His claims were true, or His claims were false. Now if His claims are false there are two alternatives: 1) He knew that they were false, or 2) He did not know they were false.
Now, if He did not know His teachings were false then that would mean He was sincerely deluded and if He was sincerely deluded then that would make Him a lunatic on the level of someone that would call themselves a poached egg.
Now there’s another alternative. Remember, His claims were either false, or His claims were true. You can’t come up with that nonsense that He was just a good moral teacher. He never left that alternative open with what He claimed about Himself.
Now if His claims were true then that would mean He is Lord. And if He is Lord then that leads to two alternatives: 1) you can accept it, or 2) you can reject it.
This is where I had a decision to make, and I finally that night, at 8:30 at night, I made that decision: I accept Him as Lord and Savior and I placed my trust in Him and accept His forgiveness.
I was lecturing in a Jewish seminary and I brought up this concept of a trilemma and a Jewish student says, “Well I disagree with you. I do not believe He was the Messiah, the Son of God.”
I said, “Well, do you believe He was a liar?”
I said, “Do you believe He was a lunatic?”
I said, “Do you believe He was Lord and God?”
“NO.” He said, “I don’t know what I believe but it wasn’t one of those three.”
I said, “Wait a minute, what other alternative do you have, unless you are a lunatic?”
I concluded Jesus is who He claimed to be and that means He laid claims upon my life and upon your life.