“The officers answered, ‘Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.'” (John 7:46)
These officers (basically the Temple police) were no trained theologians, yet they could recognize what is plain to everyone. No one — ever — has spoken like Jesus did. And His words are such a powerful witness for who He really was — and is!
The words Jesus spoke during His time here here on earth are truly godlike, convicting, piercing, comforting, timely, unassailable. Among them:
“Render to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and to God the things which are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)
“Neither do I condemn you; now go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
But the thing is, in addition to these sayings — amazing in their content, timely in their delivery, silencing the wisest and most vehement of His enemies — He also declared that He was GOD! As C.S. Lewis so poignantly reasoned: Was He mad? Was He lying? If so, then how could He have had the mental or ethical acuity to have produced such things? It is inconceivable that these words which have touched millions and drawn them to heaven, were spoken by a madman or a deceiver. No, it is easier to believe that He really was God, than to give credence to either of those alternatives!
The witness of Jesus’ words indicates who He really was — and IS! For “never has a man spoken the way this man speaks”!