Tuesday, June 26, 2018
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It used to be a lot simpler, you know, helping your kids with their homework. First of all, most of us have forgotten more than we remember from school anyway. Second of all, they're studying things we probably have no clue about! And they're learning things a lot sooner than we did. So here comes Junior, looking for answers. You can't just tell him you don't know. I mean, you're a parent! You're supposed to know everything, right? So you find some diversion: you have a sudden coughing seizure, a call you forgot to make. You don't need to know all the answers. All you need is to be able to Google things. You may not have the answers, but you have the source of the answers!
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "What to Say When You Don't Have the Answer."
There are a lot of spiritually seeking people who want some answers. And when someone tells them about the difference that Jesus Christ can make in their lives, they have questions. Look, you may be one of those seekers and you know Jesus has to be a serious option for anyone with an honestly seeking heart. But you do need some answers.
Or maybe you're someone who belongs to Jesus. You want people you care about to experience this love and this power and this peace you have, but you're afraid of their questions. Maybe you've been thrown by their questions. You know Jesus; you know what He can do, but you don't know the answers to their questions. That's not a reason to retreat. Like a parent going online to find the answers that he doesn't have, you may not know the answers, but you have the source of the answers. The Bible says of Jesus: "Christ (is) the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Corinthians 1:24). My job isn't to have all the answers. It's to point people to the One who does have all the answers-who, in fact, is all the answers!
The great Apostle Paul was a scholar trained in the finest education of his day; a writer who could craft a case that it was hard to refute. But in our word for today from the Word of God, this man who knew a lot of answers tells us all we really need to know. In 1 Corinthians 2:2, he says, "I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." For all that he knew, he just kept pointing people to Jesus and to the cross where He died for them.
If you're a "seeker," I just want to take you to that cross where Jesus died for you. That's what you have to decide about. If you're a "sharer" of what Jesus did, I just want to take you to that cross where Jesus died for the person you're talking to. That's what you have to tell them about. I appreciated what Mel Gibson did in "The Passion of the Christ." He stripped away 2,000 years of Christianity and took us back to what it's all about, before there were any creeds, any churches, any Christians really. There was just the Son of God, pouring out His life on a cross for you.
I don't have all the answers for poverty and suffering in the world, but I have a Savior who entered into that suffering when He came here, who lived as a poor man, a homeless man, who died to defeat the ultimate generator of human suffering-human sin. It's all about Jesus. I don't have all the answers about why someone you love died. I only know that God knows the feeling. He watched His Son murdered on a cross. It's all about Jesus. I can't explain many of the hypocrites and the horrible things that have been done in Christ's name, but I know Jesus said, "Follow Me" not "Follow My followers." It's all about Jesus.
That's why you can dare to tell people about Him, even if there are answers you don't know, because it's all about pointing them to Jesus. And that's why I challenge you to end your long search for meaning and for God by finally going to Jesus, who died for you, who rose from the dead to give you life that would never end. It's all about Jesus. And that's what Judgment Day will be all about, what you did with Jesus.
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We'll never have all the answers. We can have the One who does-Who is the answer. So, the most important choice of your life comes down to four words: It's all about Jesus.