When Jesus entered the scene, the whole world changed. We looked at the fuse; now, let’s look at the fallout.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection/completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 1 Corinthians 13:9-10
Over the last several days, we have looked at the fuse concerning the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, thanks to J. Warner Wallace in his book, “Person of Interest.”
What is the dogma (the absolute truth) about Jesus?
- He left His throne in heaven above to come to earth as a human.
- He was born of a virgin in order to be both human and divine.
- He lived a perfect life in complete fellowship and partnership with His Father and with the Spirit.
- He gave His life in place of ours on a cross.
- He rose from the dead three days later, thus defeating death.
- He ascended back to His throne 40 days later.
- 10 days after that, at Pentecost, He sent God the Holy Spirit to live in and empower His followers.
Jesus is who He said He is, and He did what He said He’d do. Therefore, we can trust Him to do what He said He would do, which is to come and live in everyone who will receive Him as Lord. What difference has Christ made in this world? From “Person of Interest” we have these summary statements:
The three-stranded [spiritual, cultural, prophetic] fuse that burned toward the Common Era [birth of Christ] seemed to make Jesus’s arrival inevitable. He met our human expectations, matched the Jewish predictions, and arrived at precisely the right time in the history of the Roman Empire to be shared with the entire known world…every explosion, whether a criminal act or an important historical event, has both a fuse and some fallout, and I still had more to investigate. If Jesus truly mattered, the fallout of history would be cluttered with evidence. Page 94
“…the evidence from the fuse and the fallout alone exposed two important truths: First, no person had the kind of impact Jesus had on history. Second, every reconstruction of the Jesus story from the literature, art, music, education, and science fallout describes Jesus as God incarnate.” Page 252
Over the next few days, we will be delving into the literature, art, music, education, and science of the last 2,000 years to see how Christ Jesus has influenced each of them. I think you will be more than impressed; I think you will be astounded! I certainly was!!!
Abba, I look forward to walking through the chapters about the fallout again. The information was overwhelming–more than enough for me to believe that Jesus influences EVERY area of our lives. May our study deepen our faith in Your faithfulness to us. Amen.