Neither is he a piece of stained glass, a myth, or just one of many philosophers in ancient history. He is real. He is alive. He is the SON OF GOD.
My grandmother was never embarrassed to share Jesus Christ with anyone who would listen. I grew up knowing about Him. For some unfathomable reason, I convinced myself that since I sincerely believed He was who He said He was, that I was a Christian. Not true!
James 2:19 (NKJV)
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!
So, even the most evil entities in the universe acknowledge that Jesus came to earth, died for OUR sins, was crucified, buried, and then rose from the grave.
We can know facts about a person, say George Washington, but that doesn't mean we ever sat under an old apple tree and chatted with him while Martha baked his favorite pie. Knowing about someone is not the same as knowing him.
The kind of pseudo-theology that shows up in movies, even old favorite ones, tends to blatantly compromise the truth. Those re-written scripts of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit need to get derailed and plunge down a treacherous ravine and burst into flames.
When we die, we do NOT become angels...ever. Many times a character tries to give comfort to a grief stricken person by spouting something about the deceased winning his wings. My point is, if mankind is so easily taught the WRONG thing about death, how are we going to learn the truth about who Jesus is?
As a nurse, I have seen many patients take that last breath on earth. Every time I witnessed the one drama in which we are all destined to star, I had more questions than answers. All the goofy Hollywood misinformation, mixed with a dollop or two of what I had been taught as a child, created a thirst to find the truth.
Now, from a lifetime of experience and absolute first hand knowledge, I can say unequivocally, "Yes, Virginia,there IS a Jesus!"
He is the ONLY key to the gates of Heaven.
Not one person escapes the death scene. Bodies die, but the spirit will live forever...somewhere. There is no way God can let us slide into a perfect Heaven if we're covered in the world's sewage. The good news is, we have a get-out-of-hell-free ticket: Jesus.
He took on the Sins of the world. He received our punishment. He paid the price for us. Is it too simple to just repent and accept that amazing gift? The only thing, dear friends (and you know this deep in your hearts), TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
Once you meet Him in person, not just learn about him, or walk an aisle, or say some words, you will be so excited to find out He is REAL. He is ALIVE. He loves you.
Linda is a freelance Christian writer of tongue-in-cheek humor and between-the-eyes serious fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. A former nurse with an English Degree, she edits for others, reviews books, and makes observations from a place of experience and wisdom that finally comes with a little age.