“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Anyone who has seen the movie Sister Act probably can recall the group of nuns on stage singing karaoke altering a couple lyrics singing,
“Nothing you could say could tear me away from my God,
Nothing you could do ’cause I’m stuck like glue to my God.
I’m sticking to my guy like a stamp to a letter,
Like birds of a feather we stick together,
I’m tellin’ you from the start I can’t be torn apart from my God.”
Well let me tell you that nothing can tear you away from God, and He will never let you go, give up on you, or stop loving you. In the verse above, I would make the argument that this is the most popular Bible verse in the entire world. Maybe I am wrong, but for many Christians its the one 99% of Christians can recite by heart, or at least close to by heart. It’s so short and simply, but is the basis of our existence and the foundation of Christianity. It warms out heart, and it gives us hope. It’s seen everywhere because it speaks pure truth. You will find no greater truth than the word of God, God, and the power created by the sacrifice for Jesus. We serve and awesome God, and even in our shortcomings God loves. He loves the rich, the poor, the straight, the gays, the yellow, red, black, and white. He loves the saint, he loves the sinner. He loves the person who has a crippling addiction to drugs, pornography, or some other vice. He loves the rambler, the gambler, and the backbiter. He loves the sick, poor, and weary. God loves because He is Love. There is no love without God, and there is no life without God. He is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega, the Genesis of all life.
For those of you who are parents you have a sense of what this means, and those who have lost a child, my prayers go out to you, but you now have a greater understanding what really occurred on that day the world turned their back on the messiah. The emotions God must have been going through. To sacrifice your child is something almost no human would have the strength to do. It’s almost incomprehensible, to punish perfection for those who have no clue what perfection is inspiring and incredible. For Jesus to take the cross He knew what was at stake. He know it would hurt, it would be hard, and He would suffer. It was one of the most painful, heinous, and disgusting ways to leave this Earth. However, He did it willingly for us. For those who are fringe believers look at it this way. No one can debate the existence of Jesus, if they do they are ignorant, but one can debate His divinity, and they are a fool. We as Christians need to make wise men out of the fools. Jesus took the punishment willingly, so there are two ways to look at this either Jesus Christ is who He says He is, or He was a lunatic. No one in their right mind volunteers for crucifixion. To say Jesus was a lunatic is preposterous, it undermines so much about Him. A lunatic would not go around an do so much good for so many people. There are so many reasons that would show He was not crazy. However, I believe CS Lewis says it best,
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
So now that we can see that He was not some lunatic, we are long left with one answer He is the messiah. To continue on this it is completely unbelievable to thing that the disciples would have accepted the death’s that they accepted for a lie either. Each one of the apostles died a painful and grueling death as well, if this was not the truth 12 men would not have defended a lie to the death. At least one would have slipped up and cracked.
“The Bible isn’t a rule book. It’s a love letter. I’m not an employee. I’m a child. It’s not about my performance. It’s about Jesus’ performance for me. Grace isn’t there for some future me but for the real me. The me who struggled. The me who was messy. ….. He loves me in my mess; he was not waiting until I cleaned myself up.”
The quote above comes from Jefferson Bethke’s life changing book Jesus > Religion, and absolute must read for any Christian, pending Christian, and non-believer, especially millennials. On the the quote though, it doesn’t matter where you are in your life Jesus still loves you. He loves you in the gutter, He loves you on top of the mountain, and He will love you everyday from the genesis of your existence and for the rest of time. Jesus does not wait to hand out His love, He just does. Jesus is not waiting for the invitation, your life is not an exclusive party, because Jesus will crash any party He wants to. If His sacrifice is not enough to convince you of His unconditional love then I don’t know what else can be. Judge Jesus by who Jesus was, not by who man say He is, or tries to say who He was. Jesus loves you, He is the Lord, He is the Savior, and He is Love.