A Liar, a Lunatic, or the Lord?

Friday, June 28, 2019

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13 KJV).

There is an old expression, “Jesus is one of three—a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord!” Friend, whom do you say He is?

Read the first accusation leveled against Jesus, John 7:12: “And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.” Compare to Matthew 27:62,63: “Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.” To some, Jesus was nothing but a liar, a fraud, an imposter. “And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub [Satan!], and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils” (Mark 3:22).

Now, another insult, Mark 3:20,21: “And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.” Jesus was here called a “crazy,” a nut, someone who should be locked away in an asylum! “And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?” (John 10:20). “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Finally, the Apostle Peter, after Jesus’ resurrection, uttered four words (correctly identifying Him!): “Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea” (John 21:7). See the context of today’s Scripture: “[15] He [Jesus] saith unto them, But whom say ye [believers!] that I am? [16] And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

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