A reflection from Easter Sunday
“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.“
C.S. Lewis famously wrote this in Mere Christianity to argue in favour of the Christian faith. Based on Jesus’ own words, Lewis argues, Jesus is either a liar, a madman, or truly the Son of God.
It’s unfortunate that ‘nice’ isn’t a category that either Lewis or the Bible allows Jesus to fall into—’nice’ or ’moral’ would perhaps be a lot more comfortable for us. It is hugely challenging, but this Easter may be the time to really wrestle with who Jesus is and whether or not all these stories about him are true.
Jesus once asked his disciples who they thought he was. What would you say if he asked you the same question?