ESM Baptism 2012 Introduction

In this post post-modern & post-Christian era, the average person is no longer interested in questioning whether Jesus Christ was a real person or not. In fact, most people would be happy to concede that Jesus was indeed a real historical figure and had great influence on many in his time. But despite this admission, to most people Jesus was only a very good man and a great moral teacher.

In his book Mere Christianity (Fount Paperbacks, 1977), C.S. Lewis argues that if Jesus is NOT who he claims he is, he would thus either be a lunatic or the Devil of Hell. Therefore, one must decide for him/herself whether this man is a madman, something worse, or indeed the Son of God. Lewis continues, “But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” (p52)

Lewis was right. For when you read everything that Jesus has to say, recorded in the pages of the New Testament Bible, there is no further option for us to choose. For instance, Jesus once said that he is the way, the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except through him (John 14:6). To make such a claim, He is either crazy or he is indeed the Lord of the universe.

The Christian faith has been passed down and circulated for almost 2000 years in the midst of all kinds of objections and rejection; marginalisation and persecution. Those who have been converted to different ideologies have died alongside them when their respective movements hit the road’s end. But Christianity stands and will remain standing until Jesus returns.

Why is this so? It is because 2000 years ago, it wasn’t only a mere man who died on the cross. It was God who became a man who died on that cross. Through Jesus, we are no longer alienated from God; we have become His children.

The mark of Cain (Genesis 4:8-16) is all about God’s grace – the grace where the guilty one goes free. The grace that is fully paid for and manifested in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And the mark of Cain became the mark of the Holy Spirit – a seal and a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance into God’s kingdom.

(edited by Andy Tan)