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Deliver the Verdict

Updated on June 26, 2017

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.



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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Pretty good hub, I have a few points.

      First, Jesus taught us not to judge. You judge by human standards, I judge not. Also Jesus did not condemn the Adulteress.

      Second, sacrifice does not and has never removed sin. Sin is in the mind in the form of negative emotions before any act. Forgiveness removes the sin or negative emotions.

      Third, Jesus taught God was a loving, forgiving, personal father. God is a God of Peace. Jesus also taught to love one another including your enemies. This is contrary to the Old Testament (OT) depiction of God as a vengeful, jealous killer. To be Christian one must renounce the OT, Rabbinic concepts.

      Peace

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      BarTorr 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Afternoon Jay! I would like to begin by thanking you for investing your time reading this humble hub.

      Second I would like to respond to your points.

      Our need to judge, as stated on this article, is to decide whether we believe Jesus was indeed the son of God sent to pay the price for our sins, it is not calling by any means the judgment of each other where I would agree with you we are not called to do.

      The ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is the only way to remove sin.

      Hebrews 9

      13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God!

      15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

      As far as the third point expressed, Jesus did not come to abolish the law but instead to fulfill it.

      Matthew 5: 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

      It is my desire to bring to the consciousness of the reader that the sacrifice of Jesus is something relevant to us today. I would like for the simplicity of the relationship with Jesus and the All so Loving Father you address is remembered vs. Christianity and laws. And of course bring a reminder of the second coming of Christ where life as we know it will come to an end and we stand to face eternity.

      I want to thank you again for your interest in my humble hub and pray God blesses you Greatly!

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Perhaps we have a little different viewpoint, but we both seem to agree that Jesus is the correct example.

      I believe the theory of removal of sin is flawed and is left over from Rabbinic doctrine. I am not Jewish because I do not follow the Rabbis. I am Christian because I follow Jesus. I do not believe sacrifice has ever removed sin whether it was done by animals or, any form of human sacrifice.

      The resurrection of Jesus is proof of an afterlife because he could not come back from nothing. A place or condition must first exist before there can be a return. Proof of an afterlife is necessary for Man to even believe in spirit or soul. Without this proof a rational person would be an atheist. Once we believe in a soul or spirit we will turn to spiritual things. This is how Jesus saves. I hope you understand.

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