Jesus made some extraordinary claims for himself. He claimed to be the Son of Man,
an apocalyptic figure in the Old Testament who was intended to rule creation, and
to be the Son of God. One of his claims is found in the Gospels - here it is in one
passage in Mark:-
But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are
you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" And Jesus said, "I am, and you will see
the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."
However, Jesus is also known as the Christ (Messiah) in the earliest documents that
refer to him. His claims are that he is the greatest being that there has ever been
apart from God. The question that those who think about him have to ask is whether
those claims are true.
The classical “Trilemma” argument starts with the observation that Jesus claimed
to be the Son of God and then goes on to consider the two options of whether the
claims are true or the claims are false.
Suppose that the claims are false. In this case Jesus claimed to be the Son of God,
but he was making an untrue claim. He must either have been aware that the claim
was false, or he was not aware of the fact.
Suppose that Jesus was making a false claim and knew that he was doing this. In this
case he was telling a deliberate untruth, which means that he was a liar. However,
it is difficult to believe that someone who effectively set the standard by which
human ethics can be judged based his teaching on a lie. If one reads the teaching
of Jesus it is clearly not the teaching of an immoral man.
Suppose, on the other hand, that Jesus made a false claim and did not know that he
was doing this. In this case he would be deluded, in fact so much deluded that he
would be considered as a lunatic, on a level with someone who believes that they
are Napoleon. The teachings of Jesus are clearly the teachings of a great mind. There
is no possibility that they could be the words of a lunatic.
This only leaves one option, that the claims are true. Jesus really is the Son of
God, the greatest being below God and the coming king of the world. If this is the
case there is only one option remaining, which is to accept him as Lord.
What’s Special about Jesus
The claims that Jesus makes are great but the evidence to support them is also great.
Click here to download a pdf document which examines the claims and produces the
The argument that Jesus is the Son of God is supported by additional evidence. Jesus
was known universally as a miracle worker in the ancient world. This is underwritten
by the one miracle for which the evidence is overwhelming; this, of course is the
resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection is the most important sign that Jesus is
approved by God, and that he is who he claims to be.
Other supporting evidence to support the claims of Jesus comes from fulfilled prophecy.
There are two parts to this evidence. Jesus himself provided prophecy. His main prophecy
is the Olivet Prophecy which is found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. This predicts
the fall of Judea to the Romans and the destruction of the Temple 40 years after
the resurrection. Its other prediction is that Jerusalem would again be under Jewish
control after a long time. In addition to this Jesus fulfils prophecies made of him
in the Old Testament, some of them written almost one and a half millennia before
he was born.