The search for the “historical Jesus” has been going on for the a little over a hundred years. The point of the “search” is an attempt to find what Jesus was “really” like. The basic assumption of the scholars is that somehow the Bible (more specifically the Gospels) can’t be trusted because they have been influenced by outside forces from almost the beginning. This is a slippery slope and puts modern people in a position up and against two thousand years of church theology and practice. Indeed, while no Christian should be afraid of such inquiry, these investigators forget that the very first church had a full understanding and belief that Jesus was God, that he was crucified, rose again and ascended into heaven. Indeed, Jesus identified himself with messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. These references weren’t added at a later time. The Gospels are trustworthy and we can trust in them for giving us an accurate account of what the church has always believed and who Jesus really is.
Even so, the question for us goes deeper than discovering the understanding the early church had about who Jesus was and what he came to do. The question is: “who do you say that I (Jesus) am?” For all of us, we must go beyond historical examinations and seek to find the real Jesus in our lives, our world.
This weekend I will ask the question “Who is Jesus really and what difference can he make in my life?” My prayer is that all of us will take a fresh look at the reality of the presence of Jesus in our church, our world and our lives. We will acknowledge the presence of roadblocks that fill the path of our lives that keep us from fully surrendering our lives to Jesus. Without that surrender, we simply hold on to the hope that somehow we can make it on our own. We can’t. We need a Savior. Have you lost Jesus? Have you never trusted Him? This weekend, we will seek and find the one who offers us everything. Come and see.
By Darrel Proffitt, Lead Pastor