WHAT IS THE WAY OF JESUS?

By: MIGHTY PURSUIT TEAM

During the years 33 AD to 312 AD, the most significant movement in human history unfolded. There’s been nothing like it – before or since. It was simply known as the way of Jesus. Facing virtually impossible odds, the movement grew from just a few people to at least a million people over a two hundred year period. Keep in mind there was no media, no marketing and a high-risk of being killed for following the way of Jesus. Given these factors, sociologists have long been dumbfounded by how this happened. The success of the movement can be summed up in one word: love.  Jesus once said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  He also said the message of the Bible could be summed up in these terms, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The original followers of Jesus embodied this in such a tangible way that outsiders couldn't help but want to join in. What transpired during the first two centuries stands in stark contrast to the automatic associations that come to your mind when you hear the word “Jesus”. Jesus is associated with religion, and in many instances, Christians and Christianity are associated with characteristics that are not positive. But neither idea is founded in reality. The people Jesus argued with the most were religious people, and the words “Christian” or “Christianity” are rarely used within the entire New Testament. This matters in an age where words hold power, and certain words carry associations. The way of Jesus is not Christianity, in the sense that Christianity, as we know it, is a cheap knock-off of the real thing. In the beginning, there were no denominations. No Catholic, no Protestant, Reformed, Eastern Orthodox or Baptist. Just one people – united in love. Religion has corrupted this, but it’s time to rediscover it. To discover the power of the virtues that captivated the ancient world – love, joy, hope and inner peace. Our team is transfixed by this simple idea: if we could capture the central message, characteristics, rhythms and love of the original movement, how would that transform our world today?