One thing invariably happens this time of year. I’m not talking about a giant bunny or baskets filled with candy. This is the time of year that people deny and dispute the existence of Jesus. The media is usually among the first to jump on the bandwagon of proclaiming “Jesus is a myth.”
Now let me be clear: This is the very definition of false advertising. No credible historian believes Jesus is a myth. Even the greatest skeptics of religion agree that theory has been abandoned. Bart Ehrman, the agnostic biblical scholar and fierce critic of the authenticity of the New Testament, calls Jesus-deniers “Internet conspiracy theorists trying to sell books”. He adds that denying Jesus’ existence is like denying there was a Holocaust.
Dominic Crossan, another scholar who would never pass for an evangelical apologist, says he’s “certain” that Christ existed, however, he’s not certain about who Jesus is. So the real question isn’t, “Did Christ exist?” He did! The real question yet to be answered is, “Who is He?’
This Sunday we’ll see how Jesus moves from being labeled by people as being “Qualified” to be the Messiah, the One sent by God to save the world from their sins, to being “Questioned” about who gave Him the authority to make such claims. We’ll have children singing, palm branches waving, and the pastors preaching, but I hope we’ll hear true answers given about the Truth, so when we leave we will all believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and shout, “Hosanna in the highest!”
See you this Sunday at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00am, and I not only hope that you come to Wildwood, but I hope you’ll invite a skeptic as we share the truth about the Truth!