C. S. Lewis, author of “Mere Christianity” gives us three choices in answering who Jesus is. The beginning of his quote follows with two of the choices.
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.”
The writer of the Book of Hebrews through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit fills us in on the third choice. Jesus is who he said.
Jesus is the –
- “Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
- by whom also he made the worlds;
- Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person
- , and upholding all things by the word of his power
- when he had by himself purged our sins,
- sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…
- Thou art my Son … Thy throne is for ever and ever… (from chapter 1)
Son of God, heir of God, Creator, revelation of the glory of God, all powerful, answer for our sins, eternal.
He is –
- “Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,
- crowned with glory and honour;
- that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
- For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory,
- to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings …
- Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;
- that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
- And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (from chapter 2)
Jesus is the Son of man – God clothed in flesh – the suffering Servant who bought our deliverance from death. He is the devil’s destroyer. He is our freedom fighter. He is crowned with glory and honor. These verses eliminate C. S. Lewis’s second choice. He cannot be the devil for it is him He destroyed. And Jesus is eternal.
In chapter 3 we are asked to –
“consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession,
Jesus is the Apostle, the one sent of God to reveal God’s glory (see John 17:3 and John 1:14-18). He is our High Priest, our door to the Father.
- “Seeing then that we have a great high priest,
- that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
- For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;
- but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin …
- Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
- And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
- Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” (From chapters 4 & 5)
As our high priest, Jesus is the –
- “hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that which entereth into that within the veil;
- Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec …
- but this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
- Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him,
- seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
- For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;” (from chapters 6 & 7).
Jesus is our sure hope – author of our salvation – the way to the Father. He is able to save. He is holy. He knows what it is to be human.
Jesus is –
- “the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises …
- I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord:
- For all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
- For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (from chapter 8).
Jesus fulfilled the old covenant ushering in the new whereby we can personally know the Lord and our sins are remembered no more.
Jesus is our high priest who takes us into the holy place of the new covenant.
- “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
- Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us …
- he is the mediator of the new testament that by the means of death …
- For Christ has not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself,
- now to appear in the presence of God for us.” (from chapter 9)
Jesus is the way into the holy place of God. He is standing in for us until He brings us home.
Jesus will appear again.
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;
and unto them that look for him
shall he appear the second time
without sin unto salvation.” (9:28)
Jesus is this man –
“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
sat down on the right hand of God;
For yet a little while,
and he that shall come will come,
and will not tarry.”
(from chapter 10)
He is seated on God’s right hand with all power and authority. It is only a little while until He comes. He will come and He won’t be late.
The faithful before Christ saw the promises of God by faith.
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth …
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
God having provided some better things for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” (from Chapter 11)
Jesus is the Provider of the better things – the better revelation of the Father, the better promises of the new covenant, the better high priest, the better sacrifice, the better hope of a better glory.
Why would we want to look to another when –
“we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (12:1-3)
Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.
Chapter 13 brings us to this conclusion –
- “The Lord is my helper,
- and I will not fear what man shall do unto me …
- Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever …
- We have an altar …Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”
Jesus is our unchanging helper and the altar upon which we fall for sanctification.
C. S. Lewis’s quote ends with –
“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.”