Jesus is the high view of what this looks like; he is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15). People gain by becoming a Christian only through being ‘in Christ’ and sharing in his power over death and sin. Put simply, all the great blessings offered by Christianity are found in Jesus himself (Colossians 2:9). Become a Christian because of who Jesus is and how good he is: he is the life, he is the truth, he is the way to God (John 14:6).
2. Because it’s the truth, not a myth
Christianity is much more than a powerful story. It is not a myth that embodies deep primordial truths about the human existential experience. It is not even the offer of a narrative to bring you meaning. Although it does involve a powerful story that resonates with realities that we continue to experience as human beings, the history of the Bible and the central story of Jesus are significantly more than useful information containing relevant ideas.
Christianity is first and foremost the offer of truth – facts and history that can bring you into what is true and right. As much as it appears to be mythic and religious truth, the Bible presents Christianity as actual, factual truth, historical, and real in relation to this world.
Christianity is first and foremost the offer of truth.
In a letter to early Christians, the Apostle Peter wrote, “we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (1 Peter 1:16). Similarly, when the Bible talks about God, people, the world, the beginning, the end, it describes things that are genuinely true in the reality of which we are a part.
This is crucial. It means that Christianity offers input from outside the realms of our own notions or apprehensions. It is truth coming down from above, like light shining into darkness; it offers the transformative, the ultimate, a way for rescue. Christianity is so much more than help for the problems we already have; it is hope for something much greater still.
3. Because it’s grace, not law
Like a hospital, Christianity is for sick and dying people, not for a healthy, righteous world (Mark 2:17). Christianity is the Emergency Ward for people who are guilty, ashamed, failed and flawed. The gospel is a message for those who know they have ruined themselves, and others, and this world in one way or another. Jesus associated so closely with the social outcast