Attraction of Jesus

Maybe you’ve been searching for a close friend your whole life. Can I offer to you Christ? He was touchable, approachable, reachable. Parents would place children at his feet. Nonreligious and materialistic minded people had him in for dinner. Women cared for Him, yet He was never accused of lustful thoughts (Luke 8:1-3). He routinely stopped and responded to the shattered lives of people. The broken couldn’t resist Him. The hands that shaped the stars, touched eyes, embraced lepers, and massaged the dirty toes of his disciples. Says Max Lucado: He was the kind of fellow who would “wrestle on the floor with your kids, doze off on your couch, cook steaks on your grill, laugh at your jokes and tell a few of his own. And when you spoke, he’d listen to you as if he had all the time in eternity. And one thing’s for sure, you’d invite him back.”

All we needed was a Savior who was willing to come down here, die quickly, and hurry back to heaven. Instead, we got Jesus. He was born, lived for at least 33 years on our planet. He went to our weddings, ate at our tables, built our homes, held our babies, and walked with us in grace. He could have embarrassed the adulteress; He could have laughed at the demon-possessed; He could have ignored the cripple; He could have belittled the widow. Instead, he gazed into their eyes, touched their lives, and set them free. I love the human-packaging of Jesus. Jesus didn’t have to be as loving as he was. Jesus is God’s grace given in an unexpected way to get our attention, to say “I really do love you” in a way that we would all understand.

When God took on human form, He did so in the frailty of a baby. He grew and did the hard daily work of a carpenter under oppressive Roman rule. He went through the apparent death of his earthly father, Joseph. Jesus then cared for his mother, a poor, single woman with a family. He hungered in the desert. He wept over the death of a close friend. He suffered fatigue even while teaching, healing, and serving. He was deserted by His best friends. He was then mocked, abused, and killed by those He loved. Yet even in that death, He loved us and He prayed for us “Father, forgive them for they no not what they do.” In Jesus, we’re known in our weaknesses and loved for who we are and empowered to become our true self made in God’s image (Kelly Monroe).

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4 responses to “Attraction of Jesus

  1. notreallyalice

    “All we needed was a Savior…”

    That is not true.

    And I am not looking for an invisible friend.

  2. Why do you not need a Savior?

    And, He’s not invisible. That’s what the 33 years was about.

  3. notreallyalice

    I think you’ve got it backwards. Why DO I need a savior?

    Unless you know how to travel through time, Jesus is invisible, and also, possibly mythological.

  4. Because you and I are not good – empirically verified in hundreds of years of human history – we are not good.

    There is something drastically wrong with the human condition – with you and me. Atheists (if true to their worldview, won’t admit it) and theists (if true to their worldview will). That’s the difference. Atheists think they are good – there is no sin, no need to be saved from anything.

    I am not meaning any disrespect at all here, but I am going to cut to the chase quickly… you are making yourself god… you are going to determine right from wrong…it’s “aliceism” – “I am basically a good person. I am not like that one or this one. I will construct my own spirituality. No one will tell me how bad or good I am. That’s for me to determine.” In a post-everything world Alice… watch out for this radical “do-it-yourself” individualism… You and I are messed up people; As much as I hate to say this, just watch Jerry Springer and you’ll see what I mean. But it’s way beyond Jerry; its you and me that resists truth, that is blinded by pride, that pursues our lusts… we are messed up. This cannot be denied.

    Alice, I love your honesty; the dialog is interesting and your points to think about underscores the need for theists to articulate more clearly.

    Jesus – a myth? Alice… this goes way beyond that. We can debate many things… but the reality of the historical Jesus goes beyond the biblical data. His existence cannot be denied.

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