My two year old has begun learning the childhood favorite, "Jesus Love Me." He asks to sing it by just saying, "Jesus." And when he sings along, the only words he hits are, "Yes...Jesus....Me!" It's pretty cute to hear his sweet little voice saying, "Jesus."
My two year old has it right. It is just about Jesus.
I had a discussion with a friend recently, and the word 'religion' came up many times. Though this friend was trying to be polite, I could really just hear them saying, "No thanks. Religion is not for me."
That may be true for a lot of people.
Religion puts on rules and regulations, do's and don'ts. Religion separates into denominations to make following Jesus about keeping a list of laws. Those that would consider themselves 'religious' know that this is not the intent. But to those who are not 'religious,' they are offended or put off.
I see it. I get it.
I don't know if I would call Jesus 'religious.' He broke many rules including eating with sinners and tax collectors, addressing prostitutes and adulterers, even working on the Sabbath.
No, I'd say Jesus was not about religion.
What Jesus was about then is still what He's about now: relationships with His people.
Jesus came for the sole purpose of restoring the relationship between God and the people He created. His death on the cross made that possible. Romans 5:1-2 says, "Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory."
Jesus did come to give us eternal life, but that is not all. He doesn't just leave us hanging until we eventually die. How hard would life be if that were the case? No, Jesus wants an ongoing relationship with us now. He delights in us, and wants us to come to Him with our troubles. "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares for you." -1 Peter 5:7
He wants us to come to Him so He can give us peace and rest. '"Then Jesus said, 'Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.'" -Matthew 11:28-29
He wants us to get to know Him and learn from Him so that we may have real joy in this world. "When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! " John 15:10-11
Maybe I just lost you right there. I said the words, "keep His commandments." Yes, but His commandments are to love God and to love people. All of the commandments are summed up in those two phrases. (See Mark 10:29-31). I think most people would admit that that sounds okay.
Jesus is what the world needs. We don't need religion. Sure, religion is a way we organize Jesus' followers, and that is good to some degree. But if any religion loses sight of Jesus, it is pointless.
The Bible often describes Jesus as the One and Only. In John 1:18 (NIV) it says, "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God..." And in John 3:16, "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes is him will not perish but have eternal life." These are just a couple of the references, but I absolutely love the phrase. Jesus, the One and Only
Jesus is the One and Only:
-Path to Peace
-Way to God
-Light of the World
-Savior of our Souls
-Lover of our Souls
It is all about Jesus.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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