By Gary Amirault
What person in history do you know who claimed to be God who still has a significant following? Only one name, a name with perhaps the least credentials stands out. That name is Jesus. Take this to heart. Jesus said He was the way, the truth and the life. He said He was Light of the world, the Good Shepherd, the bread of life and the resurrection. “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.” He said He came to save the world. He suffered a shameful death on a cross/tree forgiving those who put Him there. He claimed He could have called an army of angelic beings to His rescue. Instead He practiced the words He left His disciples. “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute you.” He lived what He preached. “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.”
2,000 years later a third of mankind from all quarters of the world believes His words to be true (although most do not practice them). Billions of others hold His name in high regard. Gandhi said he would be a Christian if it wasn’t for Christians.
Yet He never led an army into great battles, never built great cities or long-lasting religious monuments, left nothing in writing except a mystery in sand yet the world knows Him. Quite a feat for a man who had the audacity to claim He was God in the flesh. Gone are the names of the liars and lunatics who claimed to be God along with those who briefly followed them. But the name Jesus shines brighter and stands firmer and is exalted by more and more followers as time goes on. Read a few of His words:
I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. . . .
I am the Light of the world. . . .
I am the bread of life . . .
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
I am the Good Shepherd. . . .
I and the Father are one. . . .
Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. . . .
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies . . .
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. . . .
Any “man” who would say the above words about himself would ultimately lose his followers. The world would eventually see such a person as a liar or lunatic, but not Lord, not God. Such a person’s name would sink into oblivion. History would not honor the memory of such a name. Yet the most recognized name in the world is the name Jesus. He said things that would have discredited others had they said them. And yet most of the world will not lay the charge of liar or lunatic at Jesus’ feet. Please let this sink in.
“…but He made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in the appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, and the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (Eph. 2:7-11)
Surely one day you will be among them, and be glad.