importantly who is he to you?
It is possible to reject the notion that He is a liar or a lunatic but still not recognize him as Lord.
Some do not attribute any significance to Jesus at all.
Some believe he was a great moral teacher.
Some religions believe he was a great prophet.
The controversy concerning the identity of Jesus is nothing new. In the time He walked on this earth
His followers saw Him as Lord Matthew 12:22-23
His family thought he was a little crazy Mark 3:21
His antagonists the Pharisees proclaimed Him a liar Mark 3:22
But the most dangerous place to be is to recognize him for who he is, Son of God, God very God, and Savior and do nothing with or about it
My pastor addressed the danger of this in his message this past Sunday. Hebrews 6 speaking about the unpardonable sin, warns against the position of observer.
For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame
Heb 6:4-6 (NLT)
In his message my pastor talked about those who have not given their hearts and lives to Him, and because they have experienced God’s power in some way through miracles, answers to prayers, think they are OK.
Having experienced the good things of God, seeing the power of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of others, seeing evidence of the goodness and power of the Word now and contemplating the age to come, the choice of judgement or salvation, they turn away from Him.
And the time will come when because of their hardness of heart they will not be able to turn to Him, it will be impossible to bring them to repentance.
Sobering, frightening thoughts.
As I write this there are those who come to mind, some very close to me, and my heart cries out for them. That they would not wait too long..
Possibly as you read this there are those you think of also.
Praying, hoping they would turn to Him while there is still time
We like to think about the grace and mercy of God, how His forgiveness is available and without limit.
And it is.
But they must decide who Jesus is and who He will be to them.
And so we must as well.
My final question
Either He was the Son of God, a madman or a liar.
Who is Jesus to you?