Trilemma of Christ
JESUS CHRIST is unique. He claimed to be God and He made His identity the focal point of His teaching. The question He put to His followers was, "Who do you say I am?"
Who do you say Jesus is?
What do you think Jesus meant when He claimed to be one with God? Why did the Jews stone Him? What did the Jews who heard Jesus understand Him to mean?
"I am the Father are one."|
The Jews took up stones again to stone Him.
Jesus answered them,
"I showed you many good works from the Father;
for which of them are you stoning Me?"
The Jews answered Him,
"For a good work we do not stone You,
but for blasphemy;
and because You, being a man,
make Yourself out to be God."
There was no ambiguity about Jesus' claim (c.f., Luke 5:20-21). Even the Jews understood perfectly that Jesus was literally claiming to be God. That was why they stoned Him. Who do you say Jesus is? His claim must be considered. I believe there are just two possibilities to this claim:
As we examine all three possible alternatives, you be the judge as to which one is the most probable.
- His claim was FALSE i.e., Jesus was not God.
This can be further broken down into two situations:
- Jesus DID NOT KNOW that his claim was false i.e., He made the claim truly believing that he was God.
- He KNEW his claim was false but he made it anyway.
- His claim was TRUE i.e., Jesus is who claimed to be: God.