Perhaps you see Him as an ethereal, out-of-touch figure from a Renaissance painting; one so close to heaven, laser lights might zap you at any moment you get too close. Or maybe you see Him as your old youth group buddy, whom you might make reference to in such terms as “Jesus is my homeboy,” or better yet, “Jesus is my boyfriend”? Even still, maybe you see Jesus as the well-groomed Designer Jesus from the suburbs; the one who wants all the children in Sunday School to grow up as middle-class Americans with PhD’s in something to save the world.
Tonight’s message from FOCUS speaker, Alan Hirsch, was a sobering reminder of how we often construct our view of Jesus in light of our own cultural values and human desires. Unknowingly, we view Jesus as we would like Him to look for us, or rather, as we would like to look ourselves.
In many ways, it is natural to think of Jesus like ourselves, but if we make Jesus into our own image, what have we done? Who will save us? Who will inspire us?
The truth is, we need a God who is big enough to be who He is.
As the Church, if we’re going to emulate that God, who likened Himself to us in the person of Christ, we must have a full understanding of who Jesus is. And we can only find Him in the Gospel.
Imitating the Jesus of the Gospel is the only way we will show the world the compelling nature of Jesus-and the redeeming nature of God.
By Erin Findley