Either Jesus is Who He Says or Jesus is a Fraud

The thing is, you either believe Him or you don’t. You can’t say Jesus was a good teacher, a nice man, or a good example while refusing to accept what He said. Either He is indeed a good teacher, a nice man, and a good example Who spoke the truth, or He is a liar, and if a liar, He cannot be either a good teacher, a nice man, or a good example; Liars are not good people nor are they wise teachers.

Jesus did not contradict John the Baptist when he declared Jesus to be the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. He did not correct him when His older cousin John declared Jesus to have lived before John, despite John having being conceived months before Jesus. How could a man conceived and born after have existed before?

Did Jesus come down from heaven as He told the people? If not, then “the Son of Man” certainly had not seen the Father as He stated.

Did Jesus send the prophets as He said? Will He raise the dead ‘at the last day’ as He said? Does He have all authority in heaven? Will He judge the living and the dead? Was He, before Abraham was? Did He see Nathaniel under the fig tree? Did He see Satan fall like lightening from heaven? Did He really have the power, not only to lay His own life down, but also to raise it back up? Did He share the glory of God the Father prior to His life on earth?

Is He the bread of life? Is He the resurrection? Is He the door of the sheep? Is He the good shepherd who laid His life down for His sheep? Did He say He would rise from the dead?

You might not believe what Jesus said, but you cannot reasonably insist that His claims to deity, absolute authority, and exclusive jurisdiction over life and death were false, and still say He was a good man, a wise teacher, or a good example. He claimed for Himself absolute authority; He declared Himself to be the only way to access Almighty God. He claimed to be the one appointed and fore-ordained by God to save men from sin. And He declared Himself to be very God Himself. Whatever else He may have been, if His claims for Himself were not true, He is a long-dead liar and heretic with amazing powers of persuasion whose memory should be expunged from history or His name bathed in ignominy and disdain.

But if His words were true, this world has been visited by the God of Creation, the Lord and King of the Universe, the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, of whom angels proclaim, “Holy, holy, holy YHWH of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory,” and before Whom every knee shall bow and confess Him Lord.

“Great and marvellous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true your ways, You King of the saints. Who shall not fear you, oh Lord, and glorify Your name, for you alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgements have been revealed.”