Saturday, August 7, 2010

Liar, Lunatic or LORD -- The Right Name

Liar -- a pathological LIAR is an individual who habitually tells lies so exaggerated or bizarre that they are suggestive of mental disorder.

Can the Holy One who in ALL ways always walked the perfect Walk and lived the truthful Talk bear false witness? Can the Master Teacher teach untruths and lead His followers to hell? Can the Prophet of GOD prophesy 99.99% of actual events and still be called a prophet sent from GOD?

Was JESUS a liar?

Lunatic -- insane, crazy, demented, madman, maniac... wildly or giddily foolish.

Can a LUNATIC make a born paralytic walk, then leap for joy? or a blind man see through tears of amazement? or a deaf-mute hear, then sing praises to the Healer? Can a lunatic cast out multiple demons from one devil-possessed? Can a lunatic miraculously feed 5,000 men (with women and children, the figure could be 20,000 or more) with but five bread and two fish? Can a lunatic raise a stinking four-day decaying corpse from the grave?

Was JESUS a lunatic?

LORD -- Person having ALL power and sovereign authority, Master, Most High, Father, Creator, Ruler, King of kings... GOD.

What do you call a Man who lived EVERY single moment of His life without sin? What do you call a Man who can forgive sinners -- even those who conspired to kill Him and those who hammered the nails into His hands and feet? What do you call a Man who suffered excruciating agony during His crucifixion, yet uttered not one blasphemous word?

What do you call a Man who performed countless miracles and healings throughout the three years of His ministry? What do you call a Man who fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah? What do you call a Man who rose from the dead, who went through walls, who was seen by hundreds ascending into heaven?

Was (and is) JESUS... LORD?

Honest, sane men would call THIS Man -- LORD... LORD JESUS.

And i, forgiven wretch that i am, call JESUS my LORD, my GOD, my Master.

JESUS is my Way -- He is the Path of righteousness.
JESUS is my Truth -- He is the Word infallible.
JESUS is my Life -- He is the Fountain ever flowing.
JESUS is my LORD, my Master, my GOD.

He is the Shield who protects from the devil's assaults --
The Rock on which true wisdom is built.
He is the King who reigns sovereign --
The Shepherd whose tender care is faithful and true.

He is the Judge who sees the inner man --
The Refuge during trials to whom we run.
He is the Fortress impregnable --
The Avenger of the weak and oppressed.

He is the Creator of all things from no thing --
The Deliverer of those who love and obey Him.
He is the Healer of the brokenhearted --
The Protector of the humble and the meek.

He is the Provider of our daily bread --
The Redeemer of the wretched lost.
He is the Alpha and the Omega --
The Author and Finisher of our faith.

He is the Master Potter --
The Artist Divine of each masterpiece.
He is the Father who knows best --
The One we call Abba, DAD, because we are His own.

JESUS is the Bread of life --
The abundant Nourisher of this child.
He is the Light of the world --
The perfect Guide to this darkened soul.

JESUS is the Door of the sheepfold --
The narrow Gate where this penitent entered.
He is the Good Shepherd --
The Owner of this prodigal sheep.

JESUS is the Resurrection and the Life --
The Promise Keeper in whom absolutely i trust.
He is the true Vine --
The eternal Source in whom i cling.

JESUS is the Way, the Truth and the Life --
He is my way, my truth and my life --
Forever and ever.

C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere CHRISTianity:
I am trying to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept JESUS as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be GOD." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things JESUS said would either be a lunatic -- on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg -- or else he would be the devil from hell.

You must make your choice. Either this Man was and is, the Son of GOD -- or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool; you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; 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 moral teacher. He has not left that open to us.

We are faced, then, with a frightening alternative. This Man we are talking about either was (and is) just what He said or else a lunatic, or something worse. Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend; and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is GOD.
Liar, lunatic or LORD? Who is JESUS to you?

1 comment:

  1. Dear Reader -- JESUS claimed to be The Way, The Truth, The Life. He said that NO ONE can come to the Father -- GOD and Creator of the Universe -- except through Him. He said that The TRUTH will set you free. And He said that if the Son sets you free, you are FREE indeed! Listen. Listen to The TRUTH speaking into your heart -- He will NEVER lie because GOD can NOT lie -- EVER.

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