Dr. Swisher, Is Jesus really God?  Josiah, Bowling Green, Ohio

Hello Josiah.  When you think about it, we only have three options as to who Jesus Christ is  You see, Jesus claimed to be God. He said things like, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”  He claimed to be God many times and put action behind those assertions..  That means one of three things:    

He is who He says
He is the biggest liar in history
He was mentally unstable

I’ve heard people say, “Jesus was a good man.  A great teacher.”  He couldn’t just be a so called good man.  For example if I said “I’m Stephen Swisher I’m a great teacher and skillful leader,” you might say “Okay, I’ll accept that.”  But if I said to you “ I’m Stephen Swisher and I’m God and the only way to Heaven.”   Then you would have a choice to make.  You couldn’t say I was just a good person because a good person wouldn’t say that unless it were true.  In this example of course it’s not. 

Jesus didn’t just claim to be God He backed it up.  The seminal event in this story and in all of human history is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  This is what we celebrate on Easter Sunday each year.

The Bible repeatedly reminds us there are only two directions in life toward Christ or away from Him. We can accept Him or reject Him.  It is our choice. 

If you’re not quite sure of your decision. We would love for you to join us at Epworth UMC this morning.  Let us help you find reasons to make the most important decision of your life by accepting Jesus into your heart and believing in Him.

Stephen Lowell Swisher