February 10, 2005
[Jesus] said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”
It was C.S. Lewis who first gave us the tri-lemma concerning the three possibilities of the person of Christ. The possibilities are:
- Jesus was a liar. He was One who claimed to be God who said it loud and often. Jesus was worshipped as God, and yet He was a fraud, phony, and a deceiver.
- Jesus was a lunatic. He was someone who believed He was God, but was deceived and insane. Jesus simply fell among the multitudes of false messiahs and phonies—the Jim Jones and David Koresh types, who claimed a following, but were really off their rockers.
- Jesus is Lord. He truly meant what He said about being the Son of God. And the miracles really happened—they weren’t some kind of hoax. He is divine, holy, and God of the universe.
C.S. Lewis then opened the floor for the reader to decide. Is Jesus a liar, lunatic, or Lord? You can study the evidence—and there’s more than you can imagine that will give you the clear answer.
I have been studying the Bible for the past 30 years of my life. I am personally, intellectually, and spiritually convinced that Jesus Christ is Lord. For me to say He is a liar or lunatic doesn’t meet the demands of my own understanding. Do away with saying, ‘Well, Jesus was a good man, and great prophet, and a moral teacher.” If Jesus was not God as He claimed to be, he was not good! How could you say a man is good who deceived multitudes or was Himself deceived?
And so, it gets down to the brass tacks. Who is Jesus Christ? Jesus is the Christ! Jesus Christ is the Christian faith. And you must decide today who is Jesus in your life.
GOD USES CIRCUMSTANCES, EVENTS, HIS WORD, AND HIS SPIRIT
TO BRING US TO A PLACE WHERE WE CAN SAY,
“JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!”