As a parent, you learn that you can’t give a broad choice when you need your child to do something. If you have to go to the store, you ask something like, “Do you want to go to the store now, or after your snack?” However, my kids could see that ploy a mile away, and would just give another answer that wasn’t one of the options. We seem to do that a lot with Jesus. He was a good teacher; He was a great guy; I like what He says. All of that is well and good. He does have a lot to say that helps to make a better world. But, in His own time, He only gave people two options. He tells the Pharisees, “Before Abraham came to be, I AM.” I AM is the name of God, and Jesus is clearly saying that He is God. If you are a Pharisee, you have two and only two choices. Either this guy is truly God, or he is placing himself on the same level as God, which is so offensive that it deserves death. There is no in between. You believe in me or you kill me. It is all or none. It was never Jesus’ goal to be a good teacher. He had way more to offer, and letting anyone settle for less was not an option.


About Karen May

Child of God, wife, mom, author, teacher, musician
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