Why should someone who lived 2,000 years ago make any difference to us today? I know Jesus was supposed to be a great man, but there have been lots of notable people since then, so why is He so important? — C.T.
If Jesus were just another notable person, then you might be right. After all, Jesus never commanded an army or exercised great political power. And yet no other individual has had such a profound impact on human society.
Why is this? The reason is because Jesus was more than just another great man. The Bible tells us that He also was God in human flesh -- that is, He was both fully man and fully God. He came into this world to show us what God is like, and He also came to tear down the barrier between us and God -- a barrier caused by our sin. The Bible says, "No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known" (John 1:18).
Over the centuries, millions have believed this about Jesus and have committed their lives to Him -- and when they have, their lives have been transformed. Love has replaced hate; compassion has replaced indifference; sacrificial service has replaced greed. And because their lives have been transformed, society itself has been transformed as they sought to make the world a better place.
Our greatest need is to know God and do His will -- and this is your greatest need as well. Don't be satisfied with anything less, but by faith ask Christ to come into your life and change you from within. Like millions of others, you too can discover that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).