Have you ever met a man who is the center of
attention wherever he goes? Some mysterious, indefinable characteristic sets
him apart from all other men. Well, that’s the way it was two thousand years
ago with Jesus Christ. But it wasn’t merely Jesus’ personality that captivated
those who heard him. Those who witnessed his words and life tell us that
something about Jesus of Nazareth was different from all other men.
Jesus’ only credentials were himself. He never
wrote a book, commanded an army, held a political office, or owned property. He
mostly traveled within a hundred miles of his village, attracting crowds who
were amazed at his provocative words and stunning deeds.
Yet Jesus’ greatness was obvious to all those
who saw and heard him. And while most great people eventually fade into history
books, Jesus is still the focus of thousands of books and unparalleled media
controversy. And much of that controversy revolves around the radical claims
Jesus made about himself—claims that astounded both his followers and his
It was primarily Jesus’ unique claims that
caused him to be viewed as a threat by both the Roman authorities and the
Jewish hierarchy. Although he was an outsider with no credentials or political
powerbase, within three years, Jesus changed the world for the next 20
centuries. Other moral and religious leaders have left an impact—but nothing
like that unknown carpenter’s son from Nazareth.
What was it about Jesus Christ that made the
difference? Was he merely a great man, or something more?
These questions get to the heart of who Jesus
really was. Some believe he was merely a great moral teacher; others believe he
was simply the leader of the world’s greatest religion. But many believe
something far more. Christians believe that God has actually visited us in
human form. And they believe the evidence backs that up.
After carefully examining Jesus’ life and
words, former Cambridge professor and skeptic, C. S. Lewis, came to a startling
conclusion about him that altered the course of his life. So who is the real
Jesus? Many will answer that Jesus was a great moral teacher. As we take a
deeper look at the world’s most controversial person, we begin by asking: could
Jesus have been merely a great moral teacher?