“He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” - Acts 1:3
Jesus suffered, died, and rose from the dead - resurrected. Death could not hold him. Then, He lived, conversed, and ate for forty days with the apostles, before ascending into heaven. This historical fact boggles my mind. I am spellbound by His glory and majesty!
Though many Christians would never deny Jesus Christ as the Son of God, it is astonishing for followers of Christ to hold a position of indifference and an unwillingness to give attention and relevance to Jesus in their personal lives, marriage, family, workplace, studies, church, etc.
“God has come into the earth in point of time, to serve the great purposes of salvation that only He could’ve performed at great cost to Himself, that this should obtain such little consideration, or shunted away, or sentimentalized, which is even worse, has got to be the most stupefying factor of mankind.” - Art Katz
Jesus is not only the centerpiece of civilization and all of history, but of our personal lives as well. Jesus deserves our absolute attention and energy to His relevance in ALL aspects of our personal lives and the church. Jesus will be cheapened if personally, and as the church, we have been deceived by moralistic therapeutic deism, a form of belief that is focused more on the charitable and moral side of the Bible – the underlying tenets of religion, rather than the notion that the Universe was created by an all-seeing, all-powerful God, who acted in history through Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, for our salvation and redemption.
Sycomore, it is time. It is time to give Jesus Christ the absolute rightful place - no matter what the cost, no matter how difficult. He is to have the preeminence and supremacy in our personal lives and His church - or we are no church at all.