I saw an interesting video where Bono was being interviewed, and he was being asked about prayer and his relationship with God. A certain part of this interview caught my attention because I have heard a sermon preached about this, and I thought that it was one of the most logical arguments that I have heard. I would like to make this point here, and add some of my own thoughts to it. See what you think.
Jesus said that He was the Son of God, well, He strongly suggested it and others claimed it. Have a look at Matthew 16:15-17 which says, “Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” He also says this in John 10:36, “why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’? After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world.” Just in case you’re still not convinced, Jesus confirms it in Mark 14:60-62 where He is asked outright, “Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said,“I Am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” There are also other incidents where Jesus stops people from prematurely claiming that He is the Son of God, as well as demons that declare it when He is dealing with them. So what does this mean, what is my point here?
Jesus could have been one of three things, according to logic. He was either the Son of God, just like He said He was. He could have been a good teacher, role model or prophet but not the Son of God. Lastly, he could have been a complete nutter. As I see it, these are the only real options available.
Now, the second option is probably the most popular, but I don’t think this is really an option at all. Here is why I say this. Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. Just get onto Google and do a search for people who have claimed to be the Messiah. A list of Jesus and a complete bunch of nutters. If someone claims to be the Son of God, and isn’t, you can rest assured that they have probably made up some other outrageous claims. If someone claims to be the Son of God and isn’t, I would strongly suggest not listening to them. In fact, I would write them off as a nutter straight away. This means that Jesus couldn’t have been a good teacher and prophet, but lie about being the Son of God, this doesn’t make sense. It can’t be an option. This leaves us with two options.
Could Jesus have been a nutter? How many other people do you know that have claimed to be the Son of God, done miracles, got raised from the dead and 2000 years later still have people following them and praising their very name? Even non-Christians who want nothing to do with God, or atheists, who go out of their way to try and disrupt any mention of God, can’t fault Jesus. If Jesus was a nutter, with the number of anti-Christian people out there, they would have pointed it out. All they do is denounce that Jesus is God, they don’t attack His character, because they can’t. He was a good teacher, He was a wonderful, caring person. He still is. He can’t be a nutter.
So that leaves one option really. He must have been the Son of God, which means that everything else he said is also true. He is the only way to God. You can’t believe in most of what Jesus said, it is either all or nothing. Now most of us who know Christ don’t need this reasoning, but for those who don’t, you may want to think about this. Even atheists, who apparently don’t believe in God, probably spend more time trying to disprove Jesus that I do trying to prove Him. I don’t need to prove Him, they feel the need to disprove Him. How many other Messiah-claimers get that much grief from people who don’t believe in them?
I’ll leave you with this, Jesus said He was the Son of God, who do you say He is?