How Can Jesus Be God?
Some say He’s a good man, a prophet, perhaps the greatest and most holy man to ever live. But they say, He’s not God. Are they right? Can He be good, holy and great, and yet not be who He claimed to be?
Consider this rational exercise, the trilemma argument, popularized by C.S. Lewis, to determine the deity of Jesus:
Jesus claimed to be God. He permitted His disciples to call Him their Lord and God. He even allowed them to worship Him.
Since Jesus claimed to be God and accepted worship, He has left us with only three rational options concerning His person.
1. Jesus knew He was not God, but claimed to be anyway. That would make Him a deceiver. He’s a liar.
2. Jesus thought He was God, but He was wrong. That would mean He was deceived. He’s a lunatic.
3. Jesus was God. That would mean He was neither deceived, or a deceiver. He’s the Lord.
These are the only three options He gives us. We cannot call Him a good man if He is a liar, and we cannot call Him a wise man if He is a lunatic. Either we reject Him as a fool or renounce Him as a devil, or we must accept His claim and revere Him as God. What we cannot do with any integrity is to say He deceived multitudes by claiming to be God and yet call Him a holy and good man. What we cannot do is say He was deluded and yet call Him a wise and great prophet. If He lied about being God, then He’s not holy and good. If He was deluded, then He’s not wise and great.
But we are left with one other option. If He was too good to be a liar, and too wise to be a lunatic, then He must have told the truth to His disciples. He is more than a great moral teacher and more than a major prophet. He is the divine Son of God!
Now, He did not only claim to be divine, He arose from the dead to prove it! If you say He did not rise from the dead, then tell me what happened to His body? If you say His disciples moved it, please tell me why would these very ordinary men do such a foolish thing. Why would eleven men invent a lie to be beaten and imprisoned for, to be stoned to death for, to be sawed in half for, to be crucified upside-down for? That would make no sense. When men lie, it is to avoid suffering, not ensure it!
The grave is empty, not because the disciples hid His body, and certainly not because the Roman soldiers or Jewish religious leaders moved it. That would have been the last thing they would ever do. The grave is empty because Jesus told the truth: He is God
If Jesus is who He claimed to be, and He is, then the most important relationship anyone can have is with Him. Then paying attention to everything else He said is the wisest thing anyone can do. Then refusing to accept Him as one’s personal Lord and Savior is the greatest mistake one could ever make!
Jesus is God. What will you do with Him? What will you let Him do with you?
Here is the Good News. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” You may believe on Him now, receive Him as your Lord and God today, and be saved forever. Wow!
I pray you do.