I’m caught off guard by questions I don’t expect. I have an inner dialogue with scripted questions and my prepared, and superior, retort. It’s all planned out. They will ask me this question and then I will have the most knowledgeable, earth-shattering, profound response. They won’t help but believe what I’m selling. Then the moment comes, palms sweating, I tell them about Jesus, expect the question, and prepare to lay the smack down on their broken theology. After all, I have all the answers. Right?
Then they ask me, “How can man baptize God?”
This simple question floors me. I am not prepared for such a simple, but equally profound, question. It’s so obvious I’ve never thought about it. Relying on the experience of following God, I failed to remember the fundamentals. Experience is my Idol. I’m relying on that rather than the one who never changes. If I serve an omnipotent God is and always will be, why do I forget the most basic questions I asked before I was saved?
Apologetics can fall into this dilemma. We can become so distant with our dependence on the experiences of God that we forget about the knowledge of God. Who He is, what He did, why I need Him. The basic questions become lost in our personal relationship with Him. God has a way of offering the simplest answers to the most complex questions.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Salvation stated in one sentence.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
The entirety of the Jewish tradition in four.
Jesus can cut through any argument and any debate. He is the answer. He is the truth. I believe that we often witness to people by explaining our relationship with God. We overwhelm those seeking Jesus. We spend hours trying to convince them why they should follow Him. We try to sell Jesus. That doesn’t work. Jesus saves lost people. That is the message of the Gospel. Anything else just adds to the noise.
Making disciples is about preaching the good news of Jesus. He died for our sins and offers the free gift of salvation. We need to share Christ and him crucified. Experience just makes us feel like we’ve saved someone.