USA – Christ in human form, Feb 28, 2017

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ who is the head over ever power and authority.” Colossians 2:9

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27

After thousands of years, Jesus came to earth. The religious people had already convinced themselves through the law that although they were never able to be with God that He would only be pleased with rituals. God had given them the rituals to make them conscious that through them they could never have the relationship with God that He wanted them to have. When Jesus came, they rejected Him and were offended that He would come as one of them and suggest that He was God. He called fishermen, tax collectors and even prostitutes and thieves “friends” which added to their perverted truth and they killed Him. Jesus didn’t stay dead but was raised from the dead and lives today. Through His death we have been forgiven and through the power of the Holy Spirit can begin to fulfill our destiny that “we be conformed to the likeness of Jesus” (Romans 8:28). Over 2,000 years later, religious people are still choosing rituals over being conformed to His likeness. Jesus came showing compassion for those that were lost and hurting and He continues to fulfill that mission through those that have been born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that at the final hour all believers will stand before Him and He will say, “Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. ‘For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me.” Matthew 25:34-40

If you are around people that are being conformed, you will know them by their fruit. Jesus said the two commandments that are important to Him are to love God and love others. Simple. Jesus said, “For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:37). The life of Christ is always populated with words of compassion and a desire to reach the hungry, thirsty, naked, astranged, sick and those in prison. They love not only with words and tongue but in action and truth (1 John 3:8). Jesus cared more about the Father and others than Himself. That is a tough and impossible act unless we deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Him. Religious people have to convince others that they have the only real formula to “reach God” or “feel His presence” and fearfully pursue those rituals. There will be no time or compassion to reach those that Jesus wants to reach, just a desire to “get more of Jesus” for themselves.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18