Outrageous Claims!

Jesus made many astonishing claims about himself which often got him into trouble. He said the sorts of thing that only God could really say. Jesus used the phrase ‘I am’ many times in the Gospel of John (the phrase ‘I am’ itself if was claim to divinity). We’re going to think through the implications of some of these claims in the sermon serious detailed below. Please come along and be challenged and hopefully encouraged in your faith. At the bottom of the page is a quote by C.S. Lewis (The author of ‘The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe) which puts an interesting angle on these claims.

  April 29th

  I am the true vine (John 15:1)

  June 17th

  I am He (John 4:26)

  July 15th

  I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)

  August 12th

  I am the bread of life (John 6:35)

  Sept 23rd

  I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)

  Oct 21st

  I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25)

  Nov 18th

  Before Abraham was, I am (John 8:58)

  Dec 9th

  I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11)

(Programme may be subject to change …)

A quote from C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) …

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 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. 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. ... Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.


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