Big But: Who Is YOUR Jesus?
by Darin Michael Shaw
Who is Jesus Christ?
Was he a historical figure who lived and died, or is he still alive today? Was he a prophet, a rabbi, a moral example? Or was he who he claimed to be? And while we’re at it, just exactly who did he claim to be? Is he, because of his claims, as C.S. Lewis famously articulated on his BBC radio program and in his book Mere Christianity, necessarily either a Liar, a Lunatic, or the Lord?
Is he the Jesus we see in old movies: A blue-eyed, white guy with a well-trimmed beard, who sort of glows, and speaks with a British accent? Or more hip, like a scene from Talladega Nights, perhaps we can picture him however we’d like, “I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo t-shirt because it says, ‘I want to be formal, but I’m here to party.’”
Is he the Jesus we hear about in song? The Jesus of hymns and praise choruses: What A Friend We Have? Name Above All Names? Is that how we’ll respond to him? Or is it more like I Can Only Imagine? Surrounded by his glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for you Jesus, or in awe of you be still? Will I stand in your presence, or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing Hallelujah? Will I be able to speak at all?
Or, perhaps, for those less misty, it’s enough that we tap our foot along with the Doobie Brothers: Jesus Is Just Alright With Me…
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