Jesus make some really difficult
claims. You think about it – you know, we all want
to think of him as kind of a great teacher, a really smart guy, great insights into
human nature… the problem is Jesus also claimed things like being one with God and having the authority of God to forgive sins.
Jesus makes audacious claims like you know, that he is the way, the
truth and the life, and no one can come to the Father, right, except through him, right? This is, this is scandalous – are you kidding me? A person, this person who’s a carpenter’s son?
Jesus said that like, you know, you can’t get around his own words in the Gospel of John. He said “Abraham” – who had died a thousand years ago – “Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He saw it and was glad,” and those
religious folks around him said, “hold on – you’re not even 50 years old, and you’ve seen father Abraham?” Jesus
responded, “I tell you the truth. Before Abraham was, I am.” And in saying that, he took that most
sacred Hebrew name of God for himself and the
people responded correctly – they picked up stones and were ready to kill him. They clearly understood what he was
saying. You can’t have these kinds of crazy statements being said in juxtaposition with all of
this good stuff, without thinking this person’s a nut.
So we, we then have to respond to that claim, and the only response is that I think, we can really think of are one: that he was lying, that this great moral teacher,
philosopher, was tricking us, that he was lying to us. I find that incompatible with the tenor of his teachings in his life. Two: he was a megalomaniac – megalomaniacs think they’re God, their character is very different than Jesus’
character. Megalomaniacs are power-hungry. Jesus laid down his power. So, if he’s not lying, and he’s not crazy, he’s gotta be telling the truth.