“WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, Madonna once said, “Jesus Christ was like a movie star, my favorite idol of all.”
Napoleon Bonaparte went further: “I know men, and I tell you Jesus Christ was not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and other religions the distance of infinity.”
And then there was novelist H. G. Wells: “I am an historian, I am not a believer. But, this penniless preacher from Galilee is irresistibly the center of history.”
There has never been a human quite like Jesus. He towers above us all in goodness and courage, in impact and influence. The greatest artists, leaders, and thinkers, all put together, are dwarfed by Him.
Yet Jesus did not come to impress us. He said He had come to save us, in total humility, as God come down among us. If He is who He says He is, and the gospel is real, then this is very good news. He simply wants us to learn to reach out and trust Him to help and calm us, to forgive and restore us. If we are to live fully and empowered, then this has to be the first step.
So wherever you are with God—whether you are searching, are wanting more, or have turned your back and are walking away—this verse is truth:
“The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
Remember—or discover for the first time—that we can trust Him and that He has the power to change our lives for the better. I am slowly learning that He is the key to everything.