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Deliver the Verdict
Travel down the path of a man with me. Walk a mile in his shoes and then deliver your verdict.
He was a humble man, with humble beginnings. Raised in a traditional family setting. Nothing in his upbringing would significantly dictate the man he would become. In spite of his limitations, he became a very generous man. He extended a helping hand to the sick, offered advise to anyone in turmoil, took care of his mother, and inspired those who surrounded him to become the best version of themselves they could be.
Jealousy quickly grew from a group of people who opposed what he stood for. Being that his actions shed light on their devious actions. They conspired and in the middle of the night grabbed their pitch forks and dragged him away putting him to death.
Does this sound like a man deserving to be put to death by unanimous decision of his peers?
If you knew such a man or if you sat in his hearing, what would your verdict have been?
Over 2,000 years Jesus came to earth to be such a man. Born in a manger, from an insignificant town. He became known for his generous ways. He healed the sick, offered an alternative way of life to those who were condemned by sin, and befriended not only the generation who saw him alive but also extends his friendship to you and I today.
Society may see the story of this man as merely religion. However, Christianity was and will always be the story of one man who came to earth, giving the best of himself so that you and I can be the best we could be.
The verdict given by those then, is still out for you to judge today.
Do you believe God associated himself with humanity to the extent of sending his son to dwell among men? That he allowed him to be vulnerable enough for human hands to kill him? And that the reason that this all powerful being would do such a thing was to be able to love you in spite of your imperfections? Or do you believe this was a traditional folk tale of the Hebrew people not having any relevance with you and I today? Do you believe he deserved to die for coming to condemn the world?
Today you and I sit at a court room and decide whether this so called Jesus was in fact the son of God or just another fairy tale. However, one day there will be another judgment. This time the condemned will be the judge. In this hearing He will judge YOU. Did you accept his sacrifice made on your behalf? Did you honor his Father to the best of your ability? Did you live a life in preparation for his coming?
Your verdict is still yours to deliver. You have time to choose what it will be, but keep in mind that his verdict is still out on you. What you decide today will determine how you will be judged tomorrow.
Jesus did not come to the world to condemn it, he came to save it. Punishment was not what motivated Gods heart, love is. He will love and pursue you until the ends of the world, yet at the end of your life story, your choices will determine your destination.
Religion may seem to be a henchman, waiting to execute punishment for sin. Jesus is the not a poster board for religion, he is the spokesperson to relationship. Make your way through the stigmas and concepts you may have towards Christianity, and find your way to Jesus. YOUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT.