Who’s this Jesus Dude?

I talk about God and Jesus often on this blog. I want to let you know that if you don’t know who Jesus is or don’t care to know more about Jesus, you are still welcome here. You are welcome to hear my words and either take them or leave them. I delight in making friends and speaking with people that have different points of view, so if that’s you, I am SO glad that you are on this site!

If you get to know me more, though, you will realize that Jesus is an extremely important part of my life: the most important part.

Because of that, I would love to give you perspective on why I believe that Jesus is so important and why I identify as one who believes and follows Jesus.

I believe that every being on this Earth is inherently sinful. Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Have you ever stretched the truth, stolen, or thought a bad thought at least once in your life? Yep, me too. Once we do that, we are called sinners. We are not perfect people, and I am the first person to admit that.

In addition to that, I believe that God created this Earth; He is completely perfect and completely just. God calls us to be perfect, as well (hear me out, those who already know the story I’m about to tell!). Yet if we do one thing wrong, we cannot claim ourselves to be perfect. No striving in this world can ever strive enough to reach perfection. We just mess up . . . a lot.

And yet God wants to hang out with us! There’s one problem . . . He can only fully be with perfect people and other beings. We were once created as perfect beings, but as the first man decided to sin and not obey God’s instructions, we all were cursed with messing up and being imperfect. Yuck!

Yet God is so powerful and stubborn that in His love He decides to make a way for us to be reunited with Him. He has a rule that the shedding of blood is the payment for sin, because He is just and so wrongdoing needs to have a price. So, either we, deservedly imperfect humans, die forever, OR, someone who is perfect can die in place of us so that we can live on after death.

But who else in this world is perfect but God? God decides to send His son, Jesus, fully human (in order to be able to fulfill the shedding of blood) and fully God (completely perfect) to do this task. Jesus died on a cross, rose from the dead and payed the price for us so that we can eventually reunite with the Lord and become the creatures we were intentionally made to be in this place called Heaven! Isn’t that great?

Romans 6:23 says that “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Being able to reunite with God again and become the humans we are supposed to be is a gift. We did nothing to receive it. Yet if God is offering this gift to us, we have to choose to take it.

How do we receive this gift? By faith.

Many people mistake 2 things for this faith that I’m talking about:
1. Saving faith is not just believing certain historical facts. The Bible says that even the devil believes that there is one God, so believing that there is one God is not saving faith.
2. Saving faith is not just trusting God for a temporary crisis such as financial, family, or physical needs. Now these are good, and you should trust Christ for these, but they are not saving faith.
Saving faith is trusting in Jesus Christ for eternal life (that restoration part I was talking about). It means resting upon Christ alone and on what He had done rather than in what you or I have done to get us into heaven.
“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts 16:31)

(Credit to this blog for that last paragraph )

And because of that faith, we say that Jesus saved us from our sins. He took our punishment so that we might be able to live with the Lord forever.

Does this sound amazing to you or what? That’s why I love Jesus and the Lord. I am so in awe of God, and what He did for me. That’s why I do things like read my Bible, go to Church, and hang out with people who believe in Jesus, as well. I love the Lord so much that I get excited when others do, as well, and I want to study the Bible and go to Church to get to know Him more. It’s not a list of chores; it’s a joy.

If you’re interested in this faith that I am talking about, I encourage you to take these couple of steps!

  1. Admit that you are imperfect: a sinner.
  2. Decide to repent and turn away from your sin.
  3. Believe that who Jesus is and what He did is true
  4. Tell God all of these things and ask Him to rule your life.

If you decide to do these things, please tell someone else, preferably another Christian in your life! If you don’t have anyone else, please contact me!

The idea of ruling someone’s life may seem crazy and weird, but I promise that it’s the most freeing thing in the world. Because Jesus died on the cross and rose again, we can admit that God is perfect, we are not, and that He is way more powerful and majestic than us. Since He first Created us, we should recognize Him as Savior, Creator, and Ruler. If He rules, we don’t have to worry about ruling. Whatever happens to us, we can trust that God is ruling it all. If we get disappointed, we can be encouraged that God knows what is going on in our life and is not being passive; He is actively working in our lives. And while we are on this Earth, God decides to slowly but surely transform us to become the people that we are ultimately created to be! We don’t have to wait for after death for the restoration process!

Now do you see why I get so excited about God and Jesus?