Here are some honest, from-the-heart questions to my friends from the church where, while I’m no longer a part of, I still love and honor:
While you’re very passionate about your eschatology — the prophecy, the Sunday law, the Pope and the supposed visit to the US as the the fulfilment of it — how’s your Christology? How’s your relationship with Jesus?
I’m not talking about whether you believe in God — it’s generic. It’s very easy to hide behind the generic “God” term and feel religious. No, I’m talking about your personal relationship with the God-man Jesus Christ.
I’m not talking about whether you believe you’re secured because you’re part of the “true church”. No, I’m talking about whether you’re secured in Jesus’s salvation if God decides to end your life today.
How’s your personal relationship with Jesus today? Who are you in Him when no one is looking?
If you evaluate your life in the past and how it is lived right now — you look at the prophecies, the Pope, the anticipation of Sunday Law, or Jesus Christ — where do you think your life have been focused on?
And most especially, where do you plan to focus on for the remainder of your life here on earth?
My prayer is that you focus on Jesus. You grow in your personal relationship with him daily. Let the noise of the present world or the future that quite honestly, only God really knows, not bother you. Be still in Jesus. Everything else — neither the present nor the future — doesn’t really matter if you’re with Him.
TODAY, RESURRECTION SUNDAY, WE CELEBRATE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENT IN HUMAN HISTORY. SIGNIFICANT NOT ONLY FOR SOME, BUT FOR ALL!
IF YOU’RE A FOLLOWER OF JESUS, there will be times in your life where you’ll feel troubled, burdened, even depressed. Remember however, that your savior is not dead. He is alive today — loving you, caring for you and walking with you through hard times.
IF YOU’RE SORT OF A FOLLOWER OF JESUS, remember that Jesus is alive today, he’s not a joke. He demands full commitment, not half-heartedness. Either you follow him or not at all. If he’s truly alive today, you should take that seriously.
IF YOU’RE NOT A FOLLOWER OF JESUS, what we celebrate today also affects your life. You might want to consider, if what we claim is not true, we’re just a bunch of lunatic. And with the rest of the people who lived from 2000 years ago, you have the right to laugh at us. However, if what we believe truly happened — that our Master has risen from the dead, it has eternal implications. He claims that he is the way, the truth and the life, and that no one comes to the father except through him. You then have to decide whether to believe him or not.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
-Apostle Paul (1 Tim. 1:15,16), and quite honestly, this applies to me and if you’re a follower of Jesus, to you, too.
“The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ— God’s righteousness.” -Apostle Paul (Philippians 3:7-9 MSG)
Every new year is a year of hope, a new beginning. But in our pursuit of happiness, pleasure and dreams, there is a great possibility that we’ll loose focus on the more important thing. And as a follower of Jesus, he should be the most important thing. My dreams, my plans, my happiness all depends on him and him alone.
As we enter the new year, my prayer for you and me is that we make everything else insignificant compared to our pursuit of Christ. May 2015 be all about Jesus in your life. If you’re not yet a follower of Christ, my hope is you’ll consider him this year — or at least investigate the possibility that his claims might be true — that he can forgive, love and give meaning to life.
Happy New Year!
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“Christmas time once a year is a built-in, annual reminder to the whole world that Christ once came to earth and that he is coming again. Celebrate the season with that in mind. Time spent with friends and family, the exchanging of presents, and all the wonderful thoughts and feelings Christmas brings are all good. Make it even better by celebrating what does matter the most—Christ your Lord and Savior.” – Ritchie Carbajal. Pastor, Crossweave Church.
From our entire family, Merry Christmas to all of you!