At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.”
Jesus is the dividing line. As soon as He entered this world, the debate began. The wise men and shepherds marveled. Herod plotted a murder. Jesus grew up under the threat of death.
Jesus is the dividing line. When He showed up, the debate was on. Is He the Messiah? Is He an imposter? Is He the one they are trying to kill? Is He the One sent from God? Will He deliver us from our sins? Will He deliver us from Rome?
Jesus is the dividing line. The debate continues. As C. S. Lewis reasoned, a person who made the claims that Jesus made was either a liar, claiming to be God but knowing He wasn’t; a lunatic, actually thinking that He was God; or the one and only God in the flesh, just as He claimed to be.
Jesus is the dividing line. Is He your God? Your Lord? Your Savior? Or just an interesting figure in history who provided some great stories, much like Aesop’s fables? You have to choose.
Father, please open all of the hearts reading this today, that they will make the choice for Jesus as their Lord and Savior. In His name I pray. Amen.
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