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JESUS - WAS OR IS?

Not all who read the Bible will say with that centurion at the foot of the cross, "Surely this was the Son of God" (Mt. 27:54). Much of the world has yet to say that. However, most of the world's population does believe there was once a man named Jesus.

Ask on the street of any major city if anyone believes in Jesus. Someone will say an enthusiastic yes. The question will take none by surprise, nor would the name of Christ be unfamiliar. Still, they are simply saying that they believe there once was a Jesus. They believe in Jesus the same way they believe in Genghis Khan or Marco Polo. They were merely agreeing with the record. Historically, the world has voted: there was a Jesus.

Christians are not interested in talking about the Jesus who was. They are interested only in the Christ who is. For Christians, it is not the Christ who once  reckoned  with Pilate that  they find vital but the Christ who remains a contemporary of American presidents or British prime ministers. It is this Jesus that forty percent of Americans worship each Sunday.