Week 38: Monday – Is Jesus Relevant Today?

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“I’m a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me. He would be cool. He would talk to me.” – Mike Tyson

          Have you ever been lost before on a trip? I’m sure most, if not all of us have experienced at least once being on the wrong road and having to go all the way round and back from where we came from just to be on the right track. It’s annoying to say the least, and the waste of time so exasperating. But imagine getting lost and never finding your way back.

I remember many years ago when I went to Israel. While crossing the Judean desert, our guide told us of how tourists who wander too far away from the bus get lost and die in the wilderness. He said that whole skeletons with tourist clothes still on them would occasionally be found by the military. He warned, “If you wander too far from the bus and lose your reference point, you’ll get disoriented because of the desert’s shifting sands, the landscape changes from minute to minute. When you lose sight of the bus, you have no way of knowing where you are.”  Very scary words indeed.

I wonder if that warning applies to us today. Technology has made everything faster and more efficient. We have so much movement, but are we making progress? How do we even measure success? In a road trip we know we’re making progress if we’re closer to our destination. All the fuel, time, energy, and resources we expend are wasted if the whole trip brings us farther, not closer to where we want to be. And that’s exactly the point, “Where do we want to go?” “Where is our life headed?” “What’s our reference point?”

Our life is where it is today because of the choices we’ve made. Our present condition in all the facets of our life, are the result of our past choices and decisions. Our choices were influenced by what we believe. And what we believe is what we really are deep inside. It’s the root and sum of all our being. And as any lost traveller, the sooner we realize where we have gone wrong, the sooner we can turn back, recover, and correct our course.

Jesus is relevant today because only he can show us the ‘wrong turns’ we’ve made in life, and reveal our life’s ultimate destination. He truthfully describes human nature and the condition we are in. He addresses the real cause of our problems; our heart. And only he can change our course.
Author and apologist Ravi Zacharias said that any worldview that claims the truth must sufficiently answer the four essential questions of life’s existence:

1. The Question of Origin – How did it all begin?
2. The Question of Meaning – Why are we here and what is life’s purpose?
3. The Question of Morality – What is the right way to live?
4. The Question of Destiny – How will it all end?

Zacharias continues in saying that the said worldview must sufficiently answer all the questions and holistically fit them together. The one that reasonably does this well is closest to the truth. According to him, Christianity, and only Christianity, answer all four questions adequately. He says that, “In Jesus Christ alone we find the explanatory power of what life is all about.”

Jesus is relevant today because He addresses the greatest issues we face, and fully answers them. In the next days we will see what Jesus says about the things that are at the core of our being. Christ answers…

Our Greatest SEARCH – MEANING
Our Greatest HUNGER – LOVE
Our Greatest PROBLEM – SIN
Our Greatest NEED – FORGIVENESS

Jesus is our guide. Better than any navigating system for he leads us by his Holy Spirit to the life that’s full. Though we do not know the way and are often lost and afraid, we can be certain that the gentle Savior will surely lead us home.

“It is said that a certain guide lived in the deserts of Arabia who never lost his way. He carried with him a homing pigeon with a very fine cord attached to
one of its legs. When in doubt as to which path to take, he threw the bird into the air. The pigeon quickly strained at the cord to fly in the direction of home, and thus led the guide accurately to his goal. Because of this unique practice he was known as “the dove man.”

So, too, the Holy Spirit, the heavenly Dove, is willing and able to direct us in the narrow way that leads to the more abundant life, if in humble self-denial, we submit to His unerring  supervision.  (Source:www.sermoncentral.com)

How’s your life’s journey? Have you made progress so far? Are you closer to your goals now than before?  Can you go at it alone or do you need someone wiser who knows the way? Can this someone perhaps even help you sort out the important things that you really want deep inside? Have you tried Jesus? Do you think he’s still relevant?

 

 

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