Try Jesus

“I have come that they may have life, have it to the full I am the good shepherd.” — Jesus

What does ‘having life to the full’ mean to you?

We’re all looking for some way to make life satisfying or meaningful… or just better than it was yesterday. 

Some of us are struggling; feeling lost, dissatisfied, all alone in the vastness of the universe.

Some of us are pondering what it looks like to really flourish as a human; to live the good — full — life.  

These are itches that all sorts of advertisers selling all sorts of products say ‘try this, it’ll fix it!’ — you won’t need to look, struggle, or ponder any more… and these products never work as promised; often they just leave us itchier with more unsatisfied desires

What if trying Jesus is the answer? And what if Jesus isn’t just a product you take for a test drive, or a concept, but a person you have a relationship with (weird, we know)? And what if that relationship provides a new way of understanding what life is, and who you are? What if this changes where we look for satisfaction and meaning? What if the best way to ‘research’ or ‘try’ his claims is to give believing what he says about how to live a go?

What if the best thing you can do to improve tomorrow is to try Jesus. Today.


(How to) try Jesus today

What would it look like to try Jesus? To see if what he says about the world is true and if it stands up to the rigours of a vigorous experiment.  

Here are six ways you could try Jesus today.

Why (you need) Jesus

I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. — Jesus (John 11:25-26)

Here are the four reasons we think you need to try Jesus.

1. The universe almost certainly exists, and you almost certainly exist, and gods, or God, are a possible explanation for this existence that you should consider.

2. Death exists. We live. We die. Nothing gets in the way of a ‘full life’ like death. 

3. There’s a seemingly innate desire in us to ponder our existence — and our mortality — and to find meaning in it — a ‘religious impulse’ seems hardwired in our hearts and minds. 

4. Jesus exists, he lived and claimed to both be God and to show us how to truly live.  If these claims are true and we don’t believe them; not only are we missing out on the best way to live, Jesus says we’re in a bit of trouble.

Let’s flesh this out a bit more…

Continue reading “Why (you need) Jesus”

Why Jesus?

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?

There’s a famous song from the Bible (Psalm 23) which pictures God as the source of satisfaction — it says ‘the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want’ and then poetically describes the ways God meets our longings. Another song a little later in that same song book (Psalm 34) says we should ‘taste and see’ the goodness of God. We should try God. We should test the experience, the emotional satisfaction, and the reasonableness of faith by trying out belief.

Jesus is the one those Psalms point to. He calls himself ‘the good shepherd’, and he is where we ‘taste and see’ the goodness of God (1 Peter 2:3).


What is it that makes Jesus so compelling for so many people? Here are some ideas that might prompt you to give Jesus a try. 

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Reimagining Jesus

We’ve all got some picture of who Jesus is in our heads, but 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, a picture not of your making, but his. 

These posts aim to help you re-imagine Jesus. To be confronted with who he really is… to grapple with mystery and paradox… to be confounded by the beauty of his story… but also to see how this might shape the way you live if you try Jesus today.

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