June 6, 2018
He Must Become Greater
June 6, 2018
When speaking of Jesus in his tome, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis has this to say:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. 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. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Christ calls himself the Son of God. We believe, as Methodists, that Christ is our savior. He is not just a good teacher or a great man. He is God and our Savior. He must be that to us. He must become greater, and we must become less.
QUESTIONS FOR THE FIELD
- Am I living a life that believes Christ’s claim of divinity?
- Do I truly believe he is God’s son?
FAMILY FIELD TALK
- In what ways is Jesus similar to God the Father?
Lord, forgive us when we forget you. Forgive us when we falter in our belief. Forgive our doubt. Help us to have faith in your promises. Amen.