this changes everything.

I’ve been going to a Bible study on Tuesday nights for the past few weeks.  We’re going through Mark and looking at Jesus’ life and ministry.  Mike (who leads the study) was talking about an outreach he had done in France once.  He had been talking to these two German guys afterward and as he was sharing the Gospel with them, they were getting really worked up and Mike thought they wanted to fight him.  He assured them that it was cool and they could chill.  Turns out these guys had no intention to fight Mike.  What they responded with was this:

“If what you’re saying is true, it changes EVERYTHING.”

They were getting so tense and worked up because they realized the implications of what Mike was sharing with them.  They knew that if it was true, their lives would not (and could not) ever look the same.

Mike’s point in sharing the story was this: there is no middle ground with Jesus.  He’s either Lord of ALL or He’s a crazy person.  In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis put it this way:

“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 good moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a 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 patronising nonsense about His being a great moral teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

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