And Jesus said unto them, “Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”
To follow Christ is to live a life in line with the natural law which is imprinted on our hearts but which we ignore so often and so subtly that we forget it exists at all.
The cornerstone of Jesus’ life is love, not just for those who we are close to, but for those who hate and hurt us. This love is not easy, no-one ever claimed it was, but this love is what the world needs. If only we stopped hating those who hate us, or even just stopped ignoring those who are rejected by society, the world, our neighbours, and thus ourselves would be happier and more peaceful.
The other rock on which Jesus built his life was on that of sincerity. Jesus wanted us to truly be the men who we claimed to be. We should not give the impression of love and then hate. We should not give the appearance of purity and then defile ourselves. Such restraint, such self-command is difficult, nearly impossible, but when we try to be truly good men then we can accomplish great things.
Believing in God is agreeing with a natural belief, a realization that there is something out there greater than ourselves which we can neither see nor touch.
We can go through life quietly shutting it out for long periods at a time, but in our moments of basic instinct when faced with death or sickness, we naturally and almost without exception turn to this Being for help.
Not only did Jesus affirm that this Being exists, he also gave us the vision to see him more clearly. Jesus taught us to think of God as our Father, as a loving fair parent who watches over his dearly beloved children.
This explanation of God confirms so much of what we see around us, whether it be in the beauty of nature or in the great dramas of our own lives. When we really look at all that is good about this world we must feel that there is some caring Being watching over it, despite the best efforts of man to destroy it.
To follow Jesus is to become a child of God, not of natural descent, but as adopted sons. It confirms the natural inclination of our hearts which senses a powerful guiding hand which helps and strengthens those in need.
The teachings of Jesus have a depth and natural truth about them which men should ponder in their hearts. Yet there is even more to Jesus than these principles of philosophy. This is because Jesus was not just a teacher, he was and still is a mediator between man and God, because although his body was human, his spirit was divine.
When we believe and trust in his way we become part of the mystical body of Christ, all believers united, working together in a divine and incomprehensible way. This means that when Jesus’ body was crucified it had a significance for all of those who follow him.
God is a loving, kind, generous Father who calls us back to Him, but it is also the role of every good Father to chastise his children. Each of us in some way deserve this discipline, in fact the punishment which we rightly deserve is more than we could bear.
We should never forget that the most astounding event involving Jesus came three days after he had been killed. Throughout his life Jesus had shown a special power by which he could help and heal others but undoubtedly the greatest miracle of all was his resurrection. By rising from the dead Jesus showed that he really was the chosen one of God, the Christ.
The resurrection is the greatest in a long line of miracles, and surely he who admits it cannot possibly deny that Jesus is the chosen one of God.
So why follow Jesus?
The answer to this question lies in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By following his teachings we can live the lives which God meant for us, by accepting his death in our place we cancel the debts of our sins, and by trusting in the resurrection we can stand confidently knowing that the evidence of divine power is always with us. Amen
Scripture of the day: Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” ~ John 14:6
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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