Sunday, 29 September 2013

Back to our Roots

Scripture: John 14 v 6; 2 Peter 3v 1-2; John 10 v 1 - 5. 


Jesus said that following Him is the ONLY way to the Father because Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  Jesus never lied about anything. The Holy Bible is man's yardstick of truth throughout all ages.

He is the way. He not only came to teach us about the love of God but He was the fullest expression of that love through His death and resurrection. The most noble heroes are those who put their lives on the line to save and protect others. The firemen who risk their lives to save people trapped in a burning building; the soldiers who go into battle to protect those at home; selfless strangers who brave the odds to save a life.

Jesus is the most noble of all. He tasted death for everybody. He took on the deepest darkest death - eternal separation from our Father in Heaven, and conquered it for us all. He won the opportunity for every soul to find the only way to Heaven, the way through His own death and resurrection. It is called the way of the Cross.

The way is not through Mary his earthly mother; nor through any religion, ritual or faith in any other god or name. The way is through Jesus, and only through His name are we saved. Acts 2 v 21-41.

Jesus is the truth. His whole lifestyle, words, miracles and presence are the absolute truth for He is God and He is of God and God is truth. The Bible is Jesus in written form. He is called the Word of God. The CV of Jesus Christ is the Bible. He came into a corrupt world and shone the light of truth and was hated for it.

He called the religious leaders, Pharisees, utterly evil. They were rich, self-righteous, blind leaders of the blind and they had Jesus crucified because He showed them up. There are thousands of cults today, some large and well known, who are built on the example of the lies of the Pharisees.

All religions are based on lies and half-truths. Christianity is based on the truth about God, Jesus, Heaven, satan, hell, demons, sickness, money, love and every aspect of human existence. God sent Jesus to confound all falseness and bring truth.

Jesus is the life. Those who know Jesus and follow Him truly experience life differently from those who don't. In John 10v10 He says that the thief ie satan comes to kill, steal and destroy (our lives) but that He has come to give us life more abundantly. Abundance means more than enough. More abundantly means more than more than enough! Overflowing abundance!! Life that flows with spiritual, and material wealth. Satan takes away and distorts what little we have left. When we, through Jesus, overcome him we experience real life. Drug and alcohol free; tobacco free; sin free life.

So back to our roots is the answer. Fast and pray to have the faith that was once delivered to the apostles. Come out from among them says the Lord, and be separated unto Me. Let us uproot the worldliness that has overwhelmed the church and our lives and become radical followers of Jesus. Let us sacrifice the life of unrestrained pleasure for the submitted life of dedication to the One who is the ultimate Hero.
Prayer: Heavenly Father there are no grey areas, no compromise with the world, to gain everlasting life with You. We choose to separate ourselves from the world and its sinfulness and pray for a return to our roots to worship You in Spirit and in truth. In Jesus' name. Amen