Jesus Christ remains the most amazing person who ever lived on this planet.
Wait! Hear me out on this.
Although born in obscurity over 2,000 years ago, the world can’t escape the legacy and global influence of Jesus. No individual comes close to the impact He has made on humanity.
How unexpected is it that this seemingly obscure person— from an even more obscure period of history — continues to make the front page of many non-religious magazines every Easter and Christmas?
“Jesus of Nazareth remains the most important individual who has ever lived. Nobody else has had comparable influence over so many nations for so long. Nobody else has so affected art and literature, music and drama. Nobody else can remotely match his record in the liberation, the healing and the education of mankind. Nobody else has such a multitude not only of followers but of worshippers.”
“Our claim, then, is not just that Jesus was one of the great spiritual leaders of the world. It would be hopelessly incongruous to refer to him as ‘Jesus the Great’, comparable to Alexander the Great, Charles the Great, or Napoleon the Great. Jesus is not ‘the Great’; he is the only. He has no peers, no rivals, and no successors.” Because of his identity as God, Jesus Christ is not to be relegated, like other religious leaders, to history and the history books. He is not dead and gone, finished and fossilized. He is alive and active. He calls us to follow him, and he offers himself to us as our indwelling and transforming Savior” (John R. W. Stott).
Jesus Christ is so amazing that he can only be fully explained by using terms that defy normal categories. The needed terminology reaches beyond our reality and shatters many of our common assumptions.
Here is one who:
- healed the sick
- made the lame walk
- opened the eyes of the blind
- raised the dead to life
What do you do with one who:
- fulfilled ancient prophecies in his birth, life and death?
- predicted his own death and resurrection?
- claimed to exist before Abraham was born?
- claimed the right to forgive sins?
- claimed that he would be the judge of all people?
- claimed eternal duration for his words?
- claimed equality with God?
- claimed the ability to give eternal life to those who believe on him?
We simply don’t have a category for Jesus.
- Virgin birth?
- Promised return?
It’s too much for us to wrap our minds around and He is more than human imagination would invent. All of this demands a God who “breaks in” on the natural order. Jesus Christ is so extraordinarily unprecedented that he shatters our categories and demands our worship.
Some people find Jesus a bit difficult to accept because of His exclusive claims about being the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the father but through me” (John 14:6). “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.” (I Timothy 2:6)
The death of Jesus is repeatedly emphasized as something offered for the sins of the world, for all men; for the whole world (see: John 3:16,17; I John 2:1-2). And his death, as the great demonstration of God’s love, is the only way to be forgiven and accepted by God.
Seven inclusive truths testify to the extensive reach of God’s love through Jesus
- God has demonstrated his love for all people (John 3:16).
- God desires the salvation of all people (I Timothy 2:3-4).
- God has made provision for the salvation of all people (I John 2:2).
- God commands all people to repent (Acts 17:30).
- God will hold all people accountable for their response (Acts 17:31).
- God takes no pleasure in anyone’s rejection of his love (Ezekiel 18:23,32).
- God will save all people who place faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
The penalty for our sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). We cannot hide from the dreadful reality of death but Jesus offered to transform our understanding of death when He said,” Because I live you also will live (John 14:19). Jesus made this staggering promise: “…everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Do you believe in Him?
Listen to an audio reflection: Jesus is the God who breaks in on the natural order