Christ is Real
When I got saved I did not know Jesus Christ. The night I got saved, my pastor gave me some excellent advice. He told me to read the gospels – Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John. He explained Jesus was the reason I got saved and I must learn as much as I can from Christ’s teachings.
The beginning was hard. In my mind, Jesus Christ was a distant historical figure. But after months of reading and re-reading the gospels – along with listening to countless sermons – His teachings began to sink in.
And much more. Along the way I stumbled upon a simple truth. Jesus Christ is real.
What does this mean?
I think it means not only reading or listening to His words, worshiping and praising His holy name, or applying His teachings to your life.
It means making Christ come alive in your life. As real as your spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend, family member or next door neighbor. Someone you can touch or embrace, whenever and for whatever reason. Jesus Christ who taps you on your shoulder, whispers in your ear, rubs your head, strokes your hair, kisses your cheek, squeezes your hand, stares into your eyes, pats you on the back, lifts you up and holds you tight. Not a historical figure in your mind but your life-long, closest friend standing inches from you.
I think most Christians in Western countries miss this very important part of Jesus. In other words, the miss the true Christ experience.
Most Western Christians are content to worship, praise, and learn about Christ from afar. Believing that Jesus is in Heaven, not here on earth. They struggle to understand that Christ is with them while they wash dishes, fix vehicles, tap keyboards, serve customers, commute to work, study in class, or sleep at night.
In most poor and impoverished nations, I believe Christians know Christ is right here, all the time. They need a living, breathing, loving Christ in their lives. Why? Because they would die without Him. They need Jesus to tell them where and what to plant, when and how to harvest, when and how the weather will change, where and how to hunt, who to trust, what dangers to watch out for…in other words, how to live and survive day to day where starvation, war, disease, poverty, slavery are all facts of life. Christians in those countries lean on Christ far more than we can ever possibly imagine. For them, Christ is their life preserver as they cling to Him midst the turmoil and terror of their everyday lives.
For those of us surrounded by material wealth and daily comfort, we don’t seem to need Jesus as much. For Christians who have a roof over their head, three meals a day, a steady job, health care, education, public safety, and all the other perks of privilege Christ does not seem that important. At the end of the day when we say our prayers (”Hey, who does that now anyway?”) do we thank Him for getting us through the day and being there so we can live and see the sun rise the next morning?
No, I don’t think so and this is tragic. We miss this golden opportunity to get to know “the real Christ.” Showing how much He loves and takes care of us. Constantly giving us His practical, day to day wisdom, knowledge and advice as we go through our day. Making our lives richer and more fulfilled as we listen and heed His words as true sons and daughters of the King.
To me this is the real Jesus. The living word of God come to life. Alive and real as anyone around us.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. (Revelation 1:17-18)
It’s time to make Christ real in your life. He is there. Standing right beside you as you read these words. I know it and you know it too. Lean on Christ as so many others do around the world. Surrender your stresses, worries, and troubles to Him. Let your eyes see and let your ears hear as Jesus touches your shoulder, leans in and whispers, “Let us begin.”Make Jesus Christ come alive in your life Click To Tweet
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