Two separate Gallup polls taken within the last two calendar years show that roughly 75% of Americans identify themselves as “Christian.” And yet, you don’t need a poll to tell you that, regardless of where you live, 75% of the people living around you are not active in a Christian church. So the question begs to be asked, “What’s the point of being a Christian?” Is “Christian” simply a name—a label? Is it a calling to live your life according to a higher moral code? Or is it something more? What’s the point of being a Christian? How would you answer that question?
We live lives governed by a 7 day week that seems to continually start over before we’ve had a chance to put the previous one behind us. Every day we have to deal with things that "come up" out of no where. With such busy lives, it’s so difficult to focus our attention on anything other than what’s directly in front of us.
But if we’re honest with ourselves, even if we struggle looking past tomorrow, we’re all realistic enough to know that one Monday morning, the sun will rise—a new week will begin—and we won’t be alive to see it. Death is not a possibility. It’s reality. And with the reality of death comes questions. “What will happen when I die?” “What will the God who created all things say to me when I stand before his throne?” If you respond to those questions by saying, “I’ve lived a pretty good 'Christian' life" you’re always going to have that concern in the back of your mind that wonders, “but is it good enough?”
The Bible has answers to these questions—clear answers. In his Word our God tells us there is no such thing as good enough—only perfect or imperfect. And I don’t have to tell you what I am. You know I’m imperfect, because every other human being in this world is imperfect. God knows this too. He knows that no one can be “good enough” to get past his throne of Judgment. That’s where Christ comes in.
Christ is simply a Greek word that means “anointed one.” It’s the Greek equivalent to the Hebrew word “Messiah.” Because he knew that no one is good enough to please him, God promised to anoint a King unlike any other king—a perfect King who would offer his perfect life as a flawless sacrifice on behalf of the imperfect—for the imperfect. This perfect “Christ” was the Savior the Old Testament believer looked forward to. This “Christ” was the Savior foreshadowed by the one year old lamb without defect offered each year when the Jewish Passover was celebrated. This perfect “Christ” came to make the imperfect perfect. But why!? What’s the point!?
"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 22:1-5)
What’s the point? The point is heaven! A real place—a perfect place—a place where there will be no more curse of sin infecting every aspect of our existence. A place where our every need and desire will be satisfied by God himself! How is it possible that imperfect people like you and me will experience this perfect existence? It’s possible because real forgiveness has been won for your imperfection and mine by the anointed one—Jesus “Christ.”
Thankful to know the point of Christianity and eager to share it with you!