Take a Second Look

July 14, 2010 at 4:05 am Leave a comment

Here, at long last, is the final part of my series Wisdom From my Father, based off of his charge to the graduates at my graduation.  (Read Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Now, it’s time to take a fresh look at the central figure of human history.

I [my dad] am a lawyer, not a preacher.  I don’t know where you stand in your beliefs – I don’t know whether or not you’re a Christian, and I don’t know what you think of Jesus. 

But there’s a chance He is very different than you think.

The Jesus of the Bible confronted hypocrisy – and the established religious leaders.  He touched lepers and took on poverty.  He ate dinner with prostitutes.  He built houses and caught fish.  He started a revolution.  And He laid it all down for his friends.

Regardless of what you might think or believe, I want to challenge you to be willing to lay aside your preconceptions about Jesus and actually read about his life.  Whether you’ve never heard of him or you’ve grown up in church and think you know all about Jesus – I suggest you ignore everything you think you know and take a fresh look.  Read with an open mind.  I’d recommend starting with Luke – Luke was a historian, and his account is written in a very straightforward, factual, and researched way.  See if what you find about the real man squares with what you’ve always imagined him to be. 

Because if Jesus really is the central figure in history, than he might be worth a second look.  And what you believe about him might also determine the course of your life.

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