From the Office of the Messiah

When I read Jesus' prophesy that many “Christs” would come in His name,
I never thought I might receive a personal email from one of them.
Apparently this "heavenly representative" found
AbsoluteTruth.Net and decided to enlighten me with some “real truth”
directly from what he called the “Office of the Messiah.”

I perused this man's material with interest . . . his repeated calls
for humanity to live in peace, followed by chilling reminders that a
failure to heed his warning would mean certain doom. At first, I
thought this was just jab at faith in Christ; a satirical claim of
Messiahship by an atheist seeking to prove a point.

But I was wrong.

“Terry” as we'll call him here, is a married man in his early 60's who
really believes himself to commune with the Divine; sent directly from
heaven to shine light on the darkness of the human world. His message
for me? “Seek deep Daniel - all that deny me will soon be in hell.”

I decided to interact a little with Terry in an attempt to discover how
a thinking person could ever arrive at such an absurd conclusion. Why did he believe himself to be the Messiah?

But that question stopped me. After all, Jesus claimed to be the
Messiah. There are many who would assert that the claims of Jesus are
on the same intellectual footing as the claims of Terry. What's the
difference? Why would we laugh out loud at Terry's claims, yet
willingly sacrifice our lives because of the claims of Jesus?

Paul, the great skeptic-turned-apostle, was not easily convinced that
Jesus' claims had any merit. Yet just a few years after he "saw the
light," we find him in the midst of Greek intellectuals, proclaiming
that ". . . we should not think that the divine being is like gold or
silver or stone -- an image made by man's design and skill. In the past
God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people
everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world
with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to
all men by raising him from the dead.
" (Acts 17:29-31, emphasis added)

Paul knew that a claim to Godhood or Messiahship was not a matter to be
left up to blind faith or conjecture. Such a supernatural claim would
need supernatural proof.

God provided proof by raising Jesus Christ from the dead. In light of
the resurrection, we can have confidence that Jesus Christ is the one
(and only) Messiah, and that one day, even people like Terry will bow
and confess Him as Lord of all.

For further discussion related to the resurrection of Jesus, click here.


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