A speaker once asked a group of children at a summer Bible camp, “Hey kids, what’s grey, runs real fast, has a big bushy tail, climbs trees, and hides nuts for winter?”  The kids were quieter than a roomful of nuts.  The boys and girls just sat and stared.  So the speaker asked again, “Come on, what’s grey…and hides nuts for winter?”  Finally, one little child sheepishly put up her hand.  “Yes, go ahead,” the speaker said.  The girl hesitated, then said, “I want to say a squirrel, but I’ll say Jesus Christ.”

God is most clearly displayed in Jesus.  The Bible says of Jesus in Colossians 1:15 that he is the exact image of God (allowing the Lord to later say, when you see the Son you are seeing the Father).  So then, the question Jesus asked  in Matthew 16:13 regarding whom do men say that He is, is so vitally important.  And doubly so, because in our day there’s no one more popular in North America than Jesus – but not every Jesus is the real Jesus.  For instance, there’s the:

Conservative Jesus – The one who is against tax increases and activist judges as well as for family values and the right to own firearms.

Liberal Jesus – The one who is against Wall Street and Wal-mart, as well as for reducing our carbon footprint and printing money.

Therapist Jesus – The one who helps us cope with life’s problems, heals our past, tells us how valuable we are, and not to be too hard on ourselves.

Starbucks Jesus – The one who only drinks fair-trade coffee, loves spiritual conversations, drives a hybrid, and goes to film festivals.

Open-Minded Jesus – The one who loves everyone all the time no matter what (except for people who are not as open-minded as you are).

Touchdown Jesus – The one who helps athletes run faster and jump higher than non-Christians and determines the outcome of Super Bowls.

Gentle Jesus – The one who is meek and mild, with high cheek bones, flowing hair, and walks around barefoot wearing a sash (and looking very European).

Hippie Jesus – The one who teaches everyone to give peace a chance, imagines a world without religion, and helps us remember that “all you need is love”.

Yuppie Jesus – The one who encourages us to to reach for the stars by rising to our full potential in health and wealth, so we can have out mansions now.

Spirituality Jesus – The one who hates religion, churches, pastors, doctrine, etc. and would rather have  people out in nature finding the “god” within us.

Platitude Jesus – The one who is good for Hallmark Christmas specials, greeting cards and sappy sermons, inspiring people to believe in themselves.

Revolutionary Jesus – The one who teaches us to rebel against the status quo, stick it to the man, and blame everything on “the system”.

Guru Jesus – The one who is a wise, inspirational teacher who believes in you and helps you find your spiritual center thru meditation.

Good Example Jesus – The one who shows you how to help people and in turn change the planet by you becoming a better you.

But Christ is not a reflection of one’s current mood or the  projection of one’s personal desires.  He is God and Lord.  He is the Father’s Son, Saviour of the world, and substitute for our sins – more loving, more holy, and one day more terrifying than we ever thought possible.

“Good Luck To All In 2018″