investigating my jesus poll

Posted: February 6, 2008 in evangelism, Jesus

The last poll I loaded onto this blog – which, at this time, is still listed on the left hand side of the page – asked: “If Jesus were alive and ministering today – as opposed to 2000 years ago – is it possible that we wouldn’t even know he was here?”

This is not meant to be a controversial questions, just one that caused me to think about our culture today. Imagine if Jesus were born 31 years ago. That for the last 2000 years, God’s people were still anticipating the birth of the Messiah.

Now, let’s think about a few things. There are over 6 billion people on the earth today. Billions more than were alive in Jesus’ day. Could Jesus just get lost in the shuffle? Church as we know it now would not be what it is had Jesus not been born 2000 years ago. What would it be? We don’t know.

Assuming Jesus were still born in Bethlehem, even if He performed miracles and did all the same things we know He did, would we recognize Him for who He is? Or would He just be dismissed as another religious figure, a “so called miracle worker”, a “television evangelist”, or a person who heals people who “obviously aren’t really sick or in need of healing.” Would we see Him as a fanatical middle eastern Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, or Jimmy Swaggart? Would we, as a people, be so sick of waiting for the Messiah that we just didn’t believe He would come….or would we be so excited for Him to finally come that anyone who did anything deemed as “miraculous” suddenly received our praise as “the one”.

I don’t know. It’s totally hypothetical, really, but really tweaked my interest once I thought about it.

What do you think?

  1. jason says:

    i tend to agree

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