Liar, Lunatic, or Lord
19 When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him. 20 Some said, “He’s demon possessed and out of his mind. Why listen to a man like that?” 21 Others said, “This doesn’t sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
John 10:19-21 (NLT)
I don't read much outside of fiction. Textbooks, educational books, even—gulp—theological books feel like swimming laps through molasses. I get a workout, but I don't enjoy it. Fiction's more my speed. One of my favorite book series to read and actively look forward to reading to my kids is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Likely because Lewis masterfully braids higher truths into terms kids—and I—can understand.
The series is full of Biblical allegory as the lives of multiple people get swept up in the parallel fantasy world of Narnia, one of whom is a little girl named Lucy. The first to discover this magical world, none of her siblings believe her because it sounds so illogical and so they go to an adult:
“Logic!" said the Professor half to himself. "Why don't they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn't tell lies, and it is obvious that she is not mad. For the moment then and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.”
–“The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.”
We find a similar situation here in verses 19-21. At this point Jesus turned tap water into fine wine, fed thousands with some rolls and fish sticks, strolled a waterway, and is just fresh from giving the best eye appointment of a blind man's life, yet people are still divided as to who or what He really is.
It isn’t until later in verse 25 that Jesus says, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is what I do in the name of my Father.” Speaking of fathers, my own Pops pointed out to me that each devotional has highlighted one of Jesus’s miracles. I really wasn't surprised.
Christ’s miracles prove He is neither liar or lunatic, logic says He must be Lord of all our life.
Turning water into wine shows me Christ is the Lord of the moments we celebrate. Feeding the 5,000 tells me He is Lord over my needs. His walk on water speaks of a Lord whose care for His people reaches through any storm life brings. And sight to the blind—I feel that one speaks for itself.
In our testimonies, struggles, and lives, we must look at Christ and the truth of who He is. Whether we’ve known Him a day or a lifetime, there is always more to discover.
Lord, thank you for making things simple. I often overcomplicate things, making it difficult to see the logical truth: You are Lord. Help me to see your miracles not as things You can do for me, but proof you are rightful Lord over all aspects of my life. I recognize you as Lord and place You and Your will over my own. In Jesus name, amen.