A Good Moral Man?
“From One Christian to Another…”
A good teacher? An admirable man of morality? If He was, He could never have accomplished His mission on this earth – paying for the sins of the whole world. No man, no matter how moral or sacrificing, could have atoned for such a collective body of man’s rebellion and failure. It had to be God Himself to die – to shed His blood.
Jesus Endured the Wrath of God
No man could have withstood the wrath of God the Father for all of the sins of mankind. As Jesus hung there, He suffered the zenith of physical pain, but that was nothing compared to the agony of God’s wrath poured out on Him. When Jesus cried, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” it meant He was utterly abandoned as the Father’s wrath against all sin was directed upon Him. No human could have withstood that. Jesus had to be God to submit to such humiliation and injustice – God Himself being flogged, ridiculed, mocked. When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, He said He could have summoned legions of angels to protect Him, but He didn’t. That’s because He gave up His life willingly. And He had the right to take up His life again. This was given to Him by the Father.
Jesus Overruled the Forces of Nature
No man could have overruled the laws of nature, making wine out of water, stilling the wind and waves, healing and driving out demons. Jesus said his miracles were a witness to Who He was. The Father was the other witness who spoke from heaven at Jesus’ baptism and the Transfiguration.
He Openly Said He was God
Jesus never said He was a teacher or good man. He openly said He was God. That’s why the Pharisees rejected Him. That’s why they hated Him and wanted to stone Him for blasphemy. They accused Him of being a mere man claiming to be God.
We Must Determine Who He Was
Either Jesus was deluded or insane for claiming to be God or He really was God. Each of us has to make that determination. And therein lies all the difference. I’m staking my eternity that He was. Are you?
Blessings on your journey of faith, anita
Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl & the African Chief
I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!