Do You Know Jesus?

Do You Know Jesus?

Last week I had breakfast with a friend and we talked about Jesus. “There’s something about Jesus,” my friend said. “No matter what their religion, people are just fascinated with Jesus and they want to know more.”

Her words have stayed with me, and today I’d like to ask you to join in the conversation. What is it about Jesus that attracts the attention of the world? Why can’t people shake the pull of this person who lived two thousand years ago and who Christians worship as God? Why are we drawn to Jesus and what keeps us coming back?

Listen, for example, to what Napoleon once said:

Everything in Christ astonishes me. His spirit overawes me, and his will confounds me. Between him and whoever else in the world, there is no possible term of comparison. He is truly a being by himself…. I search in vain in history to find the similar to Jesus Christ, or anything which can approach the gospel. Neither history, nor humanity, nor the ages, nor nature, offer me anything with which I am able to compare it or to explain it. Here everything is extraordinary.

Jesus was no ordinary man. He lived and taught and spoke about himself as no other religious figure has done before or since. His words were simple yet searching. His demands freeing yet all-consuming. His love tender while also fierce.

If we look to Jesus and consider all he is and all he reveals to us about God, what does it mean for our lives? Can we walk away unchanged? Can we walk away?

Will you consider Jesus with me  for the next few weeks? Here is what I propose: will you choose one book of the Bible about Jesus to read a little at at time between now and Christmas? One of the Gospels would be great. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the four books of the New Testament that contain the stories of Jesus’ life and his teachings. Pick any one of them. Maybe you’ve read these books before. Maybe even all your life. Maybe you know a few scattered stories of Jesus from the Bible but have never read a Gospel book straight through. Whatever your situation, will you take a few weeks to look at Jesus in a book of the Bible and consider for yourself this One who so fascinates our world?

Along the way, we’ll talk about Jesus together here at Living in the Word. I hope you join up and read with us as we all kick into holiday mode. I can’t think of a better way to enter the holidays in spirit than to make a space  in our lives for looking at Jesus and getting to know him better.

What is it about Jesus that draws you? What are you still trying to understand about Jesus?

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4 Comments

  1. Patricia Raybon (http://www NULL.patriciaraybon NULL.com)
    Nov 18, 2013

    Oh I love this! Jesus: Perfect God and perfect man. Our incomparable Savior. Thank you, Brenda, for this beautiful focus.

    • Brenda
      Nov 21, 2013

      Thank you, Patricia! Amen and amen. Entering into a Jesus season is a good thing. Thanks for writing and blessings in Christ.

  2. Paul Merrill (http://greenergrassmedia NULL.com)
    Nov 21, 2013

    I’ve been considering how Jesus operated totally outside of cultural expectations. That was and is an inspiration to me.

    • Brenda
      Nov 25, 2013

      Yes,that is an inspiration indeed. I think still today Jesus’ ways take us by surprise if we can look with fresh eyes. Thanks for sharing, Paul.

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