I drive by a church sign every day on the way to and from work that says, “Try Jesus. If you don’t like Him, Satan will always take you back.”
That’s clever. And there’s just enough humor in it to keep me from getting too fired up about it. Still, I find the phrase “Try Jesus” to be pretty demeaning to the name of Christ. Is that “Try Jesus” like you try a new restaurant, or a different hair style? Is he just one of the many items to choose from on the buffet of religious ideas?
Hardly. You don’t try the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You bow before Him. You fall down at His feet and worship Him. You surrender all that you are and all that you have to Him. But try Him? God “commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). He never suggests that you try Jesus.
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
No other name. Nothing else to try. If you’re dangling from a cliff, about to lose your grip and fall, and someone reaches down to save you, you don’t try the hand. You don’t nonchalantly decide to check it out. You desperately lunge for it and latch on to it with every ounce of strength that you have. It’s do or die. That’s how you come to Jesus. “There is salvation in no one else.”
If you’re just trying Jesus, you may not have to worry about going back to the devil. You probably never left.