Ruminating on Jesus

When a man knows his purpose, everyone else knows as well.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx-Paul Robertson, Heir

As one who has claimed to know Jesus for the majority of my adult years, a quick review of those years proves that I really haven’t had a clue who Jesus was.

It seems that this is also true in the lives of most folks I come across.

They think they know him; their lives tend to tell a different tale.

Why?

They haven’t been introduced to Jesus, rather, they’ve been presented a character who is so far removed from their reality that true discipleship is an impossibility. We wrap him up in so much “do’s and don’ts,” tradition, discrimination and favoritism that who he actually is becomes obscured.

When one discovers the Jesus as he is intended, that person is changed. Not maybe, not a little, but substantially. He becomes an individual of which Robertson’s statement above becomes truthful.

If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin. —John

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