One of my jobs as online worker is internet marketing. In this job, I make sure that people see my subject and if possible, pay for them. One of the most effective tools for internet marketers is the Google Adwords Keyword Tool. This tool from Google allows you to track what are the most common words that people type or search in Google search engine. You have to type a certain word and when you click search, the tool will provide you a result how much the word is searched on Google along with various related words. It comes up with the main typed keyword, related keywords, number of search (globally and locally), and quantity of competition (available content online with the same topic or subject keyword).
While it is a great tool for marketing, it can also be fun. It’s like spying what people searches on Google.
The (quantity of) competition shows you how many websites are competing, or how many content available in the internet for the word you searched.
Recently, after playing with the tool and researching for keywords, I tried the word “Jesus”. And the result surprised me.
The word “Jesus” is one of the most searched or “googled” word in the world! And while it is the most searched, it has low competition, which means, only few websites discuss or share about “Jesus”.
I took a screenshot of the result and here you can find out that there are 6 keywords have the same numbers of searches. These are “Jesus”, “who was Jesus”, “who is Jesus”, “the Jesus”, “why Jesus”, “where is Jesus”. These 5 keywords are the most searched of all related keywords and having the same numbers of 24,900,000.
These keywords and numbers are not just a set of statistics for me. They clearly tell me something. Or should I say, asks me something.
As you notice, four keyword phrases are questions. They clearly came from people who have questions and seeking answers.
While the result revealed that millions of people are asking these questions, let me take this opportunity to answer this.
Who was Jesus?
Jesus is the founder of Christianity. We (Christians) accept Him as God, specifically the only begotten Son of God. He is co-creator with the Father. He is present in the creation. He is called the Christ which means “the anointed”, the Messiah. He was anointed as a Savior of man from sins and eternal punishment.
Jesus is also known as Jesus of Nazareth. He was born on Bethlehem which was the source of what we celebrate today as Christmas. His earthly parents are Mary and Joseph. He was conceived and born from His virgin mother.
Jesus began His ministry (to teaching God’s words and His kingdom) when He was around thirty years old. His teachings have become controversial at His time because most of them contradict the tradition of Jewish religion.
Because of contradicting Jewish tradition and professed to be the Son of God, He was accused of blasphemy and rebellion which was used to sentence Him for death.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is our savior. As sinners, we are destined for eternal punishment as “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). But He traded place for us. He was the one who died, instead of us. He was called the Lamb of God because in the Old Testament, the ancient Israelites offer animals, specifically its blood, as a payment for their sins to God. The offering is usually a lamb or a sheep and they must be perfect in features.
As the Son of God, and is perfect, Jesus is enough to serve as a payment for humanity’s sin; past, present, and future.
Because of this, He also serves as a mediator between us and God. Man can formerly talk directly with God. But sin has created a barrier between God and man and it made us stray away from Him and His will.
Jesus reunited us again to the Father. Because of Him, we are washed away from our sin and made us righteous in the eyes of the Father and worthy of eternal life.
Prayers and request to the Father are also asked in Jesus’ name (John 14:14).
Other than these, Jesus is our King (Matthew 21:5) and our friend (John 15:15).
Because He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Him. (John 14:6) There’s no other way to approach God but by only Him. There’s no other truth but Him. He is the true God, along with the Father, as they are one. (John 10:30) He saved us from eternal punishment, He loves us and He gave His life for us. He’s willing to die for us even we’re not worthy of Him. He died so we could live. He gave us teachings and commandments that would lead us to the right path and true happiness.
He is worthy of our love and worship.
There were times that I questioned the purpose of this blog. Although the clear reason why I created this blog is to share the Gospel and introduce its Author, there are so many websites that do the same thing, even better, when it comes to writing, popularity, and including website design. So I’m thinking that what I’m doing may be useless. But what I discovered in this research that lots of “witnesses” are still needed to share the word of God. What I thought was the large number of witness was overwhelmed by the volume of people who are curious, and “thirsty of the living water”.
The Lord is concern about this situation. He said in the book of Matthew, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38). He is aware that there are still lots of people that need to be introduced to him but His workers are only handful. He knows that this is a large work that needs to be done.
I believe that only few of those who googled the word “Jesus” are Christian. Most of these people are non-believers. This includes non-Christian and atheists. The few are those who want to reassure their faith. Some are may be curious about what information the internet will provide with the name. But I also believe some are serious on searching for the Truth and the (real) Way.
As Christians, we must also be concern with this numbers. The snapshot says that there are millions of people who want to know our Lord, but only few are available resources.
I encourage my fellow Christians to share the Gospel whether personal or virtual. We will not have any excuse not to be able to share His words today. There are social media, blogs, and forums. If you can’t write your own material, share someone else’s works. I’m sure they’ll be as glad as I am to share their testimonies.