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People have been calling Jesus the king of the universe (the ‘Christ’) and the son of God for almost 2,000 years now. Have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about?

Perhaps you’re looking to live differently? Your search for happiness and satisfaction has left you dissatisfied?

Try Jesus. Today.

We’ve all got some picture of who Jesus is in our heads before landing on a page like this. Maybe in order to try Jesus you might need to re-imagine Jesusyou might have to get a different picture of him in your head and perhaps even your heart.

You’ll find some basics here on the landing page — but we reckon there’s heaps to say and lots to think and feel around the question of who Jesus is, so check out our blog posts that explore more about who he is.

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullI am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” — Jesus, quoted in John’s Gospel 

 

Why (you need) Jesus

The universe exists.

That seems certain. Almost everybody agrees (except Elon Musk, and people like him, who think we live as characters in a computer program).

The universe is big and grand; and filled with good and beautiful things we look to to find meaning and satisfaction in our lives.

Where are you looking for meaning? For purpose? What is your picture of the ultimate human life?

Some people think the universe exists because before it exists, God existed. This isn’t a new idea; it’s pretty much as old as humanity. This idea was taken to be universally assumed for a long time because it makes a certain sort of elegant sense.

If you take that idea seriously then you’ve got to figure out what sort of God we’re talking about, and what that has to do with the ultimate life in this world. Maybe it’s nothing; maybe this creator couldn’t care less what we do with our lives and he, she, or it, leaves us to do whatever we want. Maybe there are many gods, and the universe is a battleground for their various ideas.

Why Jesus?

Billions of people in the last 2,000 years have thrown their lot in with this one man.

Why?

What is it that makes Jesus so compelling for so many people?

Hope
Is it hope? The hope of life beyond death? The promise of immortality? The discovery of real life? Abundant life?
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Good v Evil
Is it that in the story of Jesus ‘good’ ultimately wins the fight against evil; and this gives us hope
Read more.
Forgiveness and Mercy
Is it forgiveness and mercy? Is it that if there’s a God who orchestrated this life we live in this
Read more.
Sacrificial Love
Is it the example he gives humanity of sacrificial love — his death at the hands of the powerful Roman
Read more.

(How to) try Jesus today

  1. Read a Gospel.
  2. Watch a video
  3. Listen to some music
  4. Pray
  5. Check out a church
  6. Decide to give life following Jesus a go; contact tryjesus.today and ask for some recommendations.
  7. Read some more about Jesus here.
  8. Shoot us your questions

 

How to know if it’s working?

The other day I had some Mormons at my door who assured me that if I just prayed and hoped that God would reveal himself to me as I read the Book of Mormon then I’d know the truth of their strange (and hard to believe) claims about the world.

We’re rightly suspicious about claims that truth self-authenticates (but should be equally suspicious when claims or beliefs don’t have the ‘ring of truth’ to it). If something doesn’t feel right and produced results (evidence) most of us are happy to walk on by…

The question is, when it comes to the claims made by Jesus — which seem to be about ‘pie in the sky when we die’, it’s hard to know what metrics to use… Feelings? They can be manipulated by a crowd, a smoke machine and an uplifting key change; but you’d also want truth of the sort Jesus teaches to feel different from other possibilities.

Reimagining Jesus

Jesus unites many threads in our experience of humanity; and also in what the Bible says about God and us. Paradox, or mystery, is at the heart of what Christians believe about the world — for example: Jesus is said to be fully, 100%, God and fully, 100%, man at the same time (not 50%/50%).

Some of these posts consider the ways these threads come together in Jesus to help you re-imagine his significance, but also to see how this might shape the way you live if you try Jesus today. Other posts feature stuff Jesus said about himself; and stuff other people said about Jesus (mostly from the Bible).

 

Hope - Is it hope? The hope of life beyond death? The promise of immortality? The discovery of real life? Abundant life? The ‘flourishing’ life we were made for? Life that stretches beyond death and into eternity? This sounds crazy but it is exactly what Jesus promises — he talks about this promise as a gift of …
Good v Evil - Is it that in the story of Jesus ‘good’ ultimately wins the fight against evil; and this gives us hope in our experience of a world where evil so obviously exists? There’s some comfort in the idea of a loving and just God standing ready to judge the world and punish evildoers — including the …
Forgiveness and Mercy - Is it forgiveness and mercy? Is it that if there’s a God who orchestrated this life we live in this universe; who spread out the heavens and established the earth (Job 9); whose hands flung stars into space (Psalm 8); who unrolled the sky and its features ‘like a blanket’ (Psalm 104); who is also …
Sacrificial Love - Is it the example he gives humanity of sacrificial love — his death at the hands of the powerful Roman Empire and the religious establishment he called out for hypocrisy? His death offered on behalf — so it’s said — of others? Is it caught up with the way the cross has become a symbol …
Finite/Infinite - The opening of John's Gospel (his biography of Jesus) claims that Jesus was with God in the beginning; and indeed is God. Jesus is the 'word' that was spoken in the beginning to create all things, and in his birth as a finite human, Jesus bridges the gap between God and man; between the unknowable infinite and his flesh and blood which meant that now, in history, people came face to face with God.