I have been wondering the question, "Why is Jesus important or not important to others?" since that last podcast episode which prompted the launch of this forum. Here are a few of the reasons Jesus is important to me:
1) He has a character and life worth following. Through history there have been a lot of leaders. Some have been very passive and waited for others to change. Some have been violent and forced people to be shaped. I believe you evaluate a word view based on the teaching and life of it's founder. I think Jesus had the best teaching and lifestyle and that makes His a world view worth following.
2) Payment for our screw ups. A lot of people like to say that people are basically good and do bad things on occasion. From my personal like experience and observations I see people as being basically bad while occasionally doing good things. There needs to be some repayment when I go before someone who has authority over me personally and has said there will be judgment. That's what Jesus did.
3) Getting To Know God. It's been said that the only way to the father is through Jesus. God created us and loves us more than we can understand. I want to get to know a God like that. His character, his reasons, and where to see him at work.
These don't encapsulate all my reasons. Some may even need more explanation. What I am really wondering is "Why is Jesus important or not important to you?"