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Don't Take Jesus for Granted

I think sometimes it's easy to take things we don't see with our eyes for granted. For example, what does a million dollars look like? Few of us have probably seen it, but the image is built up in our heads from movies, pictures, and books we have read of men carrying suitcases full of wads cash banded together. We do this with many other things as well, let the media or our imagination run away with us, and I think no thing, or rather, no one, is more prevalent in this regard than Jesus. We get these images of someone who walked slowly and gracefully, who spoke softly, who was, in all senses of the word, unattainable. Yet we forget that scriptures tell us that he was fully human (2 Corinthians 5:21, John 1:14), that He was also tempted, as we are (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15, Matthew 4:1-11), that Jesus grieved and was stressed (John 11:35, Luke 19:41-44, Luke 22:44), or that he got exhausted, hungry and worn out (Mark 6:31, John 4:6). Why do I say all of this? Because we shouldn't take for granted that Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us. He lived as one of us, suffered as one of us, laughed as one of us, and died as one of us, all FOR us. He lived a perfect life before God, not something unattainable, but our own hard and rebellious hearts make us feel it is an impossible task for us. We either place Jesus out of reach, or bring Him down too low. He is Lord of all, the human as humans were designed to be, who became sin upon that cross so that we may become His righteousness. He is the Lord of heaven and earth, but He is not far away from us. He understands our every thought and knows each of us intimately. Don't take Jesus for granted. Come to Him, if you're weary and heavy burdened. He understands. He will give you rest. 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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