Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and His great love for each of us when He died and rose again, triumphant! This is what separates the Christian worldview from any other- REDEMPTION.
Have you ever asked yourself this question? With so many choices and different voices claiming to be the true path to God, why should you believe in this Jewish Rabbi? After all there are those who argue that others have also done miraculous things, and I would have to agree to some extent. Even the Bible has many examples of this.
BUT… I don’t believe in God just for things He did, but I am even more convinced that God is who He says He is, mostly because of the things Jesus DID NOT DO!
JESUS NEVER –
- Came as an earthly dictator who instilled devotion through fear
- Demanded that we die or sacrifice our life in order to guarantee a place in Heaven
- Definitely did not leave us without peace, wondering if our good deeds outweighed the bad so that we could earn our way to heaven
- Never said to strive to be the greatest, most powerful, the most popular or the most narcissistic leader that is driven by pride
- Told us to kill those who did not agree with our beliefs or to torture them into submission
- Forced anyone to love Him or worship Him
- Never took away our freedom to choose and will never force us to accept his free gift of salvation
- MOST OF ALL Jesus never said He would only love those who loved Him back
Instead Jesus did what from a human perspective is backwards for a King.
God the Father, Jesus the Son and God the Holy Spirit, all One but in three persons, the Holy Trinity, is identified as truth because:
- He humbled Himself, left His glory in Heaven and became human, taking on the form of His own creation in order to save us
- Christ died so we would have eternal life and the peace of knowing we are saved
- God showed us that He is love, by giving us the freedom to reject Him even tough His perfect will is that none would be lost
- Jesus taught that to be great in God’s Kingdom, you had to be the servant of all and then demonstrated it to His own disciples and by submitting to a cruel cross
- He told us to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute you and despite-fully use you, but He also revealed that justice and accountability are part of grace
- He said that above all else we are to put on love and to love our neighbors as ourselves because others would recognize us by our love
- We were created for good works in Christ, to be obedient to his leading, care for widows, orphans, the poor, the incarcerated, the sick , the old and the young
- He gave us the things we need to fill our minds with including love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control
And so this day that we join together to worship and celebrate the amazing gift of Jesus love and his Resurrection, my prayer is that you would experience this same peace that I know in my own life. Remember, no matter where you are or what you have done, you are never alone. God is always there, watching, waiting and ready to receive you back into His loving arms. You may have turned away from Him, but He has never turned away from you.
Jesus bless you,