Some situations will grieve you. But you will have tried and will have gained the credit in the Lord’s eyes, anyway. Like the time I was coming home and there was a surveyor standing in the middle of the street. He was using a secant — a measurement device used in surveying the land. I had to roll by the guy rather slowly, and, as I was doing, I could tell he was a jovial kind of a guy, and I passed a friendly comment. In so doing, I asked him, “Are you a Christian?” He responded, “Aren’t we all?”
Now when you get an answer like that, it is basically an “open ticket” to evangelize the guy, for he has just asked you, “Aren’t we all?” To which the correct reply is, “No, we are not all (Christian).” Soon, I had a Gospel of John in my hands, and handed it to the guy. “Actually,” I began to say in response to his question, “the ‘Bible answer’ is that we are not all Christians. Jesus said that we must be born again in order to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
I shared with the man for about ten or fifteen minutes, explaining to him what the Bible actually taught. Many of the quotes I used actually came from the gospel of John, so that I was able to say to him, at one in the same time, “You can read it in the book of the Bible I just gave you.”
For example, in the gospel of John, we find Jesus’ statement, “Truly I say to you, that unless a man is born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” (John 3:3). Another quote I made was from John 14:6, where Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me.”
There is another quote that I gave the man, which also comes from the book of John, which is found in John 14:9, where Jesus said, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.”
I quoted this verse to the man because, at the time, he was saying to me (in classic pseudo-intellectual style), “Jesus certainly was a good man.”
Good man? I said to him. Is that all he was? In fact, if you examine it carefully, you can only come to one of three conclusions (CS Lewis’s argument, used also by a myriad of other people since CS Lewis introduced it):
You can either call Jesus a liar, because he said he was the LORD and was not,
You can call him a lunatic, because he said he was the LORD and was ‘out of his mind’,
You can call him LORD, because he said he was the Lord, and he really is.
BUT!!!! You CANNOT call him merely a “good teacher” or a “good man”, because he hasn’t left that option open to us! If we call him a “good teacher” or a “good man” without also calling him Lord, then we make his word untrue, because he also claimed to be God in the flesh!
“Where did he claim that?” you may ask.
Well, in John 8:58, for one, “Before Abraham was, I am.”
Think about it, Jesus claimed to exist before Abraham. At the time, Abraham had been “long gone” (to heaven) for more than a thousand years.
Why did Jesus use the expression, “I am?” Skip back to the time of Moses, when God encountered Moses, and gave him his commission. We read the following:
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” (Exodus 3:14)
Was Jesus claiming to be God? He certainly was! This is just one of many passages that proves it. It is, in fact, one of the very clearest of all! No wonder it says in the book of Colossians, referring to Jesus,
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16-17)
The conclusion? Jesus is God!!!
Now, do you worship him as God? For your sake, I hope that you do!!!
For to him, one day, we shall all give an account!
“Jesus Christ … shall judge the quick (living) and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1)
Are you ready? If not, it’s time to get saved, and get right with God, as Peter said.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)