My Life with Jesus (My first ever Guest Blog!)
Look at how amazing I am! New to blogging, yet I already have a guest blogger! Meet Mark. He is pretty amazing, too, but I am teaching him a few amazing things. Enjoy!
Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson in his book The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels asks a very pointed question. Is Jesus dead or alive? The question seems awfully irrelevant doesn’t it? In our post-modern world existence or non-existence of something or someone really does not matter it only matters on our perception of things. I doubt we treat our mortgage, car payment, and credit card bills the same way. Scholars for years have been doing their best to discover who Jesus really was. Books have chronicled Jesus as Mediterranean peasant, iconic sage, and even a most holy prophet.
His words have been analyzed over and his steps have been traced. The study of Jesus has made many scholars famous, i.e. John Dominic Crossan. Scholars treat Jesus solely as a figure of the past to be studied and analyzed. I am concerned that we as Bible believing evangelicals fall into the same dangers. The pulpit in America is devoid of sermons detailing the most pivotal event in human history. The event I am speaking of is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter seems to be the only time that this event is preached. Liberal mainline denominations have treated the resurrection story in a very postmodern way. “The reality of the physical resurrection of Jesus is not important, it only matters how it makes you feel.” Resurrection has been reduced to a feel-good, happy, ethereal feeling. I want to state unequivocally that the actual resurrection of Jesus matters. I want to share about my life with Jesus.
Jesus Christ is not simply a figure in the past to be studied and analyzed. I may be able to learn about Jesus by studying the gospels and tracing His steps and studying all His sayings. Learning about Jesus is not the same as learning from Jesus. I live my life as a disciple of the living Jesus. My day consists of hearing from Him as the living incarnate Word. I also learn from Him as I hear Him speak through the Holy Spirit, and as He guides me on a daily basis. “Jesus wanted: Dead or alive. I choose Jesus alive as One who is real and continually leading me and guiding me to the truths of His Word. You may only choose to study about Jesus, but I choose to learn from Him. We need to change our vocabulary from “Jesus was” to “Jesus is.”
History has enough great names in the past to learn about. Einstein taught us about relativity. Galileo taught us about astronomy. Newton taught us about Gravity. The men I mentioned are all dead and gone and their legacy lives on, and we are grateful for their contribution. Jesus stands out from all others, because He not only walked this earth and endured every pain and sorrow on the cross for us, but He conquered the grave and beat death, thus securing our salvation by rising from the dead! (I Corinthians 15)
Today, be ever mindful that Jesus wants to teach you something today. My life with Jesus is a life full of hope, because I know that Jesus is alive.
SOLIA DE GLORIA!