Jesus and the Honest Skeptic (1 of 10) by Roger Thomas

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Jesus and the Honest Skeptic (1 of 10)
Come As You Are
Roger Thomas
John 1:43-51
January 7, 2001

A little preschooler came home from her first time at Sunday School. Mom wanted to know how things had gone and what the little girl thought about the experience. Mom hoped she would like it and want to keep going. "How was it?" mom asked.

"Oh, it was fine and it was fun. But I think my teacher was Jesus' grandma!"

"What makes you think that?" asked the surprised mom.

The little girl answered without hesitation, "Because she kept showing us pictures of baby Jesus. And he's all she talked about!"

John chapter one introduces a number of people who kept talking about Jesus. John the writer of the book was one of those. This entire book is about Jesus first, last, and always. John had so much to say about Jesus that he couldn't write it all down. Do you remember how he closes the book: (John 21:24-25) "This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. {25} Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."

John's whole purpose for his book is revealed a chapter earlier: (John 20:30-31) "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. {31} But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."

He couldn't be clearer: Christianity, eternal life, heaven--are all based on what you know and think about Jesus. Some religions require an intimate knowledge of rituals, ceremonies, or philosophies and laws. Christianity is about a person. Those who would point others to heaven must point to a person—Jesus Christ. Imagine what an impact we might have if folk thought we might be Jesus' grandmother or grandpa, because we ...


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