First, they tell us that Jesus Christ stood at the grave of Lazarus and wept, and that that proves Him to be just a man. But they seem to forget that the blessed Christ not only wiped the tears of His beautiful eyes as a man, but He spoke the life-giving word and said, "Lazarus, come forth," and immediately the man that was dead and bound in the tomb now stands in the presence of that multitude wonderfully alive. So if Jesus was a man when He wept, He was God when He called the dead man out of the grave.
Again, they tell us that Jesus was a man because He stood on the mountain-side and preached the gospel, and that proves Him, they say, to be a man. We gladly accept that statement, but in the same hour He looked up to heaven and gave thanks and took five barley loaves and two little fish and brake them and handed them to His disciples and they handed them to the great multitude and with this prayer and thanksgiving at what we would call the dinner table, Jesus Christ proves Himself to be God, for with the small quantity of food He fed five thousand men beside the women and children. If His preaching on the mountain-side proves Him to be a man, His feeding the multitude proves Him to be a God. Now don't forget these two wonderful facts that we find in this lesson, and they both took place within one day and probably within one hour of each other.
The first thing I want you to remember is that Jesus Christ preached like a man; the second thing is that He multiplied bread and fish like a God. Again the people tell us that they know Jesus was a man because He went out on the mountain-side on another occasion and spent many of the dark hours of the night in prayer. They tell us that that proves Him to be a man, for God never goes to the hills and holds prayermeetings. But they seem to have overlooked the fact that while Jesus was on the mountain-side in prayer that His disciples were in the middle of the Sea of Galilee in a little boat and a fearful storm was raging, and at a late hour of the night the blessed Son of God rose from His knees and walked down that beautiful mountain slope until He came to the raging sea, and now behold Him as He walked over those raging waves as though He was stepping on cement blocks. The reader will have to admit that if the Son of God prayed like a man on the mountain-side He walked the raging waves of the sea like a God. So we accept these two facts and rejoice in them both, that He prayed like a man on the mountain-side but walked the waves of Galilee like a God. If one proves His personality the other proves His divinity.
Again they tell us that they know He was a man because on another occasion they were crossing the Sea of Galilee, and it seemed that the Son of God was tired, and manlike He laid down on a pillow in the back part of the little ship and went to sleep. We are told that He was a man because they say God never takes a nap, therefore Jesus was only a man. But we would have the critic to know He was more than a man even upon this occasion, for while the little boat rocked and the Son of God slept, a dark cloud swept down over the Judean hills, and it seemed the storm hung heavy over that little sea, but evidently the Devil was too well posted to believe he could destroy a boat with the Son of God in it. Nevertheless the storm swept down over Galilee and while the waves were raging the disciples became excited; they hurried to their sleeping Master and shook Him and said, "Master, carest thou not that we perish?" And He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea and they obeyed Him and immediately every blue breaker went back into his hole and put away their white caps and they behaved themselves as though they knew that their Creator had arrived on the scene. To any thinking mind these two facts prove not only the personality of the Son of God, but His divinity. If He slept like a man which He did, and we believe and rejoice in, and we might say, if that was a man that was taking a nap, who was that that commanded the storm and the sea? It will be plain to the reader that nobody but God can command a storm and a raging sea, and immediately receive from them strict obedience. Beloved, if that doesn't prove that Jesus Christ was the divine Son of God, and He has all power in heaven and in earth there is no use to look for facts either in the Bible or out of it.
Again, they tell us that they know that Jesus Christ was just a man because that after His boat had landed on the coast of the Gadarenes that Jesus came out of the boat and sat down on the bank and had a little conversation with a gentleman that had a legion of devils in him, but the reader must remember that there is nothing there to prove He wasn't a God, for even the devils in the demoniac cried out and said, "Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" They seemed to know Jesus Christ, and they asked of Him to grant them a request. You say, "What was their request?" Well, it is there in the Book to be found by any man who wants to read it. They asked Him if He cast them out of the man if He would permit them to go into a herd of swine that were feeding on the mountain-side, and Jesus granted them their request. And then they seem to forget that this demoniac had been a terror to that country. He had been bound with all kinds of fetters. He had snapped them off like twine strings. He was a raving madman, a terror to a country, but thank the Lord, after one meeting with the Son of God we see him next clothed and in his right mind and sitting at the feet of Jesus. A few minutes ago he was a demonized, raving maniac, but thank God a few minutes later he was clothed, and in his right mind, and a perfect Christian gentleman. We will thank God till our dying day that Jesus went to that village and cast the legion of devils out of that poor soul.
But we see another picture here that to us is very sad. No sooner had the devils been cast out of the man and they enter the hogs and they run down the . hill and perished in the sea, the reader will notice that the owners of the hogs came out and they besought Jesus to leave their coasts, and Jesus left and as far as we have been able to find, He never returned to that community.
But thank God, He went and gave them one exhibition of His power and glory. It would seem that the sinners and the devils believe that Jesus Christ was God. The devils believed him to be, and we are persuaded that the sinners did also, because they wanted Him to depart. And we know that they believed He was more than man, for in His first visit to their town He handled a man that they had never been able to handle. Thank God, it is just so today. All the cases that are unmanageable by man are manageable by the Son of God. He has met lots of men that in the eyes of their neighbors are hard customers, but Jesus broke their fetters, pardoned their guilt, cleansed their hearts, filled them with the Holy Ghost, made them clean and pure and Christed men, when everybody else had given them up.
The reader will remember here that we started out with the fact that we must take a whole lamb; don't let any of us forget that while it may be possible that some of the great preachers all around you are trying to convince their congregations that Jesus was a good man but no more divine than they themselves, that they are evidently the crowd Jesus referred to when He described some one as a wolf with a sheepskin on him. We are afraid that crowd is increasing, at least it would seem so to a man who travels and looks and listens.
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