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Faith Moment
January 23, 2012
Revealing Jesus

The Bible declares that Jesus Christ is to be revealed to all the earth.  At times, we wonder if this is even possible, and yet we often find evidence of it happening in unexpected places. We see it, for instance, in the life of Bono, the lead singer for the rock group U2.

A few years ago, Bono was asked if the claim of Jesus' divinity is farfetched. His response was interesting and encouraging:
 
No, it's not farfetched to me. Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: he was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius. But actually Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off that hook.

Christ says: ‘No. I'm not saying I'm a teacher. Don't call me teacher. I'm not saying I'm a prophet. I'm saying: ‘I'm the Messiah.’ I'm saying: ‘I am God incarnate.’

And people say: ‘No, no, please, just be a prophet. A prophet, we can take…. But don't mention the "M" word! Because, you know, we're gonna have to crucify you.’

And he goes: ‘No, no. I know you're expecting me to come back with an army, and set you free from these creeps, but actually I am the Messiah….’

So what you're left with is: either Christ was who he said he was—the Messiah—or a complete nutcase. I mean, we're talking nutcase on the level of Charles Manson…. This man was strapping himself to a bomb, and had “King of the Jews" on his head, and, as they were putting him up on the Cross, was going: ‘Okay, martyrdom, here we go. Bring on the pain!’

The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase – for me, that's farfetched.”
 
I’m excited that people in the popular media are attempting to reveal Jesus.  It’s great to hear a prominent person speak out for Jesus.  It is even more exciting, however, when I see Jesus revealed in the life of an everyday, individual Christian.  That’s when I thank God for the incredible power of the Gospel.  That’s when I know that Jesus Christ will be revealed to all the earth.

With Love,
Mike

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