“Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man. John 2:23-25
C.S Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity that “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 patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
To hear some pastor’s speak as I have over the last few months you would think that Jesus was a member of the faculty; and in some cases not tenured. The discussion of Baptism, forgiveness, kindness, obedience has been diluted with mega buildings, mega salaries, and missionary trips thousands of miles away when two blocks away families are in need.
I don’t get it. As mentioned in John 2, many people believed in Jesus because of His miracles; but their was no relationship. When there is no relationship with Jesus Christ, then yes, you have one heck of a teacher. Then what is written in Matthew 7 surely will come to play:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23