Imagine every hideous and vile deed committed from the beginning of time until Christ’s future return-heaped upon the pure and perfect Son of God. Bearing the sin of many, he drank the very cup of wrath he prayed would be taken from him. No other pain can compare to Christ’s separation from his Father.
For me to live is Christ and to die is gain
Master, take me in along with these people.” Jesus answered and said, “Your star has led you astray, Judas.
For once in my life maybe I ought to actually think about taking God at His word, and in doing so to suddenly find myself riotously welcoming the rather shocking reality that Christmas is truly everything that He says it is.
We live in a Jesus haunted culture that is Biblically illiterate, and so unfortunately at this point in time, almost anything can pass for knowledge of the historical Jesus from notions that he was a a Cynic sage to ideas that he was a Gnostic guru to fantasies that he didn’t exist, to Dan Browne’s Jesus of hysterical (rather than historical) fiction.
There is no better time than now to rededicate yourself to the principles taught by Jesus, and to teach your children about Him too!
To be spiritually alive is to live in repentance. Spiritually dead are those Christians who never weep over their sins or who have long ceased to do so. Dead – in God’s eyes – are those Christians who can no longer rejoice over God’s forgiveness. Whenever this joy is missing, even if we may call ourselves committed Christians, there is something wrong in our lives.
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief’ is the best any of us can do really, but thank God it is enough.
God beckons me to exhilarating adventures that are without number, beyond all conceivable boundaries, and effortlessly eclipse the furthest reaches of my imagination, all while I sit languishing in stifling adventures of my own limited creation.
Guess what, Jesus loves to walk with us. He loves to be with us all the time-not just in the scheduled time or in the leftovers. The only change He wants is our hearts.
Let’s change by rearranging the change.