I’ve been on an interesting journey in the past 1 year.
I’ve been asking more questions than I normally do and I’ve been constantly surprised by many of the answers I’m discovering.
One of the questions I’ve been asking is, “Why did Jesus come? What was His message?“. Ok, that’s actually 2 questions. But they are related.
I know what you are thinking. “Huh? That’s a no-brainer. Jesus came to die for our sins so that we can go to heaven.“
Let me ask you a question. Which part of the Bible do we normally go to find the answer to this question?
Most Christians would answer, “The Epistles”. Yes, the letters in the New Testament. Specifically, Romans.
Shouldn’t we find out the purpose and message of Jesus from Jesus Himself?
Guess what I discovered.
The church generally only focuses on 2 parts of Jesus life. His birth and His death.
Guess which days you see the most people in church? You got it. Christmas and Easter.
What happened to everything in between the birth and death of Jesus?
I came to the realization that all this while I’ve been missing something really huge. It’s always been there but I never saw it because I was filtering everything through glasses I’ve been given to wear.
So, for the most part of 2013, I did my best to take off those glasses and listen to the words, ministry and life of Jesus afresh again. I tried my best to experience Jesus as though I had just met Him for the first time.
I went through the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John over and over and over again. Not just picking a few verses here and there. But going through each book from start to end. Taking in as big chunks as I could.
I listened more than I read.
And I was shocked!
It was almost as though I discovered a New Gospel! Well, not really. But a much fuller, richer, deeper, transformational, compelling Gospel!
It’s like what Jesus said in Matthew 13:44,
God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.
I found treasure!
And I would like to invite you to find it too.
If it is at all possible, put aside all your preconceptions of why you think Jesus came. Take off the glasses you’ve been wearing all these years and try to see Him with fresh eyes.
Start with the book of Mark. Read it through 2-3 times. Then do the same with Matthew and Luke. Then John.
No time to read? Invest in an audio bible. Listen to it every day as much as you can.
It is my prayer that you too would find this treasure hidden in the field. A treasure so great, you would sell all to buy the field!
Part 2 here