Jesus was never all about you.

proud_21072161Today I’m pondering the humanistic nature of… well… humans. We seem to believe that the whole universe revolves around us, which is, of course forgivable if you take God out of the equation. What bothers me though, is how much we still seem to believe it, even with God in the equation.

 As we approach Christmas, we do take the time to focus on the birth of Jesus, but I’ve been wondering – why do we think that Jesus came?

He came to redeem us (of course); because he loves us (He does)… but was it really all about us?

I think too often we think it was and we reflect that in the way that we attempt to emulate Him. Our mission on earth, in an attempt to reflect His, often becomes very human focused.

I’m convinced that Jesus was never all about us. He was all about His Father. His entire purpose on earth was to do the will of His Father; to serve and glorify Him, even to the point of death. The amazing thing about this was that it was the will of the Father that we should be saved; that Jesus should serve us and suffer and die for us.

As we aim to follow Christ, I think it is important that we follow him in this; that we realize that Jesus was all about glorifying the Father, and that his focus on humanity was a glorious byproduct of that.

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5 Quotes of Jesus that you’ll never hear from a ‘nominal Christian.’

Jesus_Stained_GlassThere are few things that anger me more than people who claim to be followers of Jesus, but whose lives misrepresent him, and whose mouths misquote him. How often have you heard someone say that they “don’t really go for all that ‘Christian’ stuff,” but they “do believe in Jesus and His teachings; you know, like love and tolerance and ‘do unto others as you would have them do to you.’”

Anyone who claims allegiance to this man, has a responsibility to know what He says.  Jesus IS the world’s greatest champion for love and grace and mercy, but he also said a lot of other things that people seem to forget:

Mark 8:34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Matthew 22:37-38 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”

Matthew 10:37 “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”