Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, the long-awaited King. They tried to redefine him, but he wouldn’t have that, so they killed him. But then God overturned their verdict with his own, the resurrection, declaring Jesus to be both Lord and Messiah. And now, like those whose opinion was overruled, we have to choose: Is Jesus who he says he is, or is he who we say he is?
The Jews’ problem, Paul says, is not that they lack zeal for God. Paul says the problem is that their zeal, admirable as it is, is not pursued with an accurate knowledge about God because your zeal for God is only valuable if it is attached to the right truths about God.
Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim the English Channel, decided in 1952 that she wanted to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast, about 26 miles. No woman had ever done that before.
Don’t ever take vengeance—not against your spouse who was insensitive and uncaring after you’d had a hard day. Not against your sister who borrowed your favorite pair of jeans again without asking. Not against that guy at work who spread untrue gossip about you. Not against the parent who has disrespected you again or the child that has made your life unfairly hard. Not even against that person that committed a crime against you.
Every year, thousands of young people with special needs have a “Night to Shine,” where they dress up, have their hair done and shoes shined, walk the red carpet, and dance with their friends. This beautiful event is one of the best ways I’ve ever heard of allowing the church to shine as they show honor to people because of how God made them and sees them. This is what should define Jesus’ church today.
One of the most common objections to evangelical Christianity today is the question of why a “good God” wouldn’t just save everybody. If God was truly loving, why would he let anyone perish?