Who Do You Say He Is

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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?

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!

1 Response to Who Do You Say He Is

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Each of us will decide our own destiny.
    No regrets, no further chance when time runs out on this earth for us for it is done.

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