He serves as an ideal for which I strive for in my life. Jesus is God, he came to Earth, and he died so that our sins may be forgiven — Tyler. That really sums up who he is to me. Jesus was God, and he is the reason that all of sinning humanity has a shot at getting into heaven. Of course, Jesus can be described as many things. There are a lot of popular ways to view Jesus, which sound pretty, but have lost most of their meaning by now.
In my mind, Jesus is God, he came to Earth, and he died so that our sins may be forgiven. At this moment, to me, He is simply a basis at which to place faith on.
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That may sound demeaning, but I mean it in the way that faith must be based on some concrete principle or idea or the faith has the possibility of lacking any real meaning. Without all of the parables and miracles in the Bible, it would be difficult to have any faith in a higher power. However, I have struggled to put that into personal practice. I have always believed in Jesus and what he did for humanity two thousand years ago.
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I have accepted that gift of salvation. The aspect of Jesus that I struggle with the most is the personal relationship part. It is the religion of the church that gets in the way of being true followers of Christ. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that if we ask Him to come into our hearts, we are forgiven and can have an everlasting relationship with Him. What do you think? What do you believe about Jesus? Is it possible to have a relationship with Jesus? What questions do you have about Jesus? I think we need to present Jesus as one who challenges the status quo with surprising things, because I think the image we have is so banal and so predictable.
And in places where the church is associated with the status quo, to find a way of recovering the subversiveness of Jesus. Bob, California: Jesus is a hero, teacher, son, friend, legend, healer, Messiah, and a leader.
Jesus is my savior. Noel, England: Jesus is absolutely essential and foundational to my thinking. In this country you will see a very clear divided emphasis between those who primarily focus on Jesus as Lord in terms of worship in church. The focus is very much on him ascended on high, in power, in glory. Alastair, England: Peacemaking is central to the gospel and its central to what the church is called to be. A peacemaking community within itself. But Jesus is a person of action, caring and love.
He makes demands on us to be faithful, to be caring.
He comes by without condemning but standing alongside of and affirming the dignity of every person. Jesus was a man of action. He spent His time among the people, working among the people. Raymond, Ivory Coast, West Africa: In order for Jesus to become incarnate he made himself nothing and he temporarily set aside the glory he had shared with God. And after he had finished his earthly ministry, he asked God as we see in John 17, to give to him again, to restore to him the glory that he had let go of during his earthly ministry and that was his right.
And it was in this way that he was raised to the right hand of God and restored to his former position of glory. Jesus is truly God manifested and always was even in his earthly ministry. Noel, England: Nonviolence is absolutely at the heart of the gospel of Jesus. The whole issue lies, where we start, with the people being made in the image and likeness of God and a recognition of that. However evil, however violent a person is, we have a person here who is nevertheless made in the image and likeness of God and a recognition of that.
We have thousands of years of believing that somehow we cleanse the world by killing evil people and that completely is an illusion. In fact every violent situation has the opportunity of redemption. Ian, Scotland: Jesus would have us live against the grain of our culture in terms of the dominant values and especially in material things. We our little Christian community have economic discipline to give some of our money away. Eleanor, England: The way that we worship shapes our peoplehood.
How do we evaluate our worship? Many people will say, well, I felt really good today. Or the singing was wonderful. And people are evaluating the worship in these individual terms.
Are we a more merciful people, are we a peacemaking people? Is the way of Jesus really printed on our foreheads or is it showing in the way that we live together? Juliet, England: Jesus is really important. We are trying to live our lives based on his values. The way we try and be generous with money, the way we open our homes for people to stay. Tim, England: Knowing Jesus has changed my mind about money.
I now see money as a gift that God gives in order that other people might be resourced. Noel, England: Jesus is angry.
And I think that anger and nonviolence are not opposites. I think God wishes many more of us would be angry. This should be a house of prayer for all nations. Our Sunday School lesson this week is on the Love of God. Again, thank you. May all Praise and glory be unto God in Jesus Christ name. May God continue to bless you and your ministry. It is so hard and I even almost decided to leave Him. But thank God, He never left me nor forsaken me. Now I know the truth that I have been made righteous through faith in Jesus and His finished work!
Thank you for your vulnerability. However, I encourage you to not base His love or your worth on your current life situation. Instead I want you to focus on the cross of Christ and realize, that reveals your worth to God. He gave His holy perfect Son for you. The giving of His Son reveals His love for you. He knows you by name. He knows what you are going through. He understands and tells us to come to Him with our burdens. He will take care of you in every way. My prayers to all who work hard in this ministry are that the Lord continues to pour out blessings upon your lives, and more souls will come to Jesus.
Thank you and God bless you all. I really appreciate this article because one of my struggles is this. At times my thinking towards GOD, my attitude, thoughts, imaginations, make me feel ashamed before God. I really need God to give me the grace to know Him more and to understand Him better. I am praying for that because I am totally confused at times but it is well, thanks so much. This is something we should all be praying for, to know more of Him. He paid for you sins in full so you can know Him. He wants you to be open with Him. He wants you to bring your shame to Him because on the cross Christ took upon your shame.
- Lesson 18: Knowing Christ and Being Like Him (Philippians 3:10-11).
- Jesus Revealed.
- Flathead Fever.
- Colonial Space: Spatiality in the Discourse of German South West Africa 1884-1915 (Studies in Anthropology and History).
- Woman at the Top of the Stairs?
He understands you. I encourage you to get alone with Him daily and ask Him how He feels about you.