Liar - Lunatic - Legend - or, Lord?
Sermon shared by George Dillahunty
Summary: Jesus, the Christ, made some incredible claims during His ministry here on Earth - the question becomes: "Was He a liar - a lunatic - a legend - or, is He Lord?"
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
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Rev. George R. Dillahunty
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Text: John 6:41-51 (King James Version)
"The Jews then murmured at Him, because He said, ’I am the bread which came down from Heaven.’ (v. 42) And they said, ’Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that He saith, I came down from Heaven?’" (v. 43) Jesus, therefore answered and said unto them, ’Murmur not among yourselves. (v. 44) No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me, draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (v. 45) It is written in the Prophets, ’And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me. (v. 46) Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He which is of God, He hath seen the Father. (v. 47) Verily, verily, I say unto you, ’He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. (v. 48) I am that bread of life. (v. 49) Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. (v. 50) This is the bread which cometh down from Heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. (v. 51) I am the living bread which came down from Heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
Topic: Liar - Lunatic - Legend - or, Lord?
Jesus, the Christ, made some incredible claims during His ministry here on Earth! The question becomes: Was He a liar - a lunatic - a legend or, is He Lord?
The late great Irish-born English novelist and essayist, former atheist, and Christian apologist, Clive Staples "C.S." "Jack" Lewis (1898 - 1963), in his book entitled, "Mere Christianity," makes the following statement about Jesus, the Christ: "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would be either a lunatic - on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg - or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us." Throughout his book, C.S. Lewis argues for the truthfulness and importance of the Christian faith.
Our Holy Scripture text, for today, leaves us with four (4) possibilities or conclusions: Either Jesus, the Christ, is (1) a liar; (2) a lunatic; (3) a legend; or, (4) He is Lord!
One can come to the conclusion that Jesus, the Christ, was a liar! That is - in essence - what the Jewish leaders accused Him of when He was teaching in the synogogue in Capernaum! At some point, after the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus, the Christ, crossed the Sea of Galilee and landed in the area known as Capernaum - a small fishing village located on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee with a population of 1,000 to 1,500 people - in existence from the second century B.C. to the eleventh century A.D.
Capernaum is primarily known as the city where Jesus, the Christ, made His home - after leaving Nazareth! Born in the little town of Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, north of Capernaum, Jesus, the Christ, subsequently made Capernaum his base of operations!
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