Remember the story of The Wizard of Oz? We recently introduced it to our children – they loved it! Dorothy is lost – far from Kansas/family/friends/comfort. She’s pursued by a wicked witch – due to an unfortunate poor landing of a house, and all she wants to do is go home. Dorothy learns of a way – the “wonderful wizard of Oz” and that he just might be able to help her get home. So, she follows the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. (try not to sing the song the rest of this Wednesday – you’re welcome).
Sadly, when she arrives to the Emerald City, she discovers the wizard to be a fraud, he’s not a wizard at all! He’s a pretender, a phony, and a fake. Eventually, Dorothy makes it home, but no thanks to that charlatan wizard!
Okay, sometimes we don’t realize how important it is that people actually are who they say they are. Being who you claim to be is essential to being able to do what you claim you can do. Falsely claiming to be a doctor might comfort the sick until it is time to actually diagnose and cure the disease. Falsely claiming to be a CPA might save your friends some money, but it could cost them a nice visit from the IRS!
The point is to take a second today and consider Jesus Christ. He either is who He said he was, and did what he said he would do, or well, he didn’t. I can’t force you to believe this, but take some time and read the reaction of one of his disciples in John 20:28, when after some skepticism, Thomas exclaimed “My Lord and my God!”
“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.”
-C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 56.
The question you and I and everyone must consider today is this – who do you say that Jesus is?