Rick Warren (the founder of Saddleback Church and author of the Purpose Driven Life) is making the media rounds hawking his latest “purpose” book about Christmas. (To understand my thoughts on the Purpose Driven movement, you’ll need to read Redefining Christianity: Understanding the Purpose Driven Life Movement). When I heard Warren’s interview this morning, he made the statement that “Jesus wasn’t born just for Christians”. There were several things about that comment that troubled me:
- When Jesus was born, there were no followers of Christ (Christians).
- Jesus’ birth, life, death on the cross and resurrection were the fulfillment of the prophecy and promise to the Jews.
- By God’s grace, the restoration of fellowship with God through the acceptance of Jesus as Savior is not available only to the Jews, but to all who believe. (Romans 9:22-30). Both Jew and Gentile must choose to believe and to accept Jesus as their Savior.
- No, Jesus wasn’t born “just” for Christians. He didn’t come for Christians at all, He came for sinners (that’s all of us). He calls us to believe and follow Him. We can choose to accept or reject the most expensive gift ever offered – the gift of eternal life and fellowship with God – a gift Jesus paid for with His own blood.