“What can the world offer you without Jesus?” -Thomas a Kempis
What would your life be like if Jesus was never born?
What would the world be like if Jesus was never born?
I thought they were great questions because we often think about how great God’s love is. But how many of us have thought about the absence of Jesus? I sure haven’t because honestly, all too often I take him for granted.
That and the fact that He is the central point of the New Testament.
I rest on the safety that he was born and he showed the world a love that was life shattering. Without his love and his presence here on earth I’m not so sure I would be where I’m currently at. I certainly wouldn’t have the purpose that I now have. I wouldn’t know what speaking boldly looked like. I wouldn’t know what forgiveness looked like. I wouldn’t know what love really is.
And we certainly would be like lost sheep without a shepherd.
If Jesus wasn’t born I wouldn’t of saw my Grandma stand firm in her belief of Him and what He does for us. That is the first person I saw that knew him. It wasn’t because she recited scripture. Instead, it was because she had a deep love and trust for him that I don’t think many people saw. Her own children would make fun of her for it but she didn’t care.
I saw what the cost involved to be laughed at because of her love for Jesus. I think deep down it did sadden her but she knew her job was to teach me about Jesus. My Grandma had true hope and it was rooted in Jesus!
I saw how HE affected her and that affected me.
Once I was saved I also saw other people love me in a way that I was not used to. My definition of love did not fit how gracious they treated me. Without Jesus these people wouldn’t of known the kind of life to emulate. Without these loving people knowing who Jesus was I wouldn’t of known Him either. Further, it was because of His love in them that I saw what true love was.
Without true love I never would have discovered what true everlasting hope is. Hope that is found only in Jesus. Jesus was born not only to save the world but to reconcile people back with God.
Can you imagine a world that never had the chance to be reconciled back with God?
What would hope look like? We would still be living in early Old Testament times thinking we were doing good but pointing the finger in judgment towards our neighbor.
Forgiveness wouldn’t exist without Jesus.
Grace wouldn’t exist without Jesus.
True love wouldn’t exist without Jesus.
Jesus wasn’t meant to stay here for a long time. But it was in this short time that he was here on Earth that we learned about who he is. We saw this intense love and forgiveness, this extreme love for His father, and for allowing himself to be sacrificed on a cross all so he can spend eternity with us in Heaven. He taught us how to be good and loving in the midst of a cruel world. He taught us about suffering and in the end paid the ultimate price. It was a cost that many of us don’t understand.
Many other people in religious circles such as Muslim Apologist, Shabir Ally, claims that God could of taken him off the cross. Then you have other scholars claim that Jesus escaped or in some way survived the crucifixion then was carried away to live out his years in another land. (If you read Dr. Martin Hengel’s book, Crucifixion, you would soon realize the impossibility of anyone surviving it, let alone walking off into the wilderness with no modern healthcare available). Yet we have no concrete evidence of these findings. The reality remains, Jesus is God and is still the center of attention amongst many scholars, theologians, and scientists. Jesus is not a mere man but the Son of Man who is of a divine nature, and one that cannot be ignored.
It is ludicrous to think that we can reasonably conclude that Jesus was never born. For Christians it’s essential to ask ourselves these questions so that we can be appreciative and to give glory to our Lord and Savior. Jesus was born here on earth, was tortured and laughed at, crucified, and rose three days later after he defeated Hell. Now he sits at our Heavenly Father’s right hand.
As much as people try to downplay the significance of Jesus I must echo the words of John,
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)