IT’S ALWAYS A PERSON-TO-PERSON THING
The Christian faith is passed from person to person. That’s how it started with Jesus, and that’s how it’s been for 2,000-plus years.
What was it about Jesus that caused people to believe in him and follow him with no evidence? We don’t know. Some might remember the old radio program “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” The appearance of Jesus was dressed up with music, so that before he spoke you heard violins in the background. Most assuredly that did not really happen. Jesus didn’t need background music to impress people. There was something about him that drew people to him.
When British biblical scholar J.B. Phillips translated the Gospels, he was struck by the personality of Jesus and how he drew others to himself. He concluded that there must have been something extraordinary about his person that affected those with whom he came into contact. He described his own reaction in his 1967 book Ring of Truth, that there must have been something magnetic about Jesus’ personality to have such an immediate effect on people.
People meet Jesus, and they are changed. Whatever their deepest need was, Jesus meets it. Then they tell others what happened.
And that’s how it has worked ever since. One person says to another, “I follow Jesus and invite you to do so too.” Later, as the church grows, parents bring their infant children to Jesus in baptism and then bring them up to follow him.
That now becomes our task, to tell people, “Come and see.” Come and see what Jesus has done and is doing for you!
See you in church!