Let’s say you have a friend who’s a classical music fan – and he really likes the music of this composer named Beethoven. Now, you don’t know much about this Beethoven guy, but you accept your friend’s invitation to go to a concert where Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is going to be presented. The performers are the local junior high band. Now your friend has told you repeatedly that Beethoven was a genius and his music spectacular. But, after hearing the squeaking and squawking of 13-year-olds giving that symphony a go, you walk out saying, “Man, forget this Beethoven guy and his music!”****
Of course the problem with that concert was not Beethoven – it was how that band performed what he wrote. Jesus has that same problem with those who try to “perform His music” – that is, try to live what He taught. Now, the Composer is still a genius – but don’t judge Him by those who play His music imperfectly. It may be that you’ve been burned by religion … hurt or disillusioned by religious people. Or even by religious leaders. But in spite of these flawed performances, Jesus is still the genius who has brought peace and meaning to millions of lives over the years.****
If you’ve never experienced the love and the peace of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the hole in your heart could be filled by Him this very day. If you’ll give yourself to this Man who gave Himself for you. Just tell Him – “Jesus, I’m Yours. I’m putting all my trust in You, and You alone, to forgive my sins, to get me to heaven, and to take down the wall between me and God.” In a world where trust has been broken so many times, Jesus is the one safe place for your searching heart. He died for you. He will never do you wrong.