He does not draw attention to his lessons. He draws all attention to himself. These are claims about who Jesus is. “Follow Me and live forever.” “Believe in Me and rise on the last day.” “Trust in Me and never die.”
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1617
From the beginning Jesus says things no man is allowed to say, at least not a Jew speaking to other Jews. He says he existed before he was born. He says any sin he pardons is forgiven, as if he is the one any sin has wronged. He says honor due the Father is due him. He says final judgment in the final day falls to him. He says he is drink for the thirsty and bread for the hungry, so they will never thirst or hunger again. He says those who trust in him will live, even if they die.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1604
It should be obvious that Jesus yearned for people to believe in him. The religion of Jesus was also a religion about Jesus: Continue reading
The lost need a leader. Sinners need a Savior. Jesus believed he was that man.
— Douglas Groothuis, from Jesus in An Age of Controversy, p. 235
It wasn’t His claim of being “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6) that struck me. He had the audacity to forgive someone’s sins (Mark 2:1-12). He boasted that if you didn’t believe in Him, you’d die in your sins (John 8:24) because you were condemned already (John 3:18). Continue reading