Who is Jesus?

“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 said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a 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. 

This often quoted statement from the famed author and apologist contains reason that requires a decision. That is exactly what Jesus demanded from those who heard his message. We need to believe and confess his divinity to truly follow him (Matthew 16:15,16). Jesus was not crucified because he was a revolutionary or a charismatic leader that threatened the establishment. He, as a living breathing human, made outrageous claims of being the eternal God that preexisted creation. He claimed the power to forgive sins, which according to his religious Judaism - only God could (and that is still true, but Jesus is God!). He claimed to have all authority in heaven (and in earth) and that his words had more authority than the Old Testament (believed by him and his followers as God’s word). He allowed and encouraged his followers to worship him and pray to him. He performed miracles that have been documented in secular non religious sources of antiquity. He claimed that only through trusting him could anyone receive eternal life in ‘his kingdom’. He was narrow-minded compared to our current pluralistic belief systems. He was intolerant of false teachers and warned us not to be deceived by false prophets. In his words, not every religion was valid and not every religious founder was truly a messenger from God. 

Ultimately, his awe inspiring resurrection sealed his claim to divine personhood. Jesus was not a man who ascended to a spiritual level of godship or oneness with the universe. In contrast, Jesus created all things seen and unseen. He took on the form of his creation by humbling himself as a man. The majority of his creation rejected him but a small group of fearful followers remembered his words, documented his miraculous works and witnessed a first hand account of his resurrection. These ordinary men had no profit or fame for spreading the message of his death, resurrection and divinity. They routinely faced persecution and the overwhelming majority suffered cruel deaths. Even the most doubtful among them, (doubting Thomas) trembled when he seen the risen Savior and said “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:28). He was killed by a spear in India in 72 A.D. for preaching the message - Jesus Christ is Lord and God.

Move the Earth believes that Jesus was the sinless perfect Savior, the Son of God.