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Why Jesus Is Relevant in 2010

No matter the year, no matter the race or gender, no matter the socio-economic status in life, thinking people of every generation have asked, “What is the meaning of life?”

Jesus Christ claimed to answer all the deep questions about our existence.
•    “Who am I?”
•    “Why am I here?”
•    “Where am I going after I die?”

Throughout history, philosophers and religious leaders have offered their answers to the meaning of life questions, but only Jesus Christ has offered solutions to those questions with any credibility that has transcended the politics or economics of every generation.

Jesus said, “I have come to give you life and life more abundantly.” He said that life is much more than making money, having fun, being successful, and then ending up in a graveyard. Yet, many people still try to find meaning in fame and success.

Madonna attempted to answer the question of, “Why am I here?” by becoming a diva, confessing, “There were many years when I thought fame, fortune, and public approval would bring me happiness. But one day you wake up and realize they don’t. I still felt something was missing. I wanted to know the meaning of true and lasting happiness and how I could go about finding it.”

Others have given up on finding any meaning to life. Jazz-age cartoonist Ralph Barton found life to be meaningless, leaving the following suicide note: “I have had few difficulties, many friends, great successes; I have gone from wife to wife, and from house to house, visited countries of the world, but I am fed up with inventing devices to fill up 24 hours of the day.”

Pascal, the great French philosopher, believed this inner void we all experience can only be filled by God. He states, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which only Jesus Christ can fill.” If Pascal is right, then we would expect Jesus to not only answer the question of our identity and meaning in this life, but also to give us hope for life after we die.

Can there be meaning without God?

Not according to atheist Bertrand Russell, who wrote, “Unless you assume a god, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.” Many people give up on searching for the answers and resign themselves to ultimately “rot” in the grave.

But if Jesus is God as He claimed, then He would be able to tell us what life is all about and answer the big questions of life.  The Good News is that He did tell us what we all want to know.

Who am I?

The purpose here is to cause you to stop and think. Your understanding of who you are has a lot to do with where you began. Did mankind begin in a celestial soup as a one cell animal that decided to become man or was the first man created by God?  Where you believe you came from will in large define who you are. Without proof in either case, I personally like the second option.  How did a single cell with no cognitive ability decide to evolve into a complex being? It seems to me that believing in evolution still requires some kind of Divine Intelligence. I have found that starting with a Creator is a lot more satisfying intellectually.

Why am I here?

If you are at least willing to assume that there is a Creator, the next step is to find out what the Creator wants from me?  The Bible says, “For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible… all things were created by Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16  That passage says you were created by God and for God. So what does God want?

He wants you to know Him, to love Him like He loves you.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” John 3:16-21.

Where am I going when I die?

That’s a really big question considering that we are all going to die at one time or another.  Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” John 14:2-5

Does everyone go to heaven?

Heaven is being with God forever and ever. If you did not want anything to do with God while you were here on earth, why would you want to go to heaven and spend eternity with Him?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:2-6

You were created by God as the delight of His heart.  You are here on earth to discover how much God loves you and to live your life for Him. If you accept Jesus as your Savoir, when you die you will be with Him in heaven forever.

Compare that to atheist Bertrand Russell’s view, “Unless you assume a god, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.” Many people give up on searching for the answers and resign themselves to ultimately “rot” in the grave.

I like God’s plan better!

Written by Mark Harris, Pastor at The Oasis Church

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March 2, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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