Jesus, Savior/Role Model
He’s the typical Sunday School answer. Who built Noah’s ark? Jesus. How many tribes of Israel are there? Jesus. How many days did God create the world in? Jesus.
As humorous as it is, the importance of our students understanding who Jesus really is cannot be understated. In 2010, Lady Gaga capitalized on post-Christian, pluralistic thinking when she released the song “Born this Way”. Although not always played on the radio edit version of the song, it starts off with Gaga saying “It doesn’t matter if you love him or capital HIM” and ends with “Same DNA, born this way”. The pro-homosexual message is obvious throughout the song and the chorus tells us that homosexuals, like anyone else, are on the right track and should just be themselves because they were “born this way”. In a culture telling teenagers that any lifestyle can lead to salvation, eternal life and the blatant ignoring of a need to be reconciled to God because of sin, the importance of distinguishing the role of Jesus the savior in the lives of youth has never been more needed. The great thing is that Youth Workers can capitalize on the words of songs like Lady Gaga’s. Indeed, scripture confirms that we were all ‘born this way’ from the time of the fall of man until now all of us have been born sinful but the great news is there is one way, only one way, that we can be redeemed through Jesus Christ our savior.
With nearly 50% of all marriages ending in divorce, youth today our provided with little example of commitment. This is the perfect opportunity to share with them the message of a savior who was fully committed to them. In the Garden of Gethsemane, we see the humanity of Jesus faced with the most dreadful fear imaginable. Yet, despite knowing exactly what He was going to endure and having every power at his disposal to change the circumstances, He went through with it all the way to his death on the cross. It’s the ultimate story of commitment. In a culture that is full of parents calling it quits, teens need to know that someone went all the way for them. Likewise, as youth workers, our consistency and presence imitates this passion of Christ and sends a strong message to youth looking for dedicated adults who will invest in them and who are worth looking up to.
Stay tuned for part 3!