The Identity of Jesus Colossians 1:15-23
Sermon 5 of 14
How many times have you uttered the sentence “I never thought in my lifetime I would ever see…”
The other day, I ran across a headline that said “Unnamed Deity Blesses the Episcopal Church.” Needless to say that headline grabbed my attention. It was an article from about 10 years ago from Christianity Today about an Episcopal church in Baltimore Maryland that did some market research and decided to deliberately de-emphasize Jesus Christ. The head of the market research group said “The sad fact is the name of Jesus Christ has become for many people exclusionary”
"We're enabling people to discover God themselves, maybe through Jesus, maybe through Buddha, maybe through any number of ways," You know it doesn’t take a spiritually enlightened person to know that something is missing. Their minister said “this is not a back door way to get people into the church.” I agree. It probably isn’t a back door way to get people into the church. I wish it were… I could at least understand (not endorse) it as a strategy. But this seems to be much worse than a strategy. It appears to me that they are just simply in the dark and they are at odds with God Himself.
You see, there is a reason why people see Jesus as exclusionary. The reason is because Jesus saw himself that way. Jesus said, “I am Thee Way, Thee Truth, Thee Light, and there is no other way to the Father but by me.” That is pretty exclusive don’t you think.
What we must understand is it is not our job to make Jesus palatable to the world. It is our mission to present Jesus to the world. And we are to present Jesus as He is… not as the world wants Him to be.