What if Jesus is a hoax?

What if Jesus wasn’t the Son of God after all, and he really was just a Jewish rabbi and nothing more than that? Or what if he’s just another mythical figure like Santa Claus and he never was born at all, and the entire Jesus story is a hoax? Would it make any difference?

Yes, it would make a difference, because the reason “God sent his Son, born of a woman” was to redeem us, Galatians 4:4-5. And why is being redeemed important? Because, Galatians 3:14, “he redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

Redemption is important, because it’s the essential first step to us receiving the Spirit. But why is receiving the Spirit important? Because it’s through the Spirit “that we might receive the full rights of sons,” Galatians 4:5.

If Jesus is one big hoax we would never have come to understand that God is our Father. What world religion, for instance, teaches that God loves us like a father does his children, or that we can love God like a child loves his Dad? No religion teaches that. It takes the Spirit to create that bond, which is why the promise of the Spirit is so important.

The Spirit helps us understand that Jesus was born to share all the rights and privileges he has as a Son of God with us, because WE are God’s children too. And what kind of rights would they be? “Because you are sons,” verses 6-7, “God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

The first great right and privilege we receive is knowing we have a Father who isn’t anything like the God taught to us by religion. He doesn’t treat us like slaves who’d better obey him, or else. He loves us as his children, and when we see God in that light our relationship with him changes dramatically. We realize he doesn’t hold anything we do against us, and we can go to him with everything that troubles us and he’ll answer. And one day, because we are his children, we also get to inherit everything in his storehouse of goodies, as well.

God proves that to us too, by giving us a taste right now of what he has in store for us. And when that happens we know for certain, personally, that Jesus is not a hoax.

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