Bought by the Blood

February 13, 2009

The contradiction of Christianity

as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. -2 Corinthians 6:10

The Christian life is in essence a contradiction. There is nothing about it that makes sense if we view it logically. We are not following after a leader who will lead us to earthly wealth and happiness. We are following after a leader who was hated and crucified by His own people. Jesus even gave us the guarantee that since those He came to save hated Him, we can be assured that we will be hated also (John 15:18-24). Our hope is not in this life, but in the life to come. We deny ourselves in this life, so that we can glorified in the next life. The things that the world glories in we count as loss (Philippians 3:7-8). All of our eggs are in one basket and that is Jesus Christ, if He hasn’t been raised from the dead, then all of this is in vain and we are to be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

If Christ is raised from the dead, then in Him we have life to the full because He is the one who defeated the power of death. He is our peace with God because He has made a way for us to be right with God. He has given us immeasurable joy because no earthly trouble can compare to the Heavenly hope we have. Our joy is found in knowing that we are accepted and secure in the One who loved us enough to die for us when we were undeserving. He has given our lives meaning and purpose by taking us from the path of futility that we were on and giving us the privilege of being in union with Him and living lives that matter for eternity. Apart from Jesus nothing else matters and our lives have no point, it is all vanity. Once we are in Christ we are part of God’s mission and live for an honor and glory that is eternal.

As ambassadors of Christ, carrying forth God’s ministry of reconciliation we will face sorrow, but in that sorrow we can rejoice because we know we are only sojourners and our home is a place where there are no more tears and pain. Our hope is not in wealth and riches. Any earthly gain we have we will give it away for the sake of the Kingdom to come. Possessing little that this world considers of value, we have that which surpasses all in worth, redemption and eternal life. With this free gift of salvation we can make many rich by proclaiming the good news. There are people out there dieing, needy and hungry and we have the answer to what their souls desperately yearn for. Physically, we have nothing this world would want, but spiritually we possess everything because our sins are paid for. Oh Lord, open our eyes to see the hurt and pain of those that don’t know you. Give us boldness to preach this message which might be foolishness to the world, but to those you’ve called it is a feast for the starving beggar.


1 Comment »

  1. This is very profound. You have touched me very deeply with your comments and insights. May God continue and forever bless you.

    Comment by Bob Lewis — February 13, 2009 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

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