You better watch out, you better do this and you better not do that because you-know-who is watching you. Sound familiar? I don’t know who or what it was, or when it started, but since the idea of Jesus inception someone or something has been doing their (or it’s) best to turn Jesus into a mythical character.
Things that are well known facts for some, are simply not known by some. The word for this is ignorance. It doesn’t mean stupid, it just means you don’t know everything. Nobody does, and we are all ignorant of quite a lot of things.
I’m taking a shortcut here and just going to ask you a simple question. Christian or not, is Jesus real? Take ten minutes out of your busy fast-track life to the grave and ponder some thoughts. “If” Jesus is real, then what does that actually mean….exactly? Here’s a couple of things…
1) It doesn’t “only” mean He “existed” in history.
2) It does mean that His speaking to you “in a still small voice” in the back of your mind somewhere is a crock of …
Something to ask yourself:
1) Can you sum up the Bible in four sentences or less? I can. The whole book(s) is about the fall and redemption of man, and the ‘Redeemer’. He came to find His lost Sheep. He died. He rose from the dead. He is alive now. End of story.
2) Why are you reading this ‘now’? Why do you read the Bible? Why do you go to Church? What were you looking for when you first started doing these things, and have you found “it”? Are you still looking for something? If so……What? Chances are that if you forgot, or don’t know what you’re looking for, then you won’t find “it”.
The Bible is not a complicated book(s). For the life of me I can’t understand why Veteran Christians study it so much. “For by this time ye should be teachers, but ye have need one teach you again” And my personal favorite on the subject of scripture. “All scripture is inspired by God. It is profitable for reproof, and instruction. It is a schoolmaster to ‘bring you unto Christ’; and once Christ has appeared, ye have no need of a schoolmaster any longer”.
“As a man thinketh in his mind…so is he.” If we are children of God, then we have the awesome responsibility of faith. It works 24-7, conscience of it or not. The serpent knew this, and remember God’s reaction to Adam’s (and ours) transgression. He didn’t say “Why did you screw up?” He said “Who told you that?” If you believe what you are told by your friends, your beliefs, or your own mind, it will be the reality you witness. Why did not Mary recognize Jesus? Simple, she thought He was dead; she thought he could not be seen; she thought He wasn’t there “right then” (or in our case…right now)…sounding familiar?
1) If you are looking for Jesus, you won’t find Him living in a book. “Search the scriptures for in them ye think ye find life. But they are those that testify of me.”
2) Saying Jesus “is coming some day” is the same as saying, “but not today”…..one day……soon…..you’ll see……Your faith will work on this to provide you with a version of reality for your viewing pleasure.
3) “He that comes to me must believe that I ‘am’ (not ‘will be’), and I am a rewarder of those that seek Me”. and…”he that seeks me “with a whole heart”…
So, why are you reading this? If you’re looking for Jesus, He can indeed be found.
Two last things to remember:
1) Jesus said long ago that nobody knew the day or hour that Jesus would return, and that all eyes would see Him. Don’t let the mind-game tricksters fool you into adding to Scripture in your mind. All eyes will see (don’t add “at once” to this in your mind)
2) No man knows the day or hour, not even Jesus Himself. How could He? He doesn’t know when you will call to Him, and tell Him to show up. I like the very last thing Jesus says in Revelation 22:20. “Surely I come quickly, and my reward is with me“. Notice the next line, and read it slow. It starts with ‘even so’. ‘Even so’ means this…all this talk is great……… “but”.
“Even so, come Lord Jesus“.
Remember what Jesus told Thomas. “I’m not a ghost. I’m real…touch me. Bring me some food”.
Imagine that. A hungry dead guy. Peace all