I’m currently reading a book called Who Is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus by John Ortberg. Aside from having longwinded titles, I like Ortberg’s work.
The following section struck me as I read it tonight when referring to why Jesus seems to be the centerpiece of human history. Why does Jesus stand first?
Maybe because of its timing. Maybe Jesus was just a sympathetic figure who happened to come along when Roman infrastructure was good and Greek philosophy was undermining the gods, when paganism was dying and social systems were collapsing when stability was down and anxiety was up and gullibility was strong and… it was just dumb luck. May Jesus was a kind, simple, innocent soul with a good mom and a knack for catchy sayings who showed up in the right place at the right time. Jesus Gump. Maybe his place in history is a remarkable accident.
But maybe it isn’t.
That whole “…maybe it isn’t” cannot be ignored. If the life and timing of Jesus is more than a remarkable accident, if there’s even a remote chance of “…maybe it isn’t,” you would be so incredibly foolish to never investigate this man and what he says.