Our modern Christianity has become so Anti-Jesus, it’s disturbing.
In fact, the “Jesus” of Postmodernism is not the Jesus of the Bible. It’s as if all the characteristics of the Lord have been dismantled, and only the “likable” traits have been used to re-assemble a more palatable Christ…
A Christ that loves, but doesn’t punish. One that accepts, but never rejects. One who embraces, but never shows wrath. One that praises, but never chastises. One that seeks, but never judges. One that blesses, but never curses.
This isn’t the Jesus of scripture.
The Jesus of scripture comes with a cross. Comes with a price. Comes with a sacrifice.
The Jesus of scripture demands commitment, faithfulness, and servitude.
He’s bread on the mountainside, but fasting in the wilderness.
He’s provision for the journey, but persecution for His name’s sake.
He’s heaven through poverty, comfort by mourning, and inheritance from meekness. He’s fulfillment that only comes by hunger, mercy given that only comes by mercy shown. He’s communion with God that only comes with purity of life. He’s inheritance only afforded to peacemakers. He’s the Kingdom of God only extended to those persecuted for His name.
No, the Jesus of the modern church looks nothing like the Jesus of scripture.
The Jesus of the modern church is a buffet-style Jesus… a mix-and-match Jesus… an ala-carté Jesus… a build-your-own Jesus.
But the Jesus of the Bible is a “eat my flesh and drink my blood” Jesus. He’s a “take up your cross daily” Jesus. A “follow my commandments” Jesus.
This is a Jesus largely unfamiliar to the church-world today. But He’s the only Jesus that saves.
We’d better get to know Him.