-THE DISTANCE TO BE TRAVERSED- (Reading part 1 will help)
As a Jesus follower I am a person who is just trying to live the way Jesus lived, to follow Him as he walked, to travel the same distance he did. I know that the path He walked is the absolute best way to walk.
This isn’t a blind faith, anti-intellectual way of living. It’s simply living the way the Creator who proved himself with signs and purity, that He is the best path to follow. Jesus surpasses every other person in all of history in purity, in righteousness, in compassion, in holiness, in wisdom, in Life.
I’m persuaded that loving what Jesus loved is the right distance to travel
I’m persuaded that hating what Jesus hated is the right distance to travel
I’m persuaded that pursuing God’s glory in every situation is the greatest distance to travel
I’m persuaded that being holy is the best distance to travel
I’m persuaded that having the wisdom of God is the best way to travel any distance.
This isn’t ignorant blind following of a random historical person, it’s looking into reality with a strong desire for truth and seeing a man who came back to life, who forgave those who killed him, who overturned tables at a temple, you called religious leaders ‘children of the devil’, who showed compassion on a hungry crowd, who lifted up a crushed adulterous.
When you start traveling the distance Jesus traveled you notice that people start treating you like they treated Jesus, your family might think you are out of your mind (Mark 3:20), others think you are to harsh or hard and leave you, your friends betray you, the majority of people want to kill you.
Not to say that there are not other ways to get people to treat you like that.
Jesus purpose was to show people who God really was… Often people say, ‘If God is real, why doesn’t He just show Himself?’
But God did!
Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30)
The Light that came from God is God and the world couldn’t see it – He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him ( John 1:10). Why didn’t and doesn’t the world see the Light that is Christ?
Is it because science has disproved God?
Is it because The Bible is too narrow-minded?
Is it because the church doesn’t reflect God accurately?
Or is it because ‘people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)
Jesus once claimed to be ‘the way, the truth and the life’ what Jesus was saying is rather plain for anyone to see, the way of Jesus is the only way, the truth of Jesus is the only truth, and the life of Jesus is the only real life. I look in a world and I see catholics and Buddhists and Muslims and Jews and Mormons and unnumbered others trying to tell me there way is the right way… And I’d be lost if I had to sift through all those millions of views to find truth, but Christ came into the reality He created and gave me the right to be a child of God (John 1:12).
1Co 2:10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
And then Paul climaxes his chapter with this great statement “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Jesus brought life to dead corpses in sin and at enmity with God
So the distance of Jesus is not about pretty thoughts, its about who He is and what he taught
It about traveling the road as He lived and taught it should be traveled
What we need to ask ourselves is not what sounds cool and noble, but who lives and teaches what Jesus lived and taught
Being right and living righteously are not separable: If a murder has some mental understanding of what is right, that doesn’t change who he is… If someone who gave their life for dying people on the streets of India does it to earn or merit something for them self and not out of a love for God, that is no more vitreous.
John brought right belief and right action together in chapter 5 of his first epistle, he said, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.
Notice how he says, those who believe something.. are born again
And then goes on to say those who love other Christians…are born again
The only way to know the truth about reality is to know the truth of God, the truth Christ came to bring us.