Does it matter what others think about Jesus?

Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”

The disciples answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah or one of the prophets.”

In those days that answer showed a sense of wonder. Jesus was matched with the notable radicals of  his days and of the past.

The people were wrong, but there answer did show that the crowds had a growing appreciation for Jesus that was also defined by confusion.

Would people around you continue this trend of a growing appreciation for Jesus?

The answers might be different in our times, but this question still matters because we want the truth to be known. Our freedom is found in the truth of Jesus and not just the opinions or rumors.

If opinions or rumors don’t matter, why do we ask what other people say?

I think it is a good question because it lets us know the path to sharing the truth.

How does the path to the truth change when both people have confusion, but one person’s confusion has wonder and awe compared to another person’s confusion is shaped around anger?

Richard Dawkins wrote in the book, “The God Delusion” about his anger that people would trust God, when he wrote:

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

There is quite a bit of anger in Dawkins’ words about God. How do we share the truth of who Jesus is in the middle of such anger?

On the other hand I know people will talk so glowingly about the love of Jesus, but then they completely disconnect that love from redemption. Instead of the love of Jesus being about rescue it becomes about acceptance. How do we share the truth of Jesus with someone that does not connect their wonder of Jesus to what Jesus actually came to accomplish?

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