It seems that on every “Easter” a gallon of ink flows from secular, skeptical, and cynical rags feigning an interest in the “real Jesus.” I would submit that most of them would not recognize Jesus unless “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout” (1 Thessalonians 4:16); of course, by then it would be too late.
If you were to ask someone his or her understanding of Jesus, your answers would likely vary in direct proportion to the number of people asked. We have popular magazines feeding us the latest secular rot, theologians tainting the truth with traditions, and even preachers in churches of Christ manufacturing a user-friendly Jesus. Many God-fearing people are either confused or have just lost interest.
One of the greatest challenges facing Christians today is not so much in explaining the real Jesus but trying to generate interest in knowing Him. Our fast-paced life-style easily substitutes instant gratification for studied satisfaction (2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 3:15) and the pleasures of sin (Hebrews 11:25) trump the desire to “seek those things which are above” (Colossians 3:1-2).
When an opportunity to introduce Christ to someone arises, we should be “ready always to give an answer” (1 Peter 3:15), especially when it is easier to talk about the weather, the economy, or even politics than the soul’s eternal destiny. Further, for those who strive to be strong Christians, discussions about the Savior will serve as a vital reminder of the real nature, purpose, and authority of the One to whom we have given our all (Philippians 3:1).
If you had a treasure that only grew as you gave it away, how industrious would you be to spread the wealth? “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels” (2 Corinthians 4:7). May God bless our efforts to spread the Good News; and may God be glorified.