Is he real?
Did he have luscious hair?
Did he actually say he was God?
Was he a fashion icon? #JesusSandals
Have you ever asked the question ‘Is Jesus relevant?’
Not ‘did he exist?’… Because there is a vast amount of evidence and writings about Jesus, even outside of the Bible!
The first-century Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus (FLAVIUS… WHAT A NAME), says this: `Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man — if it’s lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles.’ Flav then goes on to talk about his crucifixion and his ‘alleged’ resurrection.
See Jesus was a walking, talking, breathing dude. But what do people say about him?
When I talk to my friends about Jesus and ask them what they think, I usually get the response, ‘He seemed like a top bloke!’ ‘He healed people right? Loved the people who society hated? Made a big deal of women being important? Called out corrupt people? A good teacher? And supposedly “died for my sins”.’But anyway Chris… he seemed like a nice guy, good morals.’
I was once talking to a buddy who said ‘Jesus seems cool, but he’s not relevant to me.’ It made me think. It made me think that Jesus didn’t make that option available. Jesus actually makes some big claims! He claimed that he could forgive sins, heal people, could offer eternal life and that he is God!! (Go read his biographies: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John).
C.S. Lewis, the author of the Chronicles of Narnia was an atheist who tried to disprove God. But after researching, looking at the evidence, and asking the questions, he just couldn’t! He wrote this about Jesus:
“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 patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher.
He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Have you looked at the evidence?
Have you asked questions?
He is relevant, it’s the only option he gives.
If you have questions about life, faith, Jesus, and The Bible, let me encourage you to try out an Alpha Course. Bear Grylls loves Alpha and he is a boss.
Your friend, Chris.