Happy Sunday afternoon to you, as I sat and listened in church this morning I couldn’t help but think of all the people that don’t know Jesus, the ones that don’t know what He did for us, the ones that have simply never heard the true gospel. The gospel that says that Jesus loves you, no matter what.
It does not matter what you’ve done or said or thought, Jesus loved you so much that He CHOSE to die for you. As the pastor in my church said, Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion and prayed to God to take this cup from Him, yet not His will but Gods will be done. Jesus knew what was coming, the pain, the suffering, the weight of the world on His shoulders as He pays the ultimate price. He still went forward. He knew that if He didn’t redeem us, no one could, and their would be no hope for us.
My Father, if it is possible,
may this cup be taken from me.
Yet not as I will, but as You will.
My heart went out to all the people that could be saved if we just simply got up and let them know what, not in “crusade” type of way, but in a way that simply says that “I love you, Jesus loves you.” But then my own insecurities creep in as I am not one of those people that tells others about Him. Why? because its easier to sit in front of a computer and write about it, and I tell myself that I already am spreading the gospel, even though I know that it is mostly Christians that read it. Maybe this will be read by somebody that needs to know that they are loved, they are not alone, maybe that someone would reach out, maybe that person would show up in church next Sunday and start asking the questions they have on their heart.
Then I started to think about all the people that refuse to acknowledge God, the ones that say that they have it all figured out. Their is no Jesus, their is no resurrection, their is no salvation they say. Why? Because some very smart people told you so, you read very convincing arguments that tell you that there simply is no God. Does it bother them at all that our Bible predicted that?
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them great
number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2 Timothy 4 3-4
Mostly, as Easter approaches and Christians everywhere will remember the ultimate sacrifice that was paid for the sins of all mankind. I think of the things happening around the world, and I wish that those of us that call ourselves Christians would extend the love that we know is Jesus. As ISIS continues to hunt down and kill everyone that rejects Islam, as they behead kids, KIDS, I hope that we be the hands and feet that we were called to be. As the state of Indiana deals with that controversial new law that many are calling a “license to discriminate” I challenge Christians to rise above it and show everyone the love that at some point someone showed you.
In closing, if you don’t like where this world is going, you see the hate that all sides throw at each other, be the one who shows love to another person, especially the ones that are different than you, yes that means if you are a Christian you should befriend that person, the one that is actually a real nice person but you’ve never seen it because you hide behind the mask of righteousness. Yes that means if you’re not a Christian, you should give us a chance we are not all, “REPENT” and “CONDEMNATION” if you give us a chance you’ll see that we really only have the best intentions, we really only want the best for you.
If we spread the gospel though the lens of judgment, we are NOT spreading Jesus’ gospel.