One of the things I hate is when I am sitting with a friend and they are telling me about someone that they want you to meet and then describe to me what they are like and in my head I decide before I set my eyes on them that I’m not going to like them. Am I the only one that does that? . A predisposed idea can lead to either open acceptance or a rejection that might mean we miss who the person really is.
I did that with Darwin. I was told about him prior to meeting him and had made up my mind I was NOT going to like him. Good thing he was persistent and let his own personality show past the things that I didn’t want to hear about him or I would have missed out on the best friend that I love with every beating of my heart!
As Christians we often, (or should I say me) have not given a clear description of who Jesus is. I know that for years I would just quote John 3:16 when speaking to someone about Jesus. That He died, rose again and would forgive our sins past, present and future if we would admit we had sin in our lives and ask for forgiveness of Him and invite Him into our lives. That out of love for us in that it would mean we would have eternity in Heaven. All those things are true, but I failed desperately at something that has likely lead people to missing out on something that is just as important as what I had told them. What I had not told them could likely have lead them to believe something that is not true about Jesus. That the Jesus I had painted was all about us doing wrong and confession and acceptance…. I left out something that makes all of that incomplete.
“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world through him.” John 3:16 AND 17\
Jesus didn’t come into this messy world to condemn us, we had done that already with the stuff in our life that we call sin… the lying, cheating, lusting and well the list can go on and on. The Jesus I had described for years sounded like He was all about condemning. That yes He loved us enough to die for us, but I missed out in sharing He isn’t hear to stand judgement over us, but to save us from the judgement that is already there. Because of Adam and Eve and the intro of sin into the world that day, every generation since has been born with a sinful nature, so the condemnation was already there.. born in us. Jesus came to not condemn us for who we are but to save us because He loves us so much… through HIS sacrifice. Out of love for us He didn’t leave us just to be condemned because of Adam and Eve but to be saved from that penalty. He didn’t want us to be separated from Him!
Jesus loves us… this I know… not only because the Bible tells me so.. but because of who He has proven to be in my life. As I try and describe Jesus over the next while… I pray that my description will draw you near to Him.. and that the picture you paint in your thoughts would be one that would bring you to want to know Him more and draw closer to Him not only in anticipation of heaven, but to the anticipation of being in His presence for eternity and to have Him walk along side you here… this side of eternity.
Hugs n Prayers