Rev. Dan Puckett: Why not Jesus?Published 10:34pm Wednesday, May 2, 2012
These days our culture is enamored with the paranormal and the supernatural. Vampires, witches, warlocks and devilish imps that once struck terror in the heart are now embraced, followed after and emulated. Crowds flock to buy the latest books or crowd into movie houses to follow the latest episodes of their favorite vampire or magic wand-waving practitioner of witchcraft.
This all may seem quite harmless and frivolous, but it speaks to a deeper quest in the souls of people for something else, something more.
The question “Why not Jesus?” is very relevant in this backdrop of dabbling with the extraordinary.
As frantic as the culture is to explore the macabre, they are equally resistant to any reference that the man Jesus Christ, whom history records as living in Galilee, was in fact the son of the living God.
There is no denying by anybody that Jesus lived, that he was a “great teacher,” that he claimed to be God, and that he performed acts that could only be defined as miracles.
There is no denial of the fact that Jesus was crucified and buried in a borrowed tomb, but when it comes to the biblical claim that the living God of heaven raised Jesus from the dead, never to die again, the culture shuts that out.
The Bible is still the No. 1 selling book in the world. People seem to be flocking to buy it, but either they are not reading it or are passing it off as another harmless paranormal epic.
Let us assume you have a Bible. Let us assume you have read it.
In 1 John 1:1-3, the apostle John who was a personal follower of Christ says this: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the word of life — the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the father and was manifested to us — that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his son Jesus Christ.” John goes on to share in the next verse the reason for writing this: “that your joy may be full.”
All this seems to meet the need of every human heart — something beyond us, something eternal, something trustworthy (John is giving his personal testimony) and something that can produce joy beyond imagination. Yet, we shove this Jesus into the background and chase after contrived stories of people who can do nothing for us to lift us above our circumstances.
Why not Jesus? Why not now? He is the only one who has the words of life. Everything else will only hurry us along the path of death.
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