Believing in Jesus is crazy. Isn’t it? If we listen to the atheist front we find plenty of intelligent arguments against faith. How many have been left dead and wounded in the name of Jesus? How many have abused their positions of influence while invoking God? And yet the Christian goes on believing. Isn’t it ridiculous?
A man, claiming that he is the Son of God, raised from the dead? Please, tell me another one.
We must examine this closely, stare it right in the face. Let us not water it down not even with a single drop. If I told you that I saw a man raised from the dead you would call me crazy. Even the apostle Paul said it. “[T]he message of the cross is foolishness…” (1 Cor 1:18).
God crucified! The all powerful, all knowing, ever present resorting to this? Why not just snap his fingers and make it all good again?
Is this how life works? When we mess things up should it be so easy? When we forgive or need to ask for forgiveness should it be without growth and pain? Are we such superficial beings? Is God expected to be superficial and easy? Or is there something deeper? Again, let us stare at Christ upon the cross. Then let us examine his hands and his feet, his wounded side within his living flesh. His resurrected flesh.
This goes against all worldly wisdom. The wisdom of positioning and market share. Of advantage and influence. Of prestige and title. Of power and control.
All this versus a weak God. A defeated Savior. Humiliation, submission and shame.
Many have misused the message to their perverse advantage. The same goes for any belief system including democracy. But belief is Jesus is not a system, it is belief in the transforming power of love.
So call me crazy.
It all starts from the top. If the head of a family is generous, merciful and kind the rest of the family is likely to follow. If the heads of nations are wise and loving and seek not their own gain, the nations will follow.
If our God is willing to give so much, His only begotten Son, then it inspires us to do likewise. Yes it is crazy. Even Paul said so. “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (1 Cor 1:27)
Still one might be skeptical. But if you don’t believe, have you tasted? Have you tried the sweet fruit of God’s grace?
Maybe Jesus can heal you. Perhaps God can free you. Taste. See.