Lunatic, Liar or God?
Was Jesus God?
"From now on you know Him, and have seen Him"
In John Chapter 14, Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through Me. (vs.6) If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” (vs.7)
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” (vs.8) Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father (vs.9)
Jesus had been talking to His disciples about heaven; He had told them He was going there soon to prepare a place for them - to join Him. The disciples were confused and peppered Him with questions about what He said. This is when Jesus made His bold statement about being one and the same as God: “from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” (v.7)
Later, Jesus alluded to His oneness with the Father again, when He prayed for His believers, “that they may be one, just as we are one” (John 17:21) “Just as You are in Me, and I am in You".(John 17:21). ”So just who was Jesus? Was He God? Many new age faiths claim that Jesus was a good man, a prophet even, but not God; some of these faiths have even adopted the teachings of Jesus as codes of conduct for a good person. The problem is that if Jesus believed He was God and He was not, He was either a lunatic or a liar. Why would anyone believe that Jesus was a good man or prophet, and want to follow his teachings if he was a crazy or worse, a liar?
The apostle Paul, who initially did not believe Jesus was God either wrote, “He is the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15). Some would say “we are all the image of God, and sons & daughters of God”. But Jesus, when asked if He were the Messiah, the Christ, the long awaited Savior of the world replied “I am” (Mark 14:61-62, John 8:58, John 18:6). When Jesus said “I am” He identified Himself by the same name that God used for Himself: “I Am Who I Am” (Ex 3:14). Jesus also said that at any time He could call down 12 Legions of Angels to His defense (Matt 26:53).
Was Jesus delusional - a Lunatic, or a Liar? Or was He God, as He said He was? You can decide for yourself, however, do not delude yourself by saying He was a good man, and hold up His teachings as a model - if you really believe He was mentally ill, or a dishonest man. You cannot have it both ways.