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March 22, 2004 Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Looking for the 'real' Jesus

By Rev. Leland D. Bendix, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township

There appears to be more and more talk about looking for the 'real' Jesus ever since Mel Gibson’s movie "The Passion of the Christ" came out.

Where do we fmd the truth about Jesus? Where can we get a historical, as well as a spiritual account of what happened?

One of the apostles, inspired by the spirit of God, wrote a record of what he saw and understood: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (1 John 1:14 NIV)

This apostle was John, who wrote these words in the Gospel after his name, recorded in the first chapter, at the 14th verse. This Gospel is one of the 66 canonical books of what we know as the Bible.

It was John, along with the other apostles who were among the disciples of Christ, who was there when Jesus was tried, condemned and crucified.

It was John, along with Mary, the mother of Jesus, who stood at the foot of the cross. It is his first-hand account, along with the others, that tells us the truth about Jesus.

If you want to know about the historical Jesus, what He taught and who He really is, you need to read the Bible. There, you will find the answers. There, you will find the truth.

From Genesis to Revelation, you will hear the story of a God who loved and gave the very best for a world of lost sinners so that they, through faith in Him, could find forgiveness for their sins and the assurance of life everlasting.

You will find in the Bible the history of God’s people and His eternal plan to help all mankind.

Isaiah foretold the suffering of Jesus hundreds of years before it happened. Just take a look at the 52nd and 53rd chapters of Isaiah and read his prophecy by the spirit of God, who gave him the words to write.

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