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Jesus- More than a song can say
Jesus: More than a song
As I was listening to Christian music this morning during my Bible Study time with God, something amazing occurred to me. Jesus is more than anything we can imagine. Let's unpack some passages as well as some songs that talk about Jesus Christ. First, I want to look at a passage from the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah 53:5-12 describes what exactly is going to go down when Jesus' ministry is thriving and what's ultimately going to happen to Him when he goes to the Cross. Look at verse 7: "He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth" (Isaiah 53:7, NIV) Even when those who hated Jesus mocked Him, He refused to open his mouth and condemn them. How often do we judge others and condemn others when really we shouldn't? I know I'm guilty. I love the last sentence in verse 12: "For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53:12, NIV) He bore the sin of ALL of us! He made a way to the Father through his death, burial and resurrection. I was once asked, "Why did Christ have to die?" I answered the question like this: "So he could send the Holy Spirit to us, and we could have a direct relationship with God." Let's move on now to the New Testament. Mark 2:17 says, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I [Jesus] have not come to call the righteous, but sinners" (Mark 2:17, NIV) None of us are righteous. Jesus is the friend of sinners. He sat and ate with prostitutes, tax collectors, as well as other groups of sinners. Do we look at those who are different from us any different than we look at those who are similar? Let's look what James has to say. So, let's picture a man who drives a nice Mercedes and dressed in suit and tie walks into your church this Sunday, and at the same time, a man who drives an old 1980s clunker parks right next to him and walks in covered in oil and grease from head to toe walks in. Do we treat the man wearing the suit any differently than the man covered in oil and grease. "If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes, and say, 'here's a good seat for you,' but say to the poor man 'You may stand here' or 'Sit on the floor by my feet,' have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?" (James 2:3,4 NIV) You see, we are not to pass judgment amongst other believers. Who are we to judge? We're just as dirty and broken as our brothers and sisters.
Ok, I'm going to switch gears now, and look at some modern Christian music. Let's look at what one of my all-time favorite songs In Christ Alone says about Jesus. "In Christ alone, My hope is found He is my Light, my Strength, my Song." Powerful lyrics, right? That's all fine and dandy, but that doesn't even begin to touch on who Jesus is. Friends, Jesus is the Giver of Life! The King of kings! Friend of sinners! Lord of lords! And even more! Jesus is more than any words can ever describe! Let's look at some other lyrics. Take a look at Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin. "I know Who goes before me, I know Who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side." Hallelujah! God is always by our sides! Amazing! Powerful! God loves us so much that He sent his only begotten Son for us.
So, this is all great, but you're probably wondering who Jesus is to me. You saw the biblical view, the lyrical view, so now I'm going to show you who this Jesus dude is to me. Jesus is my personal Lord and Savior. My best friend. Jesus has my heart, and He is my protector. Before I came to Christ, I was hopeless. I didn't really have motives to do anything. I was lazy. Ok, so those of you who know me are probably thinking, "yeah.... and?" Well, I'm going to be honest. I still struggle, I still sin, I still fall short, but we all do. Lately, I've been praying for a change of heart, for a deeper and more intimate love for Jesus. I've got to say Jesus is changing my heart! Friends, I want to close with this message: it's a process we are always growing, always changing, sometimes we take steps back, but as long as we take leaps forward and repent when we sin, God will stick by us!