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What has Jesus Done vs. What would Jesus Do

February 7, 2009
Mike Horton

Mike Horton

It has experienced explosive growth among Christians. Capturing public awareness—at least in the Christian world—the phrase has become a buzzword:

What would Jesus Do?

How popular is the phrase? Well, the acronym, WWJD, is  known by scores of people, even non-Christians are beginning to recognize its meaning.

The question sounds so impressive that many believers have made it the gold standard of measurement. Facing a problem in life? Then ask yourself the question, WWJD? Prepare to be dazzled as the solution wondrously appears in the form of down-to-earth, easily applied advice. WWJD roots Christians in the real world, where problems can be solved through good old, practical know-how.

But a growing number of Christians are weary of an approach to life that sees challenges only as problems to be solved by practical means. Many believers are craving a richer diet when it comes to pondering life and faith. They crave mystery over know how. They also see God as more than Mr. Fix-It and Christ as Junior Mr. Fix-It.

For these Christians, the deeper, more satisfying question to ask is, ‘What has Jesus done?’ See what Mike Horton has to say. Read about it here. By regarding what Jesus has already done (rather than what he would do), we peer into a mystrery that is inexhaustible in its depth and complexity. Yet this mystery–what Jesus has done on the cross–has a direct bearing on our lives. What Jesus has done is die for our sins and rise to new life.


The Cross of Christ–Part Two

February 7, 2009
Mike Horton

Mike Horton

Michael Horton has this to say about Preaching Christ:

The purpose of the sermon is not a devotional or inspirational pep talk; nor is it a course on theology or an autobiographical account of the preacher’s life and times. It is not a moral lesson in how to be good, nor is it a practical seminar on how to have a happy life. The purpose of the sermon is neither personal self-improvement nor national salvation, but to preach Christ and him crucified.

Stirring words, for sure. And a challenge to all preachers, since most of us wish, deep down, to be liked by our people. But should the truth of the gospel be comprimised for the sake of friendship or popularity? Shouldn’t preachers make things relevant? Attractive? Entertaining? Horton goes on to say:

But will that (the preaching of Christ crucified) be perceived as relevant, with so many practical problems in our troubled world? Won’t they consider such a message impractical and foolish? And the Apostle Paul answers, ‘Sure, the Gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved, it is the power of God and the wisdom of God.’

Mike is the host of The White Horse Inn, editor of Modern Reformation magazine, and professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California.