Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lord, Liar or Lunatic

August 5, 2010

The life of Jesus. Read Today: Division among the Jews:John 10:19 - 21

John 10:19-21 (Green's Modern King James Version)

19 Then a division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.
20 And many of them said, He has a demon and is insane. Why do you hear him?
21 Others said, These are not words of one who has been possessed by a demon. A demon is not able to open the eyes of blind ones.  

Years ago, there was a witness tool that people would use.  They would ask what people thought Jesus was.  They tried to steer the conversation to one of three choices. Jesus was either the Lord of all (so follow Him), a liar (who would have been found out and not followed) or a lunatic (same).  Obviously the last two came with built in conclusions that would steer the conversation to Jesus had to be Lord.

It looks like the people of Jesus day had the same conversation.  Only they broke it down to Lord and lunatic.  And just like today, there was division over the answer.  The thing is, they made the decision.

Too often we want to let Jesus be a part of our live.  He lives out on the edges, we call Him in when we need Him.  He is not really our Lord.  I read a Christian humor column that talks about a current song ‘Jesus take the wheel’, and he quipped, and rightly so, we may give Jesus the wheel but we keep our feet on the gas and break pedals to help out.  In doing so, He is not Lord of all.

Time to ask yourself, Lord, Liar, or Lunatic?  

Read for next time: Seventy Sent Out; Luke: 10: 1 - 16
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