Sunday, August 06, 2006

You know, God provides just what we need.

After the lesson He taught me the other night, today's message at church was - Just believe.

Mark 6:1-6

The passage was talking about how in his hometown of Nazareth the people had preconceived notions of who Jesus was (and referring to Jesus as Mary's son is a HUGE insult - in that time period a man would be referred to as his father's son - in this case his earthly father Joseph not as his mother's son - it's insinuating something tawdry about the circumstances of his conception and birth). Those notions of who they THOUGHT Jesus was prevented them from seeing the Truth of who he was.

Pastor went on to talk about how our preconceived notions of how Jesus and God are may sometimes keep us from a closer relationship with God. Or how those thoughts may keep us from asking questions --- "Oh those Christians, they have all these rules. Those Jesus freaks - they don't know how to have fun. Ugh, they think they are SO perfect" I am so FAR from perfect it's not funny. We all are.

We are to THROW AWAY our preconceived notions of who Jesus is and what "being a Christian" is. And JUST BELIEVE that Jesus died for our sin, and that when we accept God in our lives he will never turn from us.

Simple -- and yet so hard for so many of us. Yet, I BELIEVE.

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