I’m a designer, software developer and product manager depending on the time of day and environment.
I’m also a father, husband, Christ-follower and baseball fan.
I like taking in new ideas and revisiting old ones.
I like summarizing myself in as few sentences as possible.
I’m thankful for the gift of life.
- His story has a very specific historical context and His followers were intent on making His historicity clear.
- He wasn’t the only one claiming to be the messiah. His claims were not unique, but the actions and fulfillment of explicit ancient prophecy that came with those claims set Him apart.
- His story has endured over 2000 years of attacks from within and without and has remained in tact and exactly as it was first written.
- He attacked the established cultural leadership. He did not “get with the program”. It cost Him His life. That wasn’t his primary mission, though. Confrontation happens when God abides with sinners.
- His followers had nothing to gain in this life by following and, in fact, pretty much lost everything.
- His early followers stretched across the cultural, economic, and political landscape. Changed lives were all that united them and that was enough.
- His message can be understood by a 4 year old or a 94 year old in much the same way. No education level, cultural background or personality disposition is needed to make sense of the message.
- Unlike nearly all other major religious leaders, He has no grave site for His followers to gather around and mourn His passing.
- People don’t get up and walk away from a Roman crucifixion. After three days in the ground, He did.
- His teachings were specific and not simply platitudes.
This world is loaded with myth and legend and mysticism built around controlling people, holding power and serving up a salve for the self-righteous soul. There is plenty to criticize (and rightfully so) in the history of those claiming to follow Christ. Confusing the truth of the message with its messenger is a common misconception in many areas of life. But take a moment today to ask yourself why a man from the armpit of the Roman empire is venerated globally around this time of year (and every day, for that matter) just for making claims and being crucified like a common criminal. It is extraordinary in the truest sense of that term.
“I lay down my life — only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.” – Jesus (John 10:17-18)
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