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Liberal Jesus Strikes out At The Super Bowl

“Jesus Gets Us,” is a good message, but tells only half of the story

The Super Bowl ad, Jesus Gets Us, presents Jesus as a loving and affirming teacher who loves you. This is true, but it misses out on “the rest of the story.”

For the second year in a row, the ads were presented during the game, this time with Jesus washing the feet of various kinds of people. 

They are right about Jesus loving all people, regardless of their condition. That acceptance was not to affirm people, but it was to transform people. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

Which Jesus?

“He Gets Us” is a “liberal” Jesus, which sounds good but has little power.

There is also the “conservative” Jesus, who is all about rules but runs short on grace.

The Gospel Jesus

The Jesus of the Gospels does accept people where they are, no matter where that is. The Jesus of the Gospels loves them and calls them to have faith and repent of their sins. The real Jesus, or the Gospel Jesus, transforms people’s lives and does not wink at their sins.

Liberal Jesus Strikes out At The Super Bowl

Even in the gospels, people wanted Jesus to fit their mold of what a Messiah should look like. They all had their agendas, but Jesus knew his mission. He did love, but he also spoke the truth. 

 The Samaritan Woman

In John Chapter 4, there is the famous story of Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman at the well. Samaritans were looked down on by Jews, and she is shocked that he would even speak to her. He does treat her with respect and love. The liberal Jesus grabs that part and ignores the rest.

Jesus did not ignore her condition when she said she had no husband.

John 4:18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

Jesus points out her sinful lifestyle, without judgment perhaps, but he does not affirm her lifestyle choice.

He also corrects her theology.

John 4:22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Jesus accepted her as a person and treated her with the respect she was probably not used to. He also lovingly pointed out the truth to her, which did call her to repentance.

The Man he Healed

In John Chapter 5, Jesus heals a crippled man and finds him later, and talks with him. Jesus was pretty straightforward about sin there.

5:14 Later, Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you.”

Pointing Out Their Motives

In John Chapter 6, Jesus miraculously feeds 5,000 people because they were hungry. They keep following him, and later in the chapter, he surprises them. He provided food out of nowhere as a sign that God was at work and wanted them to believe, more than he wanted to fulfill their desires.

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”

Liberal Jesus Strikes out At The Super Bowl

The woman caught in sin.

John Chapter 8 begins with the story of the woman caught in sin. It was a setup to try to get Jesus to say something wrong. He refused to answer their questions and finally said.

John 8:7 “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

That is a famous verse that is often quoted. What is often not quoted is what he said to her after.

John 8:11 “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

He did accept her for who she was and did not condemn her. But he did tell her to leave her life of sin. He accepted her but did not affirm her lifestyle.

Jesus does get us, but he wants us to get him too.

AuthorJames Jordan | BCWorldview.org 

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