Shout it to the world!

Posted: 02/05/2011 in God
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Jesus is beyond my comprehension, way beyond my comprehension. As he reveals himself to me and shows me God the Father’s heart, I fall deeper in love with him. I am consumed by God and the more He overwhelms me with his love, the more I want of Him. It’s not a weird temporary obsession but a total abandonment to him as I’ve never known before. How do I try and explain who Jesus is, that he is more than a story or a myth. To say he was simply a good man who walked this earth is absurd. Who else in all of history has so impacted mankind and still does 2000 years later? He was fully God and fully man. His teaching was incomparable and indisputable, his love for the outcast surprising and his power amazing. The sacrifice Jesus made for us is beyond our comprehension. He was a radical, uncompromising in his purpose to see mankind restored to God. CS Lewis wrote;

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. … Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.”

I can’t convince anyone of course, but I often wish I could. It’s got me thinking though that if Jesus has so impacted me and is changing my life so dramatically, how can I be so mouse-like in telling others about him? I can’t for one second imagine what it will be like to stand before him when I die, to be physically in his presence. Today I’ve suddenly realised that in that moment I would want to know that I did everything possible, went to any length and paid whatever cost to tell as many people about him as I could. Why? Not so that on that day I can be congratulated by him, not because I fear him and not out of a sense of Christian duty. But because I think that when I see him, every descriptive word from every language in the world ever used to describe him are not even going to come close. In that instant I will not for one nano-second want to be separated from him. Forget “fire and brimstone”, hell is separation from God. In that moment I will want to shout it to the world that Jesus is King but then it will be too late to shout it to my family, friends, co-workers and strangers I meet down the street.

If I won’t want to keep silent about it then why should I now?

This is my Jesus – close your eyes and listen  Anyway – Youth Alive WA

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