There are many religions in the world that are suitable for polite company. Religions that don’t presume on your time and patience. Many people who practice faith but aren’t terribly eager to have you know about their beliefs or practices, let alone convince you that their practices ought to be yours as well. If that’s the case, why can’t Christians follow suit.
Why are Christians so eager to share about Jesus?
Jesus Came to Fulfill God’s Promises to Israel
When you open up the gospels you start noticing that Jesus has come to a particular people (Israel) during a particular time in history (during the reign of the Roman Empire). God had set apart the people of Israel for himself. That’s the story going from Genesis onward.
The one true God came to an unlikely people (not the greatest or the wealthiest or the most well established), rescued them out of slavery and established them to be set apart for His purposes in the world. The people of Israel were to be a light to the nations and an example and testimony to the God they served. Israel was God’s plan to restore the broken relationship between God and man, man and man, man and creation, and man with himself.
This kingdom came together for a time during the reign of King David. Within a few generations the kingdom divided into a northern Kingdom (Israel) and a southern Kingdom (Judah). Sin and disobedience followed by repentance and restoration become a major theme in the Old Testament. At some point the northern Kingdom is conquered and within a few generations so is Judah. The Babylonians displace God’s people and send them into exile. The exiles eventually return, rebuild, and await a coming Messiah (King) who would re-establish the Kingdom of God’s people in a new Israel.
That Messiah is constantly presented throughout the gospels as Jesus. Jesus is the fulfillment of Israel’s promise and God’s plan to restore fundamental relationships.
Jesus Came for the Poor, Needy, and Marginalized
Throughout the gospels, but in Luke in particular Jesus is presented as for the poor, the needy, the outcast, and the marginalized.
Jesus comes for others in society as well, but it’s notable that God comes to the soft-hearted and to those who receive him not just those in power and authority or those who believe they are the strongest.
Jesus begins the process of constituting a people for the Trinity. During his ministry on earth Jesus taught his disciples what it meant to be God’s people in thought, word, deed, and authority. Jesus stands as the reconciling agent between man and God, man and man, man and creation, and man with himself.
All who believe in Jesus and his work of salvation on the cross culminating in death, physical resurrection, and ascension are granted eternal life and to be part of the new first fruits of new creation through the work of God in their lives. All are welcomed to repent of their sins committed against God and neighbor, be reconciled, and believe.
Physical resurrection that’s probably the most remarkable statement of all. There’s nothing really like it in religion.
Christians believe Jesus was fully God and fully man. We believe that he died, was buried, and that on the third day he rose again. We believe this reality was essential for his work of reconciling all things unto himself and making peace for the fundamental brokenness in all of creation.
Jesus is Very Real and Invites you to Accept Him as Savior and Lord
Christians feel compelled to share this testimony and witness because of the power and reality of God at work in our own lives.
We don’t believe we’re perfect, we know probably more than most that sin deeply impacts our hearts and lives, but we are conscious of that sin and with God’s help we are slowly seeing the transformation of the old ways into new ways.
We’ve experienced new life that is better and more satisfying than anything else we’ve come across or tried and we want you to know about it.
We give witness to Jesus because we would not be the people we are without Him. That’s why we tell you and that’s why we invite you to accept Jesus as Lord. Come as you are, there is no better time.