geezeronthequad: Jesus In Pursuit – Where Else Are You Going to Find This?
Not so long ago in a galaxy just prior to the holidays, I began to look here at the ways Jesus Christ plays to the heart and mind of those He pursues. We’ve just come through Christmas which says that God came in human form because our need was so desperate; nothing has changed about that. He came because He loved us so fiercely He couldn’t hold Himself back…and nothing has changed about that. Romans 1:20 describes how God’s craftsmanship so infuses the creation that no one will have any real claim to ignorance. Bertrand Russell was once asked what he would say if, when he died, he discovered that God existed after all. He replied he would simply inform God that God had no business judging him because of insufficient evidence. Won’t happen that way – not for anybody. Every human being we can lay our eyes on simply teems with the fingerprints of Jesus Christ.
In John 6:44-66, Jesus freaked the people out. He did this often and still can when He thinks it’s needed. He said to some people who had never tasted ham or bit into a sweet pickle, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life…” (v.54) They came more than a bit unglued – both some newbies as well as some who’d begun to seriously buy into Jesus’ message. Jesus just put it out there without explaining it. There was no “Come on, you guys!!! It’s spiritual!! What could you be thinking!?”. He could have turned away shaking His head thinking, “What a bunch of wooden headed doofuses!” He didn’t. Wooden headed doofuses are the only kind of people who get to hear Jesus. The more we become aware of our “doofusness” (our sense of sin and rebellion), the clearer the voice of Jesus gets.
Jesus swiveled the big guns and leveled them at the twelve. “What about you? Are you leaving too? Are you in or out? Don’t get back to Me in a memo or ask for time to pray about it. In or out?” Jesus didn’t explain any more to them than He did to the others walking away. In heaven, look Peter up and ask him if he remembers this moment…bet he will. Talk about being on the spot. Caught in the crosshairs of a strong question from Jesus, Peter helplessly blurts out the truth in his heart as his mind didn’t know how to answer. “Lord, to whom shall we go? Only you have the words of eternal life…” Only you…Only Jesus. We don’t get it but where else can we find somebody like You?
A university professor had put her soul into the metaphysical blender and hit the puree button. She suffered, not from MPD, but from MSD (multiple spirituality disorder). Depressed, chopped, sliced, diced, bruised and beaten, she took a hard look at Jesus in the gospels. Laying down years of rebellion, she simply said, “If You’re real, come and get me.” Skeptics still drag out the tired old horse that the early Christians just made the gospels up to make Jesus look good. Not possible. Neither they nor we could have imagined the Jesus of the gospels. When people make up gods, the gods always look like their creators. What in blazes could Jesus be a copy or replica of in space and time? Not only could we not imagine a god like Jesus, we wouldn’t want a god like Him even if we could make Him up. We create gods we can control, gods we approve of who never stick their nose into our business. We make up gods who fit inside our heads. If our god fits inside our head, that’s only place he exists. (Jesus does get inside our heads but at His initiative and not ours.) Intuitively we know that the Jesus of the gospels says to all, “Give Me the keys and slide over. I won’t be needing any directions from you.”
In Charles Dickens “The Christmas Carol”, the Ghost of Christmas Present says to Scrooge, “You’ve never seen the likes of me before!” Scrooge replies, “Never.” Jesus Christ simply plants Himself in front of our spirit radiating more than we can imagine of love, truth, holiness, beauty and power and asks, “Where else are you going to find this?” Where indeed? Jesus simply captures those He chases down by Who He is. Jesus Christ stands as the answer to every big question worth asking, the key to every lock worth opening.
Against much of the Christian tide, Mark Altrogge writes that worldview studies won’t save our children. I get it. Cramming our kids’ head with philosophical/apologetic studies doesn’t ensure they will walk in the faith of their fathers. In the Jesus Movement of the sixties, we encountered Frances Schaeffer at the dawn of his great work. We ate his stuff up much to our benefit. But we fell in love with Jesus first. Once we love someone, what’s important to them becomes important to us. We met Jesus; He dazzled us and we wanted to bring all our lives into line with whatever would please Him. The rest followed.
Jesus has many lures of the human heart which we’ll continue to look at next time. Meanwhile if you think this might encourage a student or someone who loves them, then share, subscribe, post, Twitter and all that other social media stuff. If we already subscribe here, then we might want to look at Geezer 1, the Facebook clubhouse for geezeronthequad.com. It’s a mix of students, student ministry leaders, professors, administrators, artists, writers, musicians, composers, booksellers, broadcasters, theologians, pastors, business people, cultural thinkers and entrepreneurs and a few campus rats who think that Jesus Christ thinks that the university is a great place. It’s a sharp group and you will only make us better. Take a look and ask to join. If the Facebook dog eats your homework (and he some times does), we will ask you to resubmit.
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