So, there is this guy I know. He is not someone with great wit or style, no scientific achievements or even a good educational background. This guy belongs to an average family, I would not call it a rich family, a poor one, may be close to trailer folks. From a background like this, one can not boast any real world connections in politics and society. Suffice to say, he is an average guy, may be at times even more average than us. But there is something very unique about him. In fact it is so unique that at times he seems like the only one who actually has it. The truth is he is now one of the most well known personalities in the world.
When I first got to know this guy, I was met with a plethora of myths and legends about him. Some say he was born of a virgin; what? you have heard about this? okay, then please read a little more. So it was said he was born of a virgin. I am also told that this is the same claim that many people throughout history have held. He was also called the son of God. I have only read a few accounts of his life but it is said that the things he did were so much that all of it was never jotted down.
He was a carpenter but some say he could heal the blind, the leper, the deaf or the mute. A couple of times in his city, it was rumored that he had even raised a few people from the dead. There are of course no medical records which survive. At one occasion he even fed five thousand people, with nothing but a couple of pieces of bread and fish. The tales which surround this guy are remarkable. It is said that once he even walked on water, one other time he commanded the winds and the waters and they obeyed him. What a remarkable legend indeed.
There are of-course many people in history who have been attributed these legends and tales. This guy is certainly not the only one having these claims. Alexander the great also thought that he was the son of the God, Zeus. Ram, Buddha, are also seen as the avatars of the great gods and goddesses. The roman Cesar thought he was God. There are stories of their miracles and their powers, some in comparison to this guy, are in even better. In most of these the main hero of the story is most awesome, with some drama added he rises to become a champion and do acts of greater good, he is nor vulnerable, nor beatable.
The most surprising thing about this guy is, that although the stories and the legends about him are shared in other myths, yet there is a huge difference between him and them. You see, this guy is an average guy, the people who share the stories of his powers were, kings, scholars, great men of society, rich men, political men. People who had a better life and may I add a better death. But this guy is very different. He is so different than his counterparts that it defies belief. He never craves power, nor social, nor political, worse he does not even asks for money, and you think what a guy wants, right? And this is where I am baffled. He insists always that he is here to do God’s will. He was a radical in his opinions and he taught things which totally blew peoples minds. And true to his words, he is labeled a heretic by his countrymen who then go on crucify him.
What is really amazing that like greats myths and stories, this guy also rises from the dead, leaves an empty tomb behind, then goes on to see his friends and at the end of the day, he flies to the heavens with a promise that he will one day return or so the story says.
With so many tales of power behind him, I am most surprised when it is not that aspect of his personality which attracts me.
What really steals my attention are his words and his deeds he did here. It is so sad that often his most well did works are left out of the tale. Have you read about the tale where this guy saved a woman from being stoned? You should, it is really an interesting one or the time when he was on the cross and he prayed to God to forgive the people who were hurting him?
After his death and so called ascension to heaven, people remembered this guy they loved him for all that he had done. For decades they told stories of him who had once, raised the dead, walked on the water, the guy who said he could forgive sins, the one who had saved the woman and the robber on the cross, the one who had forgiven his enemies, who had once said “No one has greater love than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends.” Such a man, who had turned water to wine, opened eyes, sat with sinners and the tax collectors, showed love and compassion to prostitutes and healed the sick.
The one, who had been crucified for no crime he had committed. His close friends, died one after the other for bearing witness to his empty tomb and his name. With time more and more people learnt about this guy and then centuries later some government officials honored him by instituting him as the head of their religion after which the simple and divine teachings of this man were forgotten in politics and war. His name was used for a great many atrocities in history. However all was not lost, after a millennium, there were people who remembered his name and his words and then with time they changed a lot.
There are of-course those who also insist that this man is a fable figure, no more important than the tooth fairy and the Santa Claus. They treat him as a myth, that he was not an actual person. Of course we can doubt it but then I also know people who believe that man never landed on the moon, there are aliens in area 51, that panama is a fictional country and that JFK was assassinated by a unicorn.
But apart from these, I am not inclined to the view about him being fictional for various reasons. Some are purely intellectual reasons. The points for his existence far outweigh the points which would be needed just to invent this figure, a feat only Dan Brown can achieve in my opinion. Plus I have never heard about a gospel of Santa or tooth fairy. I am sure there are some gentlemen out there who perhaps have the ability to create one. But the truth is, no one ever saw the Santa and died for him. No one ever saw the tooth fairy and was skinned alive for not denouncing her.
And it amazes me when certain individuals even make the comparison. They of course haven’t looked much, most have just heard others say something completely naive and they follow it too.
But the greatest reason I doubt their claim of his non-existence is because I know the guy personally, of course I can not prove it to anyone and I might be labeled as delusional, sure. But it is not delusion, it is just one small link in the chain connecting with another and so for me, the link completes.
One of the greatest example of this guy’s teaching is so remarkable and strange that I can not fully comprehend how it is practical at all times but nonetheless it is.
“There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
This guy taught that we were all children of God, we were all equal and we were all loved, even though the world was cruel and bad. We were not perfect, we had all done some wrongs and we could all turn back, if we turn back we would be welcomed and accepted with open arms. He taught that even if one of us is lost than that is a great loss and he will leave all the others to find the lost one.
I am telling you, you got to know this guy, he doesn’t care, what you did, where you’re from, what you look like. He cares about you, when he was here on earth, he sat down with average people, he did not behave like most church people, in fact many church people just misrepresent him.
God is love and he loved the world so much that he sent his love to us. This was the heart of his message, for which he came from his glorious place in heaven, became that love while still being that average guy, a guy you can always go to. If you get to know him, it will change your life, forever.