During spring break 2006, Don and Emily Sofsky took their 12 year old grandson, Teddy, to the Oklahoma City Auto Show at the Oklahoma County Fair Grounds to look at the latest car models. The older Sofskys watched with delight their grandson’s excitement and awe as he viewed shiny cars, trucks, and motorcycles. On the way to their house, Don and Emily stopped to visit the parents of one of Teddy’s friends who had a son the same age as he.
“I went to the auto show,” Teddy proudly announced. “It was really neat!”
His friend looked envious. “What did you see?”
Emily wondered which vehicle would be named first—the bright red Lamborghini that cost slightly more than 36 million dollars or the huge wheeled Chevrolet truck that had caused Teddy to cover his cars due to the noise of the engine.
“A bicycle built for two,” Teddy responded with affection and pleasure in his voice. “When we were having our lunch, I watched a mom and dad bicycling their baby daughter on this really neat bicycle! The little girl was laughing out loud and her mom and dad looked so happy as they talked to each other and their daughter. I’d sure like to have one of those bikes to ride around the park with my mom and dad!”
For a second, Emily felt a sense of astonishment and a touch of disappointment. With dozens and dozens of cars and trucks, why had he chosen a vehicle he had seen probably every day of his young life?
But Teddy’s friend saw nothing unusual about his choice. “A bicycle built for two!” he echoed, his face glowing with interest and delight. “I wish to had been there! I bet that was so neat!”
As the Sofskys and their grandson drove home, Emily thought about the visit at the Watson home and the conversation between her grandson and his friend. She thought the bicycle was small, simple, familiar and warming to her grandson. The cars and huge trucks, though beautiful and visually impressive, were really too large, exotic, expensive to be owned or believable to Teddy or his friend.
Isn’t it that way with Christ and Christianity. The idea of a God so intelligent, and vast coming to the planet earth to live as a poor boy then man, dying, then rising from the dead is beyond the mind’s grasp. We would expect rejection of these notions from anti-Christians and non-Christians—but Christians, too! But Christians of every persuasion and denomination reject and attempt to revise everything we know about Christianity.
In recent years, articles, books, movies and television programs designed to shake and tear Christian believers from their belief in God and the very life of Jesus Christ flood the media markets. One of the greatest crazes is the “DA Vinci Code”. This is a book designed to question the deity, the sinlessness and existence of Jesus Christ.
Of all the figures that have ever lived on planet earth, none has had more articles, books or song written about Him. Yet throughout history, people have written statements questioning his very existence. Today is no exception. Yet more books and statements verifying His existence in His century, the first century, are greater than that of any personality of history. Few doubt the existence of Julius Caesar. Yet only 4 documents other than those written by Caesar himself were written about him in the era he lived. Who doubts the existence and life of Alexander the Great? Yet only two ancient world documents were written around his time survive. Jesus Christ, on the other hand, has more than thirty ancient world written documents outside of his followers describing Him within fifty years of His death. A few of these writers and historians were: Tacitus, Pliny the Elder, Suetonius, Josephus, Julian the Apostate, Pontius Pilate (yep His executioner), Claudius (the emperor), Livy, Lucian, Thales, Celsius, Julius Africanus are just a few of the first century writers concerning Jesus Christ. What is equally interesting about these writers is that they did not like Jesus. Their statements were almost totally negative. Yet each stated Christ’s unusual works, attractiveness as a philosopher, and growth of His movement after His death.
Christians need not be concerned about veracity concerning the existence and life of Jesus Christ. He walked the earth and lives today. History supports Christ’s earthly existence and His life. The “Da Vinci Code” and subsequent writing are being consider what they are—a horrible example of fiction and lies designed to shake the faith of Christians as well as shame the faith of long held beliefs about the life of Christ.