In light of the gospel…

We have a tendency to move from simple to complex.  Our government exemplifies this.    Our relationships exemplify this.  Even our religion exemplifies this.

I believe that most of us have misunderstood the very purpose of Jesus because of our tendency to overcomplicate issues.  We rebel against simplicity.  Our lives are supposed to get bigger and better and therefore complex.  Anything that isn’t bigger or better is too simple.  It’s not enough. That is what I believe is so profound about Jesus.  His purpose was to make the most complex issue we face, simple.  There is no mystery more perplexing than God.  For most civilizations in history, God has been elusive.  Yet Jesus brought God near.  He taught about God in simple terms and ideas so that everyone could understand.

He called God, “daddy”.

He simply said, “I forgive you, now go and sin no more”

He summed up forgiveness and God’s mercy for the lost by saying:  When a lady loses her money and finds it, she gets real excited- and that is how God feels about you.

When we wonder if we are truly connected to God and contemplate issues like salvation or sanctification, Jesus says, “Anyone who loves me will bear fruit”.

Even the Apostle Paul focused on simplicity in every area of life:
on marriage:  In light of the fact that Jesus died for your sins, husbands should love their wives as Jesus love the church, he died for it”

on being single: In light of the fact that Jesus died for your sins, you who are single shouldn’t worry about getting married, just use your time to love Jesus.

on being angry:  In light of the fact that Jesus died for your sins, forgive one another.

on having enemies: In light of the fact that Jesus died for your sins, love your enemies.

Every topic in the early church was simply an application of a simple thought.

  1. You were a sinner who rebelled against God. (Romans 3:10)
  2. God forgave you and put his punishment on Jesus.   (Romans 3:23)
  3. Because he died and rose again, you are a new person.  (Romans 6)
  4. Live like you are a new person.

Are you overwhelmed by life and wondering what you should do?  Ask this question, “In light of the fact that Jesus died on the cross and your sins are forgiven, what should you do”

Are you looking for a purpose in your job or relationship?  Perhaps you should simply ask,”In light of the fact that Jesus died on the cross and forgave me of my sins, what gives me purpose?”

 Here is a sermon about Jesus’ perspective of religion.

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