Just who do you think you are?

lllJesus was used to people asking him this brazen question. In John 10:24, some Jews gathered around asked him: “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly” (NIV).

The Lord replied that he had already spoken openly about his Father, and that his miracles attested to his divinity. They got the message and angrily picked up stones to throw at him.

The Lord has a way of turning questions back on us. He did so with Simon Peter and the disciples in Matthew 16:15, asking: “But what about you? Who do you say that I am?” Famously, Simon answered: “You are the Christ, the son of the living God” (v. 16).

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis popularized the “Liar, lunatic, or Lord” argument, sometimes called “Bad, mad, or God.” The passage in John 10 cited above is an example of Jesus’ claim to be God. If Jesus claims it, then there are only three possible ways that we can respond. Either we call him an evil blasphemer for making such a claim, we deem Jesus insane, or we acknowledge that he is who he claimed to be, the only Way to God (John 14:6).

Answering this question is the most important thing a person can ever do. If Jesus is God’s son, then we can have confidence that the wrong things we have done (our sins) can be forgiven because of what Jesus did for us at the Cross, dying as a once-for-all sacrifice.

Make no mistake. Deciding to follow Christ as his disciple will not be easy. At times, it will be excruciatingly difficult, yet it is a commitment that gives deep meaning and joy to life, confidence that in this life and after death, we are and will remain part of God’s family.

They said to Jesus: Who do you think that you are? He turns it around, and asks you and me: Who do you think that I am? Is he a liar, a lunatic, or Lord?

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Image credit: Bendigo Presbyterian Church

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