The Bible gives us some really helpful models of how to share the Gospel creatively. Let's start at the beginning of John’s Gospel to get started.
In the first verse of John’s Gospel, he calls Jesus the ‘Word’. This might sound a bit odd. The word was a Greek philosophical concept for the eternal, unchanging truth that has existed since the creation of the world and is accessible to anyone who seeks it. The original translation is ‘logos’. John does something really clever, he takes this idea that existed long before Jesus and links them together.
Sometimes, it can be easy to look at the world around us and think that if everyone just completely got rid of all their ideas and met Jesus everything would sort itself out. But John goes for a different angle. He meets his readers where they are at. John says their whole idea of how the universe exists is basically right - they just need to change some of the words, labels and move a few things around.
"He wants to be revealed, he wants to be found."
And he doesn’t stop there, he takes their idea and makes it even better. In chapter 1 verse 14, John says the word, the logos, has now become flesh and made it’s dwelling place with humanity. Jesus came for us. The eternal, unchanging truth that has existed since before the creation of the world has now become like us. For the sole purpose of revealing himself to the world so that the world could know what true life really is.
So this Christmas, as you think about sharing the good news of Jesus with your friends and family. How can you meet them where they are? When you think of the modern day ideas that permeate our culture - things like karma and cancel culture, phrases like ‘do whatever makes you happy’ and ‘be the main character in your life’. Whatever it might be, how can you engage with your friends and their ideas by bringing Jesus to them? Because Jesus doesn’t wait for people to come to him. He wants to be revealed, he wants to be found. How can you share the hope of Jesus this season?
In part 2, we’re going to look at practical ways of doing just that - stay tuned.