There have always been individuals or groups who have tried to claim that Jesus never said He was God. They would rather say He was a great moral teacher, or a wonderful example of love, but not God. This, however, can’t stand up against a clear reading of Jesus’ words in the Gospels. To the Jewish leaders He said, “before Abraham was born I Am”.(John 8:58) He was taking the holy name of God for Himself, and it almost got Him stoned. To the disciple Philip He said, “I and the Father are one”.(John 10:30) There are many other references throughout the Gospels. C.S. Lewis wrote about such claims saying, “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He 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 of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.” Each one must make a choice about Jesus, and it is a choice that touches every part of one’s life.
My flight into Baltimore was delayed getting in last night. There were severe thunder storms in the vicinity that shut the airport down for about an hour and a half. Numerous planes in distant cities, all destined for Baltimore, were unable to take off. Man has the intelligence to carry hundreds of people from one place to another at high rates of speed, as well as devise thousands of other technical marvels. Yet, there is always something that declares to him, “You are not in control. You are not God. I Am.” That is the holy name of God. Yahweh. The Great I Am. (Exodus 3:14) Mankind has been fighting that lesson for millennia, ever since it was first given to Moses. It is time we heard Him speak, humbling ourselves, and seeking His wisdom above our own.