what a world

Yesterday we received more earth shattering news regarding a family member. No one died, but I won’t go into details because the details is not the point I wish to make.

I have been struck by the realization of the simplicity of Jesus and the cross and it as though I am seeing it for the first time. I am amazed that we have made it into something so hard to understand, so hard to accept. It’s really very simple. I am also amazed that we chase around in all of our busy time and energy -stealing schedules, in fruitless effort to concoct for ourselves  – life – when it has already been freely offered for our taking. It is not the life that we have hoped to create on our own, and sadly, because of the blindness we miss it altogether.

Jesus Christ having always existed as the creator of life, who, knowing all things about every  person who would ever live, knowing every event that would take place on earth, being in full knowledge of the mind of mankind, that  is sinful and futile in its attempts to be good – –

God by His own choosing stepped out of heaven, lived and worked here on earth among sinners, adulterers and thieves in the form of a man. Then, choosing a most hideous death, the sinless Man between two thieves, died for a crime a He did not commit, being completely without fault, sin or guilt. In so doing He took the sin of all those people upon His innocent and loving shoulders offering life to those who would follow His ways, the ways of the Father, the ways of love.

Why?

Because He loves us – everyone of us. Regardless of who we are or what we do. If we live in the gutter or in the greatest mansion we are the same in His eyes. And He did this so that we might realize His true and unwavering love and in return for such a great gift we would love Him back. In doing so, we would be  taught to love one another. If we could get ourselves around that simple but great truth! We would love, and would stop murdering one another with our words and deeds. We would stop chanting me! me! me and begin seeing with new eyes. We would shake off the inner covering of pride that makes us the worthless self centered beings that we are and come to the realization of why God created us in the first place – for fellowship with Him and with one another – to love, support, encourage, and to weep with those who weep and dance with those who are joyful!

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

What a world it would be.

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11 thoughts on “what a world

  1. Very timely points! I was given the honor to lead a Mormon to Christ last week. I am sharing these exact thoughts with her!

    It is not who you are. It is not what you’ve done. You can never be ‘good enough’ or as Mormons put it, ‘temple worthy’. We, on our best days, are still dung apart from having Jesus as Lord of our lives!

    Christians live in 2010 just like everyone else. We need to be en guard, being very careful that we do not allow life’s ‘busy’ness to cloud our hearts and minds as to what really is important. To not allow our Christian walk to, as you said, become a case of me! me! me!

    Jesus told us the fields are white for harvest! Lord, send me someone whose heart is prepared to hear about You!

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  2. We are living in times like never before so much danger around us spiritually. We have to keep our eyes on the Old Rugged Cross and the blood he shed for us, and try not to get caught up in all the things going on around us,and use common sense. We are just passing through this world and soon be home. Praise God.

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  3. M’Kayla,

    I am so sorry to hear about what happened. I hope your and John will be able to maintain and persevere with rock-solid faith.

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  4. Mkayla – I know that you are walking these things out in the strength of the Lord. Bless you sister. Know that your words are speaking into an unknown someone right now. You are showing them Christ and that’s what it is all about.

    Amen to what the rest of you said!

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  5. AHH, yes the simplicity of the cross.

    NICE POST Mkayla.

    How one feels about the cross is very revealing. The cross shows the seriousness of our sin in the face of a Holy God. Our fallen state was so fallen that it required God to become a man to die for mens sin. The cross is the delight of some, and offense to others,,,,,, A foolish stumbling block to some, and the power of God unto salvation for others.

    Yes this would be a great world if everyone understood the cross.

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  6. And how often man tries to recreate all of that out of his own ways, wanting love, acceptance and the fellowship of others, yet leaving out Christ, the creator of those very things in which the man longs for.

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  7. Wonderful post! We do make it so much harder than it is. It all comes down to love – and as God is teaching me about His love and how pure it is – it is changing my world inside out. His love is so different from this world – how off-track we have gotten.

    Rachel

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