What Would Jesus Do?

What would Jesus do? This question has been asked a lot and is a justification for many movements. In fact, a number of organizations have trademarked the "What would Jesus do?" question as a way to promote clothing, motion pictures, live concerts, posters, jewelry, bumper stickers, pens, pencils, note pads, and a host of other goods and services.

The acrostic, WWJD, has been the springboard for numerous entrepreneurial efforts. You can buy WWJD wrist bands, rubber bands, hats, and t-shirts.

There are WWJD groups want to remember that Jesus is a high moral example to follow in daily life. There are WWJD groups organized to support our troops, promote cancer awareness, support pro-life positions, even promote Christian socialism.

Thinking of Jesus as a humanitarian, a social reformer, someone who provided us with a good moral example can lead to the support of just about any noble cause.

Those who hold to the WWJD thinking are able to mold Jesus into supporting just about any humanitarian cause. Jesus is often pictured as an emotional person worried and concerned for the welfare of poor, downtrodden outcasts. And, he would support any efforts you could make to improve their lot in life.

But, Jesus did not come to earth simply as a person of high moral character with lots of uplifting messages. He came as a Savior of mankind. He came to become the reality that the Jewish Passover lamb symbolized.

The more important question which the WWJD adherents too often fail to ask is, "What did Jesus do?"

Jesus claimed to be the long promised Messiah or anointed one. He referred to the Eternal God as his Father. He claimed to be totally obedient to his Father's will. He spoke with authority, unlike the Jewish leaders. He called Jewish leaders hypocrites and sons of the Devil. He claimed to undo the works of the Devil. He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons, and taught the people.

For all he did and said Jesus was brought up on trumped up charges, sentenced to death, and was executed. He later rose from the dead just as he predicted and was seen by hundreds of eyewitnesses.

He then ascended from the ground into the heavens to sit at the right hand of God, his Father.

A number of those eyewitnesses spread his message and testified to his actions in many foreign lands. And, for their testimony most of them were brutally murdered.

If you are ready to study the Gospel accounts to learn the answer to "What did Jesus do?" you will find quite a different Jesus than the one you might imagine as you contemplate, "What would Jesus do?"

I heartily recommend that you take some time to get the know the real Jesus and what he actually did.

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