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The Answer or the Experience?

We’ve just celebrated Jesus’ resurrection with Easter Sunday, but if all we know is an event taking place millennia ago, we are missing something important.

Some people find it uncomfortable to admit this fact, but it’s true nonetheless–the major world religions having a lot of foundational moral truth in common.

Truth like,

  • don’t harm others with your actions or words (aka “the golden rule”)
  • be honest in what you do and don’t lie
  • don’t have sex with another person’s spouse
  • unselfishness is the path to a fuller life
  • You get the picture!

This shouldn’t surprise us. Micah 6:8 says, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

This wasn’t just to Israel, it’s to all of mankind. We have the ability to distinguish right and wrong.

We could take a quick poll and ask, “how have we done?” As individuals or all of humanity living up to this moral code, we quickly reaffirm our resounding failure; but this is where Jesus is different. He’s not like all the other “gods.” He is the God.

He invited us not just to an idea, but an experience.

Following Jesus is probably not sustainable if all you want are the right answers or even if you simply believe Jesus is the answer. The only way to follow Jesus wholeheartedly, passionately, and fervently for all of your life is to experience Jesus.

Maybe you’d echo this too, but I wouldn’t live the way I live and do what I do for the right answer. I do it because I have experienced something undeniably real in Jesus.

It may be absolutely true that Jesus is the answer, but life is not a standardized test.

You can fill in the blank all you want to all of life’s questions with “Jesus,” but that doesn’t give a lot of comfort or peace when storms rage and fears assail. Certainly, if all of life’s tests were in a classroom with pen and paper, it would all be so much easier, but you and I know better!

Christians have sadly often portrayed an “I’m-right-you’re-wrong” attitude to the world. We can be experts in the right answers and miss the point. It’s about experiencing life and truth for ourselves.

I don’t understand fully how to lead everyone into such things, but I can seek Him with all my heart and live by example in changing, growing, serving, loving, and deepening my relationship with Him.

People travel around the globe to experience thrills, fantastic sights, beauty, other cultures, and more. Knowing or reading about things “out there” is not as satisfying as experiencing it for ourselves.

Thankfully, it’s not as difficult as we sometimes make it to experience Jesus.

He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). We find passage to eternity through Jesus the experience, not Jesus the answer.

What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree? How do you help people to really experience the truth of Jesus?

2 Comments

  1. Indeed, Jason, it is one thing to know Jesus and quite another to experience Him. May all our hearts and minds become one with His.
    Blessings!

    • Amen. Sad we would ever settle for less than what He purchased on the cross! Thanks Martha.

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