Jim Stephens, one of Westside’s pastors, and I had an amazing conversation last week about Jesus, and how important he is in our faith walk. We discussed how some, in post-modern Christianity, start questioning the reliability of the Bible and eventually you run into the person of Jesus Christ. You have to decide who he is. He is not someone you can ignore.
Paul, the apostle, was a persecutor of Christians. He denied the reality of Jesus being who he said he was, the son of God. Then he had an encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus and everything changed. Acts 22:8 “‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. “‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied.”
He would later write, “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.” Romans 3:22
Have you had a Damascus road encounter with Jesus? Have you been convinced, as Paul was, that the only way to be right before God is by putting your faith in Jesus? Jesus is the most central figure in all of history and you must decide, one way or the other, whether you believe in him or not. If you choose to ignore him in this life, you most likely will encounter him in the next.