THAT Isn’t MY Jesus!
As I prepare the message for tomorrow’s service at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship where I pastor, I can’t help but go back in time in my mind to Jerusalem that day when Jesus entered the city for the last time.
I am always fascinated by prophecy. It helps me to see God throughout the Bible when someone wrote something hundreds or sometimes thousands of years before an event and then with precision, it comes true. This happened with many many things (over 300) about Jesus. In his entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus fulfilled one more prophecy by riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9).
The message for this day is usually the expectations of the people who came out to greet their new king! Jesus of Nazareth, the prophet, who would rise up against Rome and free the Jewish people of the Roman oppression. As we know now, Jesus didn’t come to lead them to war. He came to lead them into a different kind of freedom. A freedom from their sins.
Many times at present, many don’t want the Jesus that came to save us from our sins either. Instead, we think MY Jesus came to free me from so much more than sins. He came to give me freedom from poverty, freedom from depression, freedom from obstacles in life, freedom from pain, from sorrow, from loss. When we do suffer these things, and most do, we end up confused. Jesus isn’t holding up to the expectations that I had for Him. I did my part by saying the prayer, going to church, and reading the Bible. He’s NOT holding up to His end of the bargain. When a friend, pastor, or something reminds us that Jesus is our savior from the worst thing possible, our sins, we think “THAT Isn’t MY Jesus!”.
When we create a Jesus that goes outside of the spectrum of the Bible, we’re creating God in our image instead of us being in HIS image. That’s creating a false god… an idol.
God spoke to Job with a lot of reminders of who He is when we was asking the “Where were you?” questions in Job 38. We need to remember that WE are the clay and God is the potter. We need to know Jesus brings us so much in all of the good and bad times in this life because of what He accomplished on the cross. We are perfected in heaven. Not here on earth. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, a few days after his entry into Jerusalem, we can have peace, joy, happiness, and so much more through everything because the burden of our sins has been lifted. God, Himself, paid the price for our disobedience. It’s THAT that we can celebrate every day no matter what mud life is dragging us through, we’ve been forgiven and THAT is worth celebrating in everything!
Continue to study and learn about Jesus. If things in your life aren’t lining up with your expectations of Jesus, make sure that your expectations line up with the Bible and not the Jesus idol you’ve created in your mind. Because Jesus love never fails, and it never gives up, and it never runs out!
Have a wonderful Palm Sunday. Be blessed friends!
~ James Oliver
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