Friday, May 4, 2018

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up

Let me tell you a story of an unsuspecting substitute at a new school . . .

I stood at the head of the classroom, waiting for the absent teacher's “trusted” student to fill out the seating chart. I began the lesson, asking the outlined questions. I referred to the seating chart to call the students by name. To my surprise, each hesitated. When I glanced at the chart to call on a third student, I noticed the name Mickey Mantle. I'm no sports buff, but I was certain the famous baseball player was, in fact, not sitting in my classroom.

None of the names were correct. I had been lead astray. I wanted to correct the seating chart so asked the students to stand and give me their names. Prior, I only thought I knew who these students were.

This illustrates the view many have of God: They only think they know who He is.

“God is love” is what everyone hears. Indeed, He is, but that's not all he is. God is also just: He requires payment for our sin. He is grace: He gave us a way to spend eternity with Him (by our acceptance of His Son who paid the price for our sin).

When we leave out these aspects of His character, we are selling Him short to a dying world – a world that needs more than “God is love.” It's our responsibility to not gloss over the fact that our sin is what sends us to hell. If we never tell others about their need for a Savior, we are giving them a false sense of who Jesus is.

Love is so emphasized because we have a deep seated need for love. Until we accept Jesus' free gift of salvation, our need will not be fully met. God is the only one who can do that.

It would be like a person introducing themselves by saying, “I love movies. Wanna have an exclusive relationship?” If you agree and later you find out they have nine children, seven dogs and four jobs, you'll feel mislead. Children, dogs and jobs are good things, but it's necessary to know that beforehand to have a long lasting relationship. Every aspect of God is good, but it would be unfair to not tell people that their sin needs to be deal with so they can get right with God.

Telling others about their sin may not be easy as asking the real Jesus to stand up, but we do have the Bible for help. And truly, that's all we need.

The bottom line is this: ultimately each person is responsible for their understanding of God, but we have responsibility to not mislead by only talking about His love and not why we need a Savior.

Dear reader, we do all need a Savior. If you don't understand, please allow me to help you gain a better understanding of what this means. Email me via I would love to tell you more.


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