The first of the two most important questions asked of Jesus is: Who are You? (John 7:12)
This question can be asked of Him as long as He is with the crowd, as long as He’s at arms length to each of us. But when He invades our world, everything changes.
Now we are faced with the second most important question asked of Jesus: Can we believe what You say? Are Your words true? And what exactly are You saying to us? (John 7:16-18).
Or, to summarize CS Lewis’ statement in Mere Christianity:
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 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. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
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The following is a study on John 7:15-24.