|Vol. 1, No. 10||Page 11||October 1999|
Never The Same Again
If the fundamental of the Christian position is true, and it is, that the man Jesus is the Son of God, then one can never, ever be the same after this discovery. We just do not ignore Jesus after being introduced to him! If the Bible is read and we are seeking and searching for the meaning it holds, then the Book cannot easily be closed and placed on a shelf with the remark of “How interesting!”
Jesus is not just interesting! However, he is compelling! He can, through loving words, comfort the sorrowing or rebuke the sinner. Sadness turns to joy as a repentant sinner begins righteous living. Jesus can profoundly disturb and challenge anyone willing to read and study the Scriptures, having a faith to attempt an understanding. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Morally and spiritually Jesus will stroke the heartstrings as he offers life eternal to any repentant and believing soul. To those engulfed in hate, “God commendeth his love toward us . . .” (Romans 5:8). For those lost in the dark, Jesus has this to say, “I am come a light into the world that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46). The hopeless find he gives a reason to live, “In lively hope through knowledge of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Turning from sin has an eternal reward.
When Jesus touches lives, he is the love light and the hope they so desperately need! He may force one down off the fence of indifference into an active part in the battlefield of spiritual commitment. One then can no longer remain in the inactive arena of neutrality. A choice must be made! Jesus is gentle and kind. He is persuasive as he says: “Come unto me . . . and learn of me . . . and ye shall find rest unto your souls, for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). No, no one can remain the same after dismounting the fence of indifference. A decision must be made to believe or not in Christ. This truth still remains. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . every tongue should confess . . . to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). Jesus is to be worshipped! To give him admiration when complete adoration is expected falls slightly beneath the mark. The difference: To admire means like very much. To adore is to worship or honor as deity or as divine. The Son of God shall receive his own. They will bow in adoration!
Down from the fence, standing for Christ, life gets better! It is never the same again!