because he is wonderful
but not just that
he is the only answer
because he is
the only way
but not just that
he is wonderful
people sometimes wonder why I keep doing this, why do I blog about Jesus when the world around me would much prefer me to shut up, when the general consensus in western society is: don’t talk about religion,
keep your faith to yourself, whatever rocks your boat it’s fine as long as you let us all carry on believing that anything goes, that there’s no one true way, that there are zillions of ways to heaven or maybe heaven doesn’t exist at all and all that matters is being happy here and now – but if your faith makes you happy then we’re ok with that as long as you don’t try and convince us that your faith is based on something true and real and rock solid and that we might have got it wrong.
why do I keep speaking out despite all this? because I care about you enough to want to warn you of the very serious and real danger you’re in – you’re on your way to hell and Jesus is the only way out. I want you to know that, I want you to grab hold of the lifebelt before it’s too late and you drown.
but is it just because of that? I’ve had people pose this question to me – is this the only reason I follow Jesus? and the answer is no, there’s a lot more. He is my saviour, and that in itself is huge, he is the way to heaven but he is also the way to a taste of heaven here and now. if you wait till your deathbed before turning to him for salvation you will still be saved, but you’ll have missed out on so much in the meantime!
you see, once you put your faith in Jesus and are born again, you become God’s child and you’re never alone again. in all the struggles of life, in all the pain and heartache and difficulties, you can know he is with you. you can turn to the Creator of the Universe with whatever is on your mind, and know that he will hear you and that he cares about what goes on in your life.
will he make everything in your life smooth and wonderful and pain-free? no. will he be with you when you are going through pain and suffering and difficulties? yes, definitely. will he understand how you feel? always. he made you, and not only that, but Jesus went through all of this himself – there’s nothing we suffer that is worse than what he went through, he knows not just physical pain but also the emotional side, he knows what it’s like to be mocked, rejected, humiliated, misunderstood, falsely accused, treated unjustly… this God of whom I speak is not some distant being, remote and unfeeling, unreachable, someone you just hope to maybe please but never really know – no, the God of whom I speak is loving and caring and wanting to communicate with us, he is the one who made human beings in his image and when we sinned, his reaction was still to try and communicate and to call us back from our rebellion. this God who had walked in the garden and talked with Adam (that’s the intimate relationship we lost through that sin, and it’s that intimate relationship we can get back when we turn to Jesus, who is the only way to the Father) – this God, after Adam sinned, was calling him: Adam, where are you? this wasn’t a request for GPS info, we’re talking about the omniscient God, who knows everything. he was inviting Adam to a conversation, giving him a chance to turn back.
I always get tearful when I think about that moment in our history. Such a super sad moment, when our great-great-great-etc-grandfather made that terrible choice, for which the whole world has been paying ever since – the whole world, not just humanity. We’re living in a terribly messed-up world, with so much pain and suffering, and all because Adam and Eve chose to rebel and didn’t turn back.
But God loves us, and he doesn’t want any of us to stay in that horrible state. He is still calling. Where are you?