What’s the big deal about Jesus?
For centuries, Christians have been worshipping and following Jesus as the most important person in their lives. But, why have we treated Jesus with such high esteem when there are so many other religious leaders and great thinkers who have influenced our world? And, besides, isn’t Christianity just out of date?
Jesus is more than a political revolutionary or a moral guide for life
While it’s true that Jesus did teach and show the best way to live, he’s more than just a teacher. Jesus claimed to be God, which he proved by his miracles. He calmed a fierce storm, just by telling it to calm down. He also healed people, raised people back to life and came back to life himself.
Jesus also said he had come to be the Rescuer we need. So, why do we need him to rescue us?
He taught that the problems that mankind faces in life are symptoms of a bigger problem: our relationship with God is broken. We are cut off from God who is the source of life and love, and that’s why things go wrong in the world and in our lives.
He also taught that we’ve got a problem in our ‘hearts’, which will take more than just a good example to fix. No matter how good we try to be, we aren’t able to change ourselves enough, nor can we sustain real change. We need to be made new at heart-level, for a new start in life.
What we need is for our relationship with God restored. That would solve our problem.
But for that to happen we need God to forgive us for how we’ve treated him – for taking the gifts he gives while ignoring him, the Giver.
The truly good news
The good news (‘gospel’) of Jesus is that he is able to get us forgiven. By dying on the cross, he paid the necessary price and was separated from his Father. So he can take the consequences of our sin for us as our substitute. We just need to confess our sin to him, being truly sorry to God, and ask Jesus to forgive us and help us now live to please him.
Jesus also rose alive again, so he’s able to give us new life and bring us into God’s family, to be his dearly loved children.
Jesus is the good news we need. He can rescue us and restore our broken relationship with God.
The great thing about Christianity
The great thing about Christianity is that Jesus has done all that’s needed for us to come back to God. All we need to do is receive his rescue as a gift.
None of us can get to heaven by being good enough, or by doing charity work or being nice. But Jesus can save us and he’s offering his rescue to you without you having to earn or deserve it.
Ask your questions
We recommend that you join one of our courses that explore Christianity. They run for 10 sessions and give you opportunity to read for yourself what Jesus said and to ask questions to the course leader. If you’re interested in coming along, get in touch to let us know and we’ll let you know more information.
If you’d like to get started on your own, we recommend you take a look at the Christianity Explored website. It has some helpful videos and answers to tough questions.
You are also very welcome to join us at any of our Sunday services where you can hear the Bible being taught. You will also meet people who can tell you what difference Jesus makes in their lives.