Whom Do They Say I Am?

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Jesus of Nazareth, without science and learning, . . . shed more light on things human and divine, than all the philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of school, He spoke words of life such as were never spoken before, nor since." 

"When God chose to reveal himself, he did so through a human body.  The tongue that called forth the dead was a human one.  The hand that touched the leper had dirt under the finger nails.  The feet upon which the woman wept were calloused and dusty.  And His tears came from a heart as broken as yours and mine ever has been."  "In Jesus not only do we have a window to God, we also have a mirror of ourselves.  Human beings were, after all, created in the image of God; Jesus reveals what that image should look like."  "Of the great religious leaders of the world, Christ alone claims deity. It really doesn't matter what one thinks of Mohammed, buddha or Confucius as individuals.  Their followers emphasize their teachings.  Not so with christ, he made Himself the focal point of His teaching.  The central question that He put to His listeners was, whom do you say that I am?"  "A man who is merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.  He would wither be a lunatic - on a 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." 1 

1. CS Lewis, Mere Christianity page 56