Why Is Jesus So Important To So Many People?
Why is Jesus so important?
An immense question that I wouldn’t even attempt to answer completely here. Some have spent their entire life writing on this question and only graze the surface to a sufficient answer. However, for many this is a eminent question and one that deserves consideration.
In short, one of the reasons Jesus is so important to so many people because of his humanity. Jesus walked on this earth. Each morning he woke up and decided how he would spend that day. He made decisions: where he would go, who he would talk to, and what he would eat. He mourned when his cousin died and he probably joked around and laughed with his disciples. Jesus was human.
It is within Jesus’ humanity that we are drawn closer to God; we get a clear picture of what it means to be made in the image of God. In his book, About You: Fully Human, Fully Alive, Dan Staub says it this way:
I came to see Jesus as the great humanizer. I realized that He did not come to start a new religion; he came to rehumanize dehumanized humans, to restore the luster of God’s image so we can again glow with God’s holistic presence spiritually, intellectually, creatively, morally, and relationally. Jesus came to earth to restore fallen humans to fully human beings regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, gender, and economic, educational, or social status.
The reason Jesus is so important is because he is the model for our life. He shows us what humanity should look like. He shows us where our priorities should be. Jesus was the human God intended us to be. That is why his humanity is so significant.
Jesus’ model for life is more than some ideal example that we aspire after. If one were to look closely at the character and priorities of Jesus, it would become clear what it means to be a human to the fullest. Following Jesus with all your being has a transforming element to it that can never be entirely explained, only experienced.
The closer I live to Jesus’ life, the more confident and energized I become. I am being genuine when I say this. Over the past week I have disciplined myself to begin each day with Jesus. I spend around 15 minutes every morning, reading from my Bible and working through a study on his life. In just one week of doing this I have seen a change in my behavior.
I spend less time on social media and worry less about what others think about me. I feel more energized at work, as if my purpose has been clearly defined, and I am pushed forward with a new type of energy. I feel more compassionate to others, I seek to spend more time with people, and I am more willing to share my faith. This is all from one week!
Jesus came to “rehumanize dehumanized humans;” I believe it. I encourage you to spend intentional time with Jesus this week, even if that means opening up a Bible for the first time in a long time. Simply observe what 5 or 10 minutes with him every morning does for you. You might soon realize why Jesus is so important.