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Updated: Aug 16, 2020

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Today’s homily in one sentence

Today’s message is: Is Jesus who He say He is?

HOMILY NOTES A. The call of Moses

  • Exodus 3:7-15:

  • But the LORD said: I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry against their taskmasters, so I know well what they are suffering. Therefore I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them up from that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. Now indeed the outcry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen how the Egyptians are oppressing them. Now, go! I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt. But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” God answered: I will be with you; and this will be your sign that I have sent you. When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will serve God at this mountain. “But,” said Moses to God, “if I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what do I tell them?” God replied to Moses: I am who I am. Then he added: This is what you will tell the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you. God spoke further to Moses: This is what you will say to the Israelites: The LORD, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever; this is my title for all generations.”

  • The literal Greek translation of I AM is “egō eimi”

B. Jesus’ response to Peter in today’s Gospel

  • Today’s Gospel, Matthew 14:27: “At once [Jesus] spoke to them, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.’”

  • The literal Greek translation of it is I is “egō eimi”

C. Who did Jesus say He was?

  • Modern “voices” dilute Jesus, painting Him as a righteous man, a holy prophet, or a virtuous teacher.

  • Jesus is the only historically religious figure who intentionally draws attention to Himself.

D. Liar, lunatic, or Lord

  • From C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952)

  • “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him”

  • “The one thing we must not say: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’”

  • Jesus never claimed a great moral teacher. He claimed to be God. There are only three logical conclusions.

E. Logical conclusion no. 1: He is liar

  • He said He was God and He knew He wasn’t.

  • What’s the problem with this argument? The words of a liar don’t lead to miracles from His words.

F. Logical conclusion no. 2: He is a lunatic

  • He said He was God, believed He was, but wasn’t.

  • What’s the problem with this argument? Lunatics don’t have the positive impact or miracles as such.

G. Logical conclusion no. 3: He is the Lord

  • He is who He said He is.

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