"Even those who are not persuaded by Christianity often have great respect for Jesus. Among those who reject the idea that Jesus was God incarnate, there are many who are nevertheless followers of him to some degree. 'Jesus was a great moral teacher', some say, 'but he wasn’t God'. According to this view, Jesus is to be followed as a great human being, but not as a divine one. This idea that Jesus was merely a great human being, i.e. a great human being but nothing more, is, as C.S. Lewis argued in Part 2 of Mere Christianity, indefensible." [a]
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, 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. ... Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God." - C.S Lewis [b]
Did Jesus really exist? Is there any historical evidence of Jesus Christ?
"There is overwhelming evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ, both in secular and biblical history. Perhaps the greatest evidence that Jesus did exist is the fact that literally thousands of Christians in the first century A.D., including the twelve apostles, were willing to give their lives as martyrs for Jesus Christ. People will die for what they believe to be true, but no one will die for what they know to be a lie." [c]
"It is not enough to simply have an intellectual belief in or agreement with Jesus. The demons believe and they tremble. You must put on the Lord Jesus Christ and, by faith, trust Him to save you the same way you would trust a parachute." [d]
I also commend to you the following items:
Three Proofs that Jesus Really Existed? by Dr. Adrian Rogers
Why Did We Need a Virgin Birth in Bethlehem? by Dr. Adrian Rogers
Dr. Ray Pritchard - "The Cradle And The Cross: Simeon's Song" (from the The Songs of Christmas series - 1991) Sermon Transcript
Dr. Steve Lawson - "Who is Jesus Christ?" (Colossians 1) Video
John MacArthur - Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord? (Mark 3:20-35) Video Audio
John Ankerberg Show with Dr. John Ankerberg - Jesus Christ: Liar? Lunatic? Legend? or God?
Prophecies of the Messiah by Michael Gleghorn
Jesus: Born To Die - Our Daily Bread