Why Should I Love Jesus Christ?

What did Christ really do for us?

1.) He left heaven and came to earth

In heaven, hundreds of thousands of angels worshiped Jesus. He stood among them in complete and glorious splendor. But even more wonderful than all of that, He lived with the Father Himself; He saw, walked, and talked with the Creator, the Perfectly Good One. He had everything He needed in heaven, yet He left it for not a day, not a few months, but thirty-three years.

Not only did He leave this wonderful home with the Father, He traded it for a horrendous one; one where corruption, hate, murder, adultery, paganism, idolatry, and violence ran rampant. A home where from birth, His life would be hunted. He dwelt among the poor and lived as though He was poor—for us.

2.) He loved us

Jesus laid hands on the untouchables and outcasts; lepers, the blind, the lame, adulteresses, tax collectors, and He healed them.

He taught us what following God really looks like. He revealed to us the very character, the very heart of God. Instead of demanding to be served, He served and gave up His life—for us.

3.) He suffered the reproach of the cross

Christ was fully aware that He would be beaten, ridiculed, rejected, arrested, and eventually crucified yet He did not forsake God’s plan, but embraced it—for us.

4.) He defeated sin and death

Not only did Jesus make a way for forgiveness through His perfect life and sacrifice, opening the gates of heaven for all who wish to enter through Him, but He also conquered sin and death—the very power of Satan that kept the human race bound since the days of Adam and Eve. Before Christ died, we were helpless to sin’s control over our life, and victims of mortality. But through His willing sacrifice and resurrection from the grave, Christ frees all those who trust in Him from the devil’s works. Jesus brought deliverance, both now and eternally—for us.

5.) He gives us everything we need in the midst of this dark world

Peace:

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ NKJV)

Joy:

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭11‬ NKJV)

Hope:

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast … (Hebrews‬ ‭6‬:‭19‬ NKJV)

Companionship:

I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭20‬ NKJV)

6.) He rewards us

As if all the fore-mentioned wasn’t enough, Jesus offers us heavenly rewards, gifts that never perish, treasures that never rust. He promises a crown, the right to drink from living waters in heaven, and healing fruit to eat; gates of pearls, and streets of gold to walk upon.

There’s so much Jesus Christ has done for us. Do we love Him with all our heart? Are we thankful to Him every day? Do we really understand how worthy He is, and thus live for His glory?

May you and I both grasp the depth of Christ’s love and how worthy He is of our complete devotion. This is what life is about for the Christian—loving Christ for who He is and what He’s done.

Why Christianity Is Our Only Hope For True Peace

None will harm or destroy another on My entire holy mountain, for the land will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the sea is filled with water. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭11‬:‭9‬ HCSB)

All the chaos, murder, hatred, slavery, racism, rape, and violence in the world can be attributed to this one fact: a lack of knowledge of the One True God: The God and Father of Jesus Christ the Lord, who Himself is God in the flesh. When people do not know Him intimately, meaning, they do not follow Him as Master of their life, they are a slave to their own desires. And those desires are always rooted in evil; greed, lust, fame, hate, selfishness. When a person has yet to recognize they have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God by lying, stealing, hating, lusting, envying, using His name in place of a cuss word (blaspheming), and thus, do not recognize their great need for forgiveness and salvation from themselves, for God promises to judge all for their works; and when they fail to realize forgiveness is found alone in the Perfect Person, God Himself in the flesh, Jesus Christ, who never sinned and therefore never fell short of God’s glory, by their ignorance or willful disobedience, they reject Christ’s perfect sacrifice of Himself on a cross and they continue living out their destructive desires.

Christ came into the world to save sinners. What that means is, He lived perfectly, never once offending or rebelling against God, and then died on the cross in our place (the bible says God’s wrath for mankind was poured out on His Son on that wooden stake). Christ then rose from the dead three days later to prove He has power over death and can thus offer everyone who trusts/follows Him eternal life and forgiveness. But that’s not all Christ’s death accomplished. After He died and rose, He sent His own Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of those who trust in Him, that they may become transformed children of God who are no longer slaves to their old sinful nature, but are now able by the power of the Holy Spirit to live godly and honorable lives before God, a life fully pleasing to Him that impacts others to give their life to God, and a life that is able to experience and share God’s incredible love to all who need it and want it.

Their mission is no longer to receive attention and affection from a guy, to be wanted by many, because they know Christ, the greatest being of all wants them and died for them.

They no longer live to become rich, because their life is now enriched with love, hope, peace, compassion, and the power to save souls through Christ’s gospel (literally). And they know this earthly life is temporary, but they have an eternal life where streets of gold, and a crown awaits them.

