Jesus saves in more ways than one!
My testimony will be short, I lived without Jesus for 31 years, I knew OF HIM, I wouldn’t deny Him, I honestly didn’t know enough about Him to deny Him. But 5 years ago, I sat in the back of a church, I heard a sermon that answered a few of my lingering questions, I finally understood that I could be right with God, not because of anything I did or would ever do for that matter, but because of what Jesus did. I said a prayer not because that is what “saves us” from death, I said a prayer as a way of acknowledging to God what I believed about His son Jesus. My life has not been the same ever since, it is hard to explain, because it is all God, not me! He has delivered me from self hatred among MANY OTHER lies that made me want to end my life, I could go on and on, but I won’t, I will leave it up to Jesus, He is the ONLY One who can save, heal and deliver and He will, if you let Him!
Easter Sunday 5 years ago I sat in the back of Buckhead Church, by myself, as I heard Andy Stanley depict the story of the Bible. He talked about the 66 books by 40 different authors, how it is a collection of ancient manuscripts, which is the reason it seems so hard to read like a book!
I don’t remember exactly what Andy said 5 years ago, but I do remember thinking, “OH, I never really understood that Jesus was real. I never thought of Him as a real person in history, I kind of thought of Him as a fairy tail character, like Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny”
I had the opportunity to visit Buckhead Church again this Easter. I heard Andy talk about how none of Jesus’ nearest and dearest followers (His best friends) who actually saw the miracles Jesus performed ever really thought Jesus would resurrect from the dead once they saw Him die on the cross.
To hear more on this go to: http://www.buckheadchurch.org/messages and click on Easter Message!
But that is the whole point! That is what makes Jesus more than a prophet, a teacher, one even sent by God. The fact that He rose from the dead, He took on our sin (all of us) and He died with it and then He rose again, FROM THE DEAD. That is why we celebrate Easter, the day that Mary Magdalene came to Jesus’ tomb to prepare His body in a more respectful way; she found the tomb empty and wondered what happened.
Sometimes I screw up the gospel. I want to “explain” to people why I have this sudden adoration for a man who lived 2,000 years ago, who isn’t physically here!
For me, it is hard to put into words, how acknowledging my belief that Jesus Christ was sent by God to save me from eternal death, by taking my sins upon His body on the cross and then my acknowledgment of that gift, by me receiving that gift, by me saying, yes, I will accept this gift of salvation (salvation= rescue – saving – deliverance – redemption – escape) puts me in right standing with God for one, and allows me into His Kingdom (which is heaven) for two.
I think it is hard for me to put into words, because it is so unbelievably easy, yet it seems hard.
but Jesus saves us from ourselves!
He took our sins on the cross; He died with our sins and He rose again defeating death itself, therefore defeating sin, for any and all who choose to receive this gift from Jesus!
I am just going to be honest, people, humans, we are broken and we say stupid things, we say you have to do this and that, that and this, NO, it’s all about Jesus and Jesus was for ALL people! If you get to know Jesus, you will be surprised, don’t listen to people, and don’t listen to me. Read the accounts of Jesus’ life in the Bible, in the books Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and decide for yourself what you think of Jesus!
I pray today, that no matter our issues (as humans we have them, Christian or not), no matter our differences, no matter our politics, no matter our belief on marriage, no matter our economic status, our race, our current religion, no matter our denomination, let’s just get Jesus right! Believe that He is our personal Lord and Savior, that we receive His blood to cover our sins, past, present and future and that we seek to KNOW Him better in the coming weeks, months and years.
I love you! I pray for you! May God bless you with His undeniable presence!