Is there any figure in history more polarizing than Jesus?
Muhammed Ali? Nope.
Adolph Hitler? Nope.
Tim Tebow? Nope.
Mr. Obama? Nope.
Mention the above names (and others) and you might get a shrug, a shudder, or a comment (vocally or silently). But mention the name Jesus and you might get a shrug, a shudder, or a comment.
Or you might just get the tongue-lashing of your life.
Or see someone do spasms right in front of you.
Or you might lose your head or some other part of your body.
Or you might lose your freedom.
Or, depending on where you live, you just might lose your life.
We pretty much know what to do with people who have “their moments of fame.” We figure time will wear that out. But what do you do with Jesus? I mean, He has been affecting lives and history for over 2000 years. No matter how you look at Him the same question He asked His disciples in Matthew 16 is still the same one to ask today: “Who do men say that I am?” A-a-n-n-d just as there were divergent view of who He was back then (John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets), there will be divergent views today. “My Homeboy.” The Man Upstairs. One of God’s many children and step-brother to Lucifer. Michael the Archangel. A reincarnation of Mister Rogers. A state of consciousness. An implant forced on a Thetan. An enlightened man. A good man. A prophet. The buffalo calf of God. The list goes on and on.
He is the Savior. God’s Only Son. The Christ. Our Lord.
Yeah…you can see the choice. You can also see why He is so polarizing. To say He is the latter puts one at odds with the majority of people world-wide. And to boot…you get called all kinds of names: Bigoted. Narrow-minded. Exclusive. Judgmental. Out-of-touch. Intolerant. Strangely enough, Jesus knew this would happen. He said, “You are either for me or against me.” “They hated me,” He said, “so they will hate you.” Time has proven His words were right.
Well…guess who I am preaching about Sunday? I would certainly appreciate your prayers. Thanks. And by the way: I will happily choose to land on the side that calls Him the latter names. And you?