I am by nature, a seeker of freedom, of truth, of the basis of life and because this is my nature, I am bound to seek things that have long been hidden and have stayed hidden. Once I find them, I make my own conclusions based on what type of knowledge or information I stumble upon—that is, either man has buried it himself or the universe is keeping it far from the reach of the wickedness of this world.
Now, this post is such among those that make those who catch offense uncomfortable, others will even go upto the extent of questioning what audacity to write such words, others will accept some words and disagree with other words and hopefully we will all get enlightened.
After all, I am not speaking out of my own wisdom, but of things that I have touched, fear that I keep silent of such matters and more are kept bound and strayed in their ways by my silence.
Martin Luther once said,
So yes! Jesus was not soft. I fear He is getting more and more misrepresented in the world. So am I the one representing Him perfectly? No, I am just but a path finder passing by and seeking the truth of His words for myself and sharing the knowledge to all men.
Many people, I included view Him to be gentle, to be kind, to be forgiving, to be loving and protecting, to be making intercessions for the whole world. But also, Jesus has come to be to the world, the ultimate sweet guy who loves all mankind but to the life of the world, the world can’t seem to reconcile why and how they would pray in His name and still suffer even some more. So I concluded either it is God who has changed (which both you and I agree that God is still the same, He changeth not) or it is man’s interpretation of Him that has changed and become twisted.
If you study the scriptures well and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and help you understand them without necessarily carrying the mind of ‘I know Jesus’ but empty it completely; like that of a child, empty all your minds contents, all religious teachings (of all denominations) you will behold another Jesus.
Jesus was not a sweet guy of ‘ooooh my little children let’s go to heaven, don’t worry I have come to save you’
He brought peace and division at the same time, He came with a sword and for spiritual war (Refer Matthew 10:34, Luke 12:49-53)
He was the one who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life! No one comes to the Father expect by me.” That means there is no other way! Not even through, our pastors blessings, our parents intercessions, our blessed mother Mary or the saints intercessions and all prophets.
He is the one who when John the Baptist was put into prison and John sent a word through his disciples asking, “are you the one who is to come or should we expect another?” And Jesus told the disciples “Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Luke 7:21-23)
I interpret, John wondered, how he could be in prison and his cousin, the Messiah not bother to have him released. “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”
Jesus was unpredictable in His dealings and His affairs to many but if you observe with a keen eye, He was also predictable. “I have come not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (the sick in mind, body, spirit, heart, soul) Luke 5:32 He was concerned with healing both of the body and of the heart, but most importantly healing and restoring the heart. Because He knew the sickness of a man’s heart causeth much infirmity even more to the the spirit and body.
When He spoke to thousands of those who followed Him, many left and abandoned Him because they said His teachings were too hard, who can understand them? He rebuked the unbelief of His disciples not in private but in public! How about that? His concern and only purpose was to fulfill the will of God, and that was spread the message of salvation. Not pleasing his disciples or His friends, His mother or father. Yes honor your mother and father! “I am not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it” (Matthew 5:17) He called men evil and wicked not because He did not love us, but because He understood the hearts of men are capable of devising much wickedness and evil.
Jesus was compassionate but with the same zeal He was ruthless when it came to dealing with sin and for that, He did not compromise and He was not two-way about it! He was clear!
Overtime and with religious teachings, His message has been distorted and passed down by many to represent Him as one who is okay with lukewarm people—and that is why now, we have a bleeding world today. So many christians in the world but little faith, little belief! He said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?” (Matthew 17:17)
Unfortunately we live in a world of a lot of pampering and flattery! “You are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:16) “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (Luke 9:23) “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.“ (Matthew 7:13) “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:22-23)
We have been accustomed to softness and pillows, sleeping generation! People only want to hear of nice things, pleasing to the ears, like healing, blessings, overflow, abundance, favor, enemies crushed, prayers answered instantly but they turn away when the message becomes a bit too intense, ‘not too Jesus for them’ Almost like, we want some parts of Jesus but not some others parts.
I love knowledge and wisdom truly and therefore I am daring. So, I am daring people today, to put their religious cloaks in the closet and set aside their religious practices for just once in a week and dare to labor themselves into the word of God.
Do not take my word for it, if you maybe have some doubts lest my words mislead you. Spend time in the word of God and find the truth for yourself. This is the only way to get the truth, not by a pastor, a priest, a sister of the cloth, a friend, confessions, givings, charity work or by your own righteousness or faithfulness. It is only by working out your own salvation as Paul said. Repent or perish! I interpret it as ‘Renew your mind in Christ or perish‘
If I am blunt. Your kind heart and good deeds do not cut it. What you do with your life for Jesus in this life is what will matter and I do not say it because I consider myself more privileged seeing that it is the path that I have chosen to walk, but because God created you for a purpose and that purpose must influence the life of another, if you fail to fulfill that purpose you fail that other person, that means you fail generations.
“Well isn’t that a bit to harsh? I don’t think God created us to then force us into relationship with him.”
I agree, God doesn’t force anybody into anything but He has given you salvation that is Christ and what He taught, not what you have learnt from religion— what Jesus taught. It is just an invitation to come to Him. If you do, well and good if you do not well and good. Both are choices.
—He that hath ears to hear, let him hear
As for me, I am going to enjoy the weather today and look to cook something new! I’ll figure it out, maybe watch something, read a book, rest a bit. I love the rain so I am usually super active, I have never really understood that correlation— all writing emotions just burst forth, I can write and write and write for hours especially poetry.
Enjoy your Sunday! Have a blessed one and stay positive