Saturday, April 07, 2007

Who Is Jesus & What Did He Do?

We had a wonderful Good Friday service at my church. Six people were baptized, committing to follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior for the rest of their lives. We sang songs about the cross and the price Christ paid for the sins of humanity. We celebrated His love and sacrifice for us by receiving the bread and the cup of the Lord’s Supper.

Who is this Jesus and what did He do? A Seattle pastor, Mark Driscoll reminds us of the following—

“Nearly 2,000 years ago a poor, homeless, single man in his early thirties was executed by crucifixion like many other common criminals. He never wrote a book, never traveled more than 200 miles from his home, never held a political office, never married or had children, and never ran a company. His name is Jesus Christ and history is divided into the periods before and after his life. Time magazine named him "Man of the Millennium," and more songs have been sung to, books written about, and artwork painted of Him than anyone who has ever lived. Moreover, a few billion people alive today worship Him as their only God and deeply love Him unlike anyone who has ever lived.

Why? Because Jesus has done what no one else could do: take away their sin by dying on a cross as a substitute in their place. It is the cross of Jesus that is the symbol of the Christian faith and the crux of human history . . . Simply, like I tell my little kids, ‘Jesus died on the cross in your place for your sins to save you from sin, Satan, death, and hell.’”

Tomorrow Christians around the world will celebrate Easter. We’ll celebrate not only what Jesus did but that He’s alive today. We’ll celebrate that we get to “do life” with Jesus everyday. We’ll celebrate that someday He’s coming again, but when He comes again it won’t be as the suffering servant who takes on the sins of the world but rather He will come in all majestic glory as King of kings and Lord of lords.

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