For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. 2 Corinthians 11:4
So which Jesus are you holding on to this Chistmas?
British film-maker, David Heyman, is working on a film based on Reza Aslan’s book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” Aslan, a Muslim, portrays Jesus as one of a group of prominent Jewish rebels against the Roman Empire.
Dutch film-maker, Paul Verhoeven, has been working on his own work entitled, “Jesus of Nazareth”. Jesus is portrayed most definitely not as a miracle worker.
Amongst so much secularism (though I am sure that’s not the motive) the cinema is showing film after film of the Bible story, the likes of Noah, David, Moses, Joseph. Some Christians object to the films because they are not ‘accurate’. To be honest, I don’t particularly mind too much because they are films after all.
However, the life of Jesus is so much different. He’s our life-leader just like Muhammed is for the Muslim and Guru Nanak for the Sikhs.
So what am I going to do?
Well according to the Apostle Paul I should not put up with it easily.
But that does not mean I am about to go on the streets to petition.
No. The evidence that Christianity is true is because we expect our gospel to be attacked and maligned yet we do not react like the others with threats of violence and announcing holy wars etc. That is a different gospel. But we respond with love and kindness as well as saying the portrayal of Jesus being no more than human is totally wrong. Anything other than that is a different spirit.
We do not have a different Spirit.
We do not have a different gospel.
And we certainly do not have a different Jesus.
This Christmas and throughout the year we all have an opportunity to make that clear.