They don’t live to be smarter than the next guy, because they’ve now obtained the knowledge and understanding of God and there is no higher form of perception. They are mind-blown and continue to be as they grow in their knowledge of Christ and His love and the true purpose of human existence.

They no longer believe they’re more superior than another human being because their skin color is lighter, because they know we all came from the same two humans and more importantly, we’re all created in the image of God Himself and He knew us all before we were born and had His Son die for the whole world, not just a certain ethnicity.

This is what the True God does in the hearts of those who know Him. And if everyone laid down their foolish pride that is leading them to destruction and the destruction of others either physically, mentally or emotionally (or all three), and surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord, then and only then will true peace reign, and love saturate the earth.

But as it is written, not everyone will surrender to Christ. They will believe they know better than the God who made them, and thus continue following their own ways, hurting themselves and others. In the end, they will be destroyed by eternal fire for God offered them a clear path to forgiveness in a radical display of love and sacrifice yet they persisted in rejecting it. They seal their own fate and as they go down, they drag many with them.

Then after they stand in defiance to Christ one last time, only to fall to Him, this earth will be made new. All those who loved their wickedness will be cast away, and all those who loved/obeyed Christ and thus truly loved others will reign with Him in this new gorgeous city, the New Jerusalem, where streets are paved of gold, gates are hewn of pearl, walls are embedded with several precious stones, and all pain and death is done with.

That’s the peaceful city I look forward to and it will inevitably come. And as bible prophecies rapidly unfold, the Day draws all the nearer. I believe my generation and the next will be alive to see it.

So, I leave you with this: the bible says there’s no middle ground, you are either sons of Satan or sons of God. Whose side are you on?

I’m A Christian, But I Leave My Christianity At Church

Dare I take this election lightly. Would I lodge this High Calling beneath my bed like a box of old goods, never to be utilized again?

But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 ERV)

How can I so spit upon the loving mercy and lavish grace of my Lord, whose greatest desire is to conform me to the image of His Son? How can I selfishly resist this transforming process from glory to glory, and refuse to share His love and grace with others?

Do I seize His forgiveness and—like Smeagol and the ring of power—horde this precious gift for my self and never share it? Or is this the second greatest call of my election—to preach the gospel?

Our King treaded the earth, likely with blistering feet, many times hungry and in great thirst so that the gospel of His saving grace may be made known to those in darkness. Every day He answered that call, and out of His mouth came the very words, “For this is why I have come.”

If this relentless preacher of the gospel so lives in us, how can we lack zeal? How can we be bound by fear? How can we bite our tongues?

It is sin.

O, how I pray that whatever darkness is keeping us from passionately proclaiming the truth of our precious Savior is forsaken, is thrown out like the blackened water it is! May the poison of sin be extracted from our hearts that it may no longer pollute the holy blood that has previously cleansed us.

Beloved, you know what sin you hold in your right hand, and I beg of you to release it. Then you will be strengthened from on High, revived by the flames of Love Himself, that you may go out and be a blazing beacon of the very Truth that has set you free. If you are in Christ yet enslaved to sin, it is only because you are choosing to be. And if you love your sin more than you love our Savior, is His Holy Spirit truly still in you?

If you love sin, how can He who hates it truly dwell in you?

Repent and be renewed as King David was resurrected from the death His sin brought upon him. Turn aside from your sin and cry out to Jesus. He will deliver all who call on His name. And you will walk in the greatest callings: conformity to Jesus Christ, and bringing the good news of salvation to others; becoming holy and worthy of the call, and rescuing souls from eternal darkness. There is no greater cause than these.

May you be made whole, and may we meet in the new city of our King in the next life.

Much love,

Natasha

To my beloved brethren

To my brothers and sisters, saints in Christ Jesus, who have crucified their desires to His cross, and have been sanctified by the power of His Holy Spirit:

I am thankful beyond measure that God has so blessed and graced me with you all. When we fellowship, I experience love that goes far deeper than that of solely blood. You guys are truly family, and when I’m with you, it’s hard to leave. We talk until the late hour about the goodness of our Lord, and I promise I could live with you guys, all of you, under one roof, and not get frustrated by any of you. I love you all so much. You’re an inspiration, a burning light of encouragement that ignites and fuels me to press all the more into the intimate knowledge of our Savior and Lord. I cannot wait, Lord willing He finds me faithful until that day, to spend all eternity with you and our Savior. Your words of truth, words of genuine encouragement and power, always strengthen me. I experience with you all what Paul describes:

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”(Ephesians 4:11-16 ESV)

Thank you for your faithfulness to our King, and for building me up in love. I truly love you guys. Grace be with you always.