"More people than ever before are following Jesus. He is at the heart of the Christian faith, not church or morals or anything else. The key question is therefore 'What do you think of Jesus Christ?' "
Jesus of Nazareth never wrote a book, never held political or religious office, never commanded armies, and yet many would agree that He has been the most influential figure ever to walk upon this planet.
The accounts of his life in the Bible are peppered with people who are ‘amazed’ at him. The world is now full of people who find Him their inspiration and look to Him as their hope and their role model. He has more followers in more countries of the world now, than ever before, and the community of his followers worldwide is growing more quickly now than ever.
The heart of the Christian faith is Jesus; not church, or morals, or anything else. All of these other things may stem from an encounter with Jesus Christ, but He is the heart and source of it all.
The key question is therefore, what do you think of Jesus Christ? (Click on More About Jesus to find out more)
A Christian is not someone who is better than anyone else. A Christian is someone who has decided to follow Jesus Christ. No one is disqualified by not being good enough. Jesus said (and upset many religious people by saying) “I have come not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” To those who receive Him, He then gives the gift of the Holy Spirit to enliven and equip the changed life He offers.This means He loves us so much that He accepts us just as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us exactly as we are. (Click on What Is a Christian? to find out more)
As one of Jesus’ disciples, Philip, said to a friend of his, Nathaniel, who was very sceptical, “Come and see”. As a modern writer has suggested, ‘Run an experiment. We all learn how to live from somebody: our parents, our peers, favourite writers, our appetites, our boss, or a vague combination of these. Try learning how to live from Jesus. Come and see. Whatever your ideas about religion might be, you can try being a student of Jesus. And that’s a very good place to start.
Do you know what Jesus said about anything? Try living accordingly. Take a stab at removing contempt from your life, and see how life runs. See how well you are able to do it. Try living as if there is a heavenly Father who cares for and listens to you. Try living “without worry” one day at a time. You have to go through tomorrow anyway. Try it with Jesus. Come and see.’ (‘Who Is This Man’ by John Ortberg. (Zondervan 2012)
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