10 Questions with ... Jesus Christ
April 6, 2015
1. Brief history/synopsis
Born to a young mom who was originally as surprised about Me as my dad was. He had a LOT of questions for her before they got it straight. But there's chapters more to THAT story. Raised in a devout Jewish home, trained in carpentry and the teachings of God. I took a three year journey at the age of 30, meeting people, and offering help. Sometimes I was received warmly, other times not so much. Religious people didn't like me a lot. Hope, joy, love, redemption....I guess they're pretty radical concepts. But that was My life.
2. Thanks for taking this time to chat with us. I've got to admit from the start that I'm a big fan of Yours. I've followed and studied You for the majority of my life.
Yes, I know. I've been familiar with you since before you were born ;-)
3. Oh wow.....yeah, I guess that's right. What a humbling, awe-inspiring, sobering thought. You've been there for my whole life, good times and bad. Including when I've absolutely blown it big time, and disappointed You. I'm so sorry for all those things I've done.
Well, I'm not quite sure exactly what you're talking about? When I look at you, I see a guy that I love, and one who has believed & trusted Me. You must have asked forgiveness for those mistakes you mention. I guess I've got 'em covered. ;-) Best advice I can give you? Continue on the path. Follow and learn. I'm not here to judge or condemn. Totally the opposite.
4. Most important thing to You? If you could only get one thought across to the world, what would it be?
Love God & love people. Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and body. And love the people you come in contact with as much as you do yourself. Focus 100% of your life's efforts on that.
5. Easter...we just celebrated it this past weekend....commemorating a cataclysmic series of events in Your life....what comes to Your mind when you think back to that weekend?
Well, that entire week was a pretty intense time for Me. I was aware of what was coming, but that didn't make it any easier. I know it may sound crazy, but I knew what was going to happen that weekend before I ever took my first step on Earth. So many things happened that were so vitally important to the plan. One thing I remember is the vision of faces of people that I love so very much, all looking up at Me. I couldn't help but think that I'd prefer they didn't have to agonize over My death. I knew it wasn't going to end this way, and I wanted THEM to know that. I'd be able to show & tell them soon enough, but it was still tough seeing their heartache.
6. I've got to ask this as a follow-up....if You KNEW what was going to happen, why in God's green earth would You allow it to happen? Couldn't You have avoided all that pain?
Oh, you have no idea of what I could have done instead. ;-) The Roman army, religious leaders, conspirers, betrayers....they would have never seen it coming, and never even knew what hit them. But that wasn't the plan. I was born to die. As incredibly simple as that sounds, it had to happen.
7. But why? Couldn't you have done more if you had lived longer? Three years of "ministry" is a pretty short time.
Well, I see how it could be tough to understand, but it all centers around My wanting to have a relationship with people. I want nothing more than to be able to walk and talk with people. Live everyday life with them. Be in constant contact. And no, I'm not talking about Facebook ;-) I'm talking about a one-on-one, close, deep, personal friendship. Where they can share their heart with Me, and I can offer Mine to them in return. I want to be the closest friend they've ever had. But there was something keeping that from happening, and we had to get that taken care of.
8. WHAT? What was keeping that from happening? Spill, please!
Well, several thousand years before I was born on Earth, this world didn't look anything like it does now. It had no shape, and there was no life. God made the sun, moon and stars. He created the land, oceans, plants, fish & animals. And one day He made man. Isn't it crazy how simple that sounds? Betty Crocker makes cakes. God made a man. Using dirt, He hand-crafted that man, named Adam, in His own image, and breathed life into his lungs. Did you catch that? God gave him CPR. Adam and God walked and talked, and spent time together. And their relationship grew. But God understood that man needed a companion. An earthly friend, someone more like him. So He put Adam to sleep, and removed a rib. First a Paramedic, and now a Surgeon! From the rib, God hand-made a woman, named Eve. God pretty much gave them the run of the place, with just one exception. Adam & Eve spent some time getting to know each other, and then they branched out. Somewhere along the way, curiosity got the best of them, and they each decided to explore Exception Avenue. It was a bad choice. Their eyes & mind were opened to understand good and evil. And from that day forward, there was a division between man and God. I was born to bridge that gap.
9. That astounds me. How could Adam, who had walked with God, disobey the one rule that God had given him? What a goofball.
Yeah, I get that. But you wouldn't believe the people who have seen Me, walked with me, talked with me and yet STILL choose to go a different way. I've shaken My head in amazement more than once.
10. So what's the solution? In a world searching for answers, what do we do?
Well it's really very simple. Follow Me. You touched on it with your first couple questions. First step is to believe I'm Who I say I am. And then trust Me to take your place. As you know, God can't stand to look at evil. He has to turn His head and look somewhere else. As horrific and unbelievable as it might seem, my death opened the door to life. They beat Me, whipped Me, nailed Me to a cross and stuck a spear in My side. My blood that spilled on the ground that day is enough to cover all the evil anyone will ever do. So if you ask for My forgiveness, you'll receive it. And that's the start of our relationship.
1. Ok....favorite Easter treat? Chocolate, or Peeps?
Ah, well....I'm kind of fond of both. I don't eat a lot of sweets, but both of those in moderation are good. Have you ever tried a Peep/Milk Chocolate sandwich? You're gonna need some milk for that one!
2. Funniest moment from the road?
Oh there were some really great times while we were all traveling together. Maybe one of the best was the little fellow who came to hear me speak, and brought the sardines and biscuits for lunch. You should have seen his eyes when he saw all the food that came as a result of what he brought in that little bag. Thousands and thousands of people ate that day from that little boys faithfulness. I still smile when I think about that.
3. Thanks much for your time today. When will we be able to chat with You again?
Well, I'm hoping we can keep chatting on a regular basis. That's the way I like it. Continual conversation. Folks taking me along with them on their everyday walk. So you just say hello anytime. I will be here listening, and waiting.