L. A. Marzulli
I was at the Paradigm Symposium last weekend and spoke for an hour. Most of the people there were not Christians. That’s OK, I got along fine with everyone and met some really great folks and engaged in some very enlightening conversations. I presented On the Trial of the Nephilim and thought it went over well.
That night there was a live radio show in the bar of the Hotel where we were all staying. I was asked to come on the show, which I did. After the interview I was talking to someone about the Nephilim and my findings. In the course of the conversation I mentioned Jesus, by name, and the man actually took a step backward, and looked around nervously, thinking that I was trying to convert him, and this is what I want to address today!
A lot of people think they know Jesus. They see the hucksters on Christian TV asking for the $1000.00 seed faith offering, or magic holy water being peddled by another “minister”, or some guy yelling and screaming about who knows what from the pulpit and unfortunately, in my opinion, this has little to do with Jesus.
Others have been hurt by the churches they attended in their youth. I know one man who was embarrassed in front of the entire congregation, by the pastor and never went back after that horrible day, which was about 40 years ago. He doesn’t want anything to do with that Jesus, and who can blame him.
Then there’s the pedophilia and the molestation which happens in pretty much all the churches, at some point. Many of these people wonder why God would allow them to be so deeply hurt and so, they co-mingle their pain and violation with who they think Jesus is.
Still others think Jesus was a good man, or one of many avatars and wise, holy-men who have incarnated here on earth, but surely He wasn’t the Son of God.
I spoke at a UFO bar a few days ago…. no kidding, and there were about ten people there. One of the men came up to me and before telling me his name, informed me he was a hybrid and had been abducted over 80 times! Others too, had been abducted and all of them had seen UFOs multiple times. I was reticent about speaking there and I wasn’t sure what I was going to present. However, as I started my impromptu presentation with my laptop facing them, I found myself talking about Jesus.
I told them He wasn’t who most of them thought He was. Then I told some “Good-News” stories. How wherever He went people were healed, made whole, deaf ears were opened, blind eyes saw for the first time, leprosy, which was a death sentence in the ancient world, was healed on the cellular, molecular level. Demons fled at the sound of His voice. Men and women were raised from the dead when He called them forth. Raging storms yielded to His command.
In short, He is/was amazing and he also had a great sense of humor, as I pointed out in the story where he sends the disciples out in a boat and then tells them he’ll catch up with them later! What was the first clue to these guys, that something wasn’t as it should be! How is He going to join them if they leave ahead of him in a boat?!? Most of us know the story, He goes out walking on the water and instead of calling to them, so they won’t be startled, He calmly walks by them, like he’s out for a casual stroll! I love it!
When I finished my presentation I prayed for some of the folks, as many of them had medical issues and needed healing.
When we share Jesus with those who don’t’ know Him, what do we show people? A set of do’s and dont’s? Do we have a list of rules we present? Do we talk about their sin and tell them they’re going to burn in hell? Do we act like we know it all? Are we pompous windbags going on and on without a comma? Do we cite chapter and verse to impress our listener how much we study?
Jesus never did any of those things. Think about the woman caught in adultery? He says to her, go and sin no more. Think about Levi the tax collector. Jesus dines with him. He also hung out with prostitutes, gluttons and wine-bibbers. He talked to outcast like the Samaritan woman. Everywhere He went, there was goodness. Goodness and peace followed him and people’s lives were touched and then change happened, to them. How can anyone argue with that?
In closing todays bun: We are told that the greatest commandment is love. It’s not our doctorate degrees, or our position at a university, or how much we think we know. It’s all about how much we love one another. In fact Jesus told us that they—the world—would know that we were His disciples by the love we had for one another.
So who is the Jesus we present to those around us? Think about it….
Dr. J. Vernon Mcgee used to say, Prayer Changes things….
Please pray for:
Patrick Heron – for healing.
Sue – for healing.
Dr. Roger Leir – for strength and healing.
Mrs. I. D. E. Thomas – for comfort in her time of mourning.
Pastor Hectors wife – for comfort in her time of mourning.
Katherine B – Healing
Nancy Missler – Healing