“For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27).
Jesus has made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the multitudes greeted him with shouts of “Hosanna” proclaiming him as their Messiah. I am amazed at how things change yet remain the same, especially when it comes to human behavior. Many of the same people who shouted “Lord save us” were the same people who later shouted “Crucify him.” We accept the good things that God gives, but we reject the packaging. God gave Himself, packaged in the physical form of Jesus Christ the Son of man for the remission of our sins. Simply put the crowd said; “Give me salvation but you can keep Jesus.”
Today, just as it was two-thousand years ago, it is easy to get someone to talk about God, but try getting them to talk about Jesus, that is not so easy. We will often hear people talk about “feeling close to God.” Mention Jesus, and watch them squirm in their seats or shuffle their feet, people get uncomfortable in a hurry. How dare you say “Jesus is the only way to God,” people get upset even faster. Even the mime on the street corner will speak up and speak out on this issue. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
Jesus is not known for mincing words, Jesus says; “If you accept the Father, you must
accept Me, the Father and I are one” Please understand my friends that Jesus the Son and Jehovah (God) the Father are one and the same, no-if, no-and or no-but. Leave it alone that is the way it is, was in the beginning, in the middle and it will be that way in the end. You cannot have one without the other, take it or leave it you simply will never be able to separate the two. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2).
When someone talks about being close to God but wants nothing to do with Jesus, you
can be sure he is not yet close to God. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29). We start with Christ and we end with him—“until we all attain to the stature of the manhood of Christ Jesus,”– not to our idea of what the Christian perception of God and Jesus should be. As Jesus made his way to Jerusalem he was thinking of us and how sin had separated man from God, his mission was to bring humanity back to God as he knew he would return in a few days.
I believe the fear of having to make the “sacrifice of self”causes many to reject Jesus, embracing a false assumption that you can leap-frog him and get to God. “The disciple is never above his Master.” It is the fear of our having to go up to our Jerusalem and having the same thing happen to us that happened to Jesus. There, in our Jerusalem, the good works of God will be made manifest in us, people will get blessed, and one or two will show gratitude and the rest will shout “crucify him.” But nothing must detour us from going up to our Jerusalem it is the only way to get to heaven as Jesus showed.
Regardless of anyone’s unbelief, here is the simple truth: Jesus is God the Son, and He is
the only way God has provided for sinners’ reconciliation with Himself. Praise God for His merciful provision of a Savior, pray to God for a greater appreciation for Christ Jesus and the thirty-three years God walked among men on His way to the Cross of Calvary. “In him was life, and the life was the light of the men” (John 1:4).
“There they crucified him.” That is what happened when our Lord reached Jerusalem, and that happening is the gateway to our salvation. Jesus would not return to heaven as the Son of God until he had made it to Jerusalem, and neither will you and I. The journey of a saint does not end in crucifixion, by the grace of God it will end in glory. In the meantime when someone says; “You can keep Jesus,” say thank you, I thank God that he has kept me, as I too go up to Jerusalem. “And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which is being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23). I thank God for blessing you to be a blessing to someone else in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus our Christ
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- The Crucified Life (freshlyground.wordpress.com)
- The Passion of Jesus Christ (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)