Christianity At Its Roots
Posted: Friday, October 31
Verse of the day:
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. (Hebrews 2:14)
The whole idea of God becoming man at first seems very mythical and superstitious. Especially now that Halloween is today and the supernatural is more in your face than ever, the gospel message can seem like it belongs with the tales of ghosts and goblins. But the truth is, the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection doesn’t fit with the guidelines of ghost stories or mythology. And the greatest proponent for that is that the disciples of Jesus - his own companions and friends during his public ministry.
After Jesus’ crucifixion, his disciples who had followed him everywhere for the last 3 years simply gave up! They went back to doing what they had been doing before following Jesus. His disciples, even after being told time and time again by Jesus that he would come back from the dead, believed he was dead and gone. They at one point believed that Jesus was the messiah, the promised savior for mankind, but now that he was dead they thought to themselves, “We must have gotten this wrong.” They believed that was the end of Jesus from Galilee. But when news reached them that Jesus was alive, and from the least believable people (because women had zero value, especially with their opinions and words) they were floored and didn’t all believe it themselves! But once they saw Jesus, their lives were completely changed - so much that they were willing to die for Jesus. Not because of an idea, religion, or movement but because they had seen Jesus rise from the dead.
Christianity is more than a bunch of good ideas from a really old wise man or a compilation of rituals and ceremonies. Christianity is based on the fact that God became a man - flesh and blood like you and me - and died for humanity. We had a serious issue termed, ‘sin’ and because of God’s incredible everlasting love for us, He decided to become the final sacrifice that dealt with sin once and for all. The really cool thing is, all we have to do to be in God’s good grace is to tell Him that we’re genuinely sorry about our sin and ask for his forgiveness! It’s not about anything we’ve done, it’s all about the sacrifice Jesus made for us. He took care of the hard part. We’ve got it good. Thank God for His love for us! If you haven’t asked Him for forgiveness yet, today is the day! Don’t wait! It’s the best decision you’ll make in your entire life.