|The Marriage at Cana by Marten de Vos, c. 1596|
Christo-centric questions. In order to focus on the reality of marriage from a Christian perspective, let's begin by turning to the Person of Jesus Christ, on whom everything hinges: Is he who he says he is? And, if so, then what does he reveal about the reality of marriage? And what implications does this have for us?
I. Who is this Jesus?
Liar, Lunatic, or Lord. As C.S. Lewis observed, Jesus of Nazareth was not just some really nice guy, some great moral teacher. Rather, Jesus spoke with an audacity, an other-worldliness and an authority which force us to draw a different conclusion: he is either a deceiver, a madman, or the Eternal One who has entered time. Among the countless almost-unbelievable statements he makes about himself, at one point Jesus goes so far as to say, “before Abraham came to be, I AM” (Jn 8:58). Jesus claims to be Yahweh, the one true God, fully present in the flesh.