Who is Jesus and Why is He Important?
C. S. Lewis on the God/Man called Jesus
What, then, is the difference which He (Jesus) has
made in the whole human mass? It is just this; that
the business of becoming a son of God, of being
turned from a created thing into a begotten thing, of
passing over from the temporary biological life into
timeless "spirtual" life, has been done for us.
Humanity is already "saved" in principle. We
individuals have to appropriate that salvation. But
the really tough work-- the bit we could not have
done ourselves - has been done for us. We have
not got to try to climb up into spiritual life by our
own efforts; it has already come down into the
human race. If we will only lay ourselves open to
the one Man in whom it was fully present, and who,
in spite of being God, is also a real man, He will do it
in us and for us. C. S. Lewis; Mere Christianity,
bk. IV, chap. 5, para. 8, pp. 156-157
Christ's work of making New Men, (is like)... turning
a horse into a winged creature... It is not mere
improvement but Transformation.
It is a change that goes off in a totally different
direction-- a change from being creatures of God to
being sons of God. The first instance appeared in
Palestine two thousand years ago.
--I have called Christ the "first instance" of the new
man. But of course He is something more than that.
He is not merely a new man. He is the origin and
centre and life of all the new men.
C.S. Lewis; Mere Christianity, bk IV, chap. II, para.
1,4,7, pp 183, 185-186
I don't have a dramatic conversion testimony. I was raised in a Christian
home where my parents took my brother and myself to church every Sunday
to both services and to any other services offered at the church. I was exposed
to Christ at an early age as my parents lived what was preached.
As a young boy, I felt I needed something more in my life and I talked to my
Mom. She said that I needed to ask God for forgiveness of my sins and to invite
Jesus into my heart. Well, I did both and I felt better. About this time, I heard
Reverend Billy Graham's preaching and he had a great influence on my life.
However, I did not make a public profession of my faith in Jesus.
Well, when I was in my teenage years and early twenties, I turned my back on
God and went my arrogant way. It wasn't until I married my wife, Becky, and
started going to church again that I realized that I needed to get right with
God. I made a new profession of faith and was baptized. All those many years
before a public profession , I always felt God's presence in my life. However, I
feel complete since I took a stand for Jesus.
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What can you ever really know of other people's souls-- of their
temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole
creation you do know; and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your
hands. If there is a God, you are, in a sense, alone with Him. You cannot
put Him off with speculations about your next door neighbours or
memories of what you have read in books. What will all that chatter and
hearsay count (will you even be able to remember it?) when the
anaesthetic fog which we call "nature" or "the real world" fades away and
the Presence in which you have always stood becomes palpable,
immediate, and unavoidable?
C.S. Lewis; Mere Christianity, Bk. IV, chap. 10, para. 17, pp. 183
To stand before the King of Righteousness
and not have the Prince of Mercy at our side
would make us the Lord of Fools.
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then continue to grow in His image. Stay
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