When the disciples of John came to Jesus they asked him a very simple question.
“Are you, He who is to come, and if not we will seek for another.”
Jesus Christ’s response (Matthew 11:4-6) was not with a yes or no, but in a demonstration of evidence that would show forth who he was. He explained that which was spoken is now being demonstrated.
Forget what you’ve heard. The message that so many love to preach means nothing if it isn’t confirmed with signs, wonders, brotherly love, community revitalization, education, and hope. Without these things we are doing nothing. The bible is clear that Jesus preached the gospel and educated the lost so why are we so far removed?(Matthew 7:29 )
It should be our aim to convince people of the truth of the gospel; God sees who we really are.
The fact of the matter is this, it was Christ who died for all. Therefore, all have died. He died for us so that we will all live. Not to live for ourselves, but for He who died and rose from the dead.
The actions of Jesus Christ has given us a new perspective. We used to show regard for people based on worldly standards and interests but no longer.
Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, Jesus Christ, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun!
All of this is a gift from our Creator God, who has pursued us and brought us into a restored and healthy relationship with Him through Jesus the Anointed. And He has given us the same mission, the ministry of reconciliation, to bring others back to Him.
It is central to our good news that we understand that God utilized the Anointed One as a sign that He wished to make things right between Himself and the world. This means that He does not hold our sins against us.
But it also means that He charges us to proclaim the message that healed and restored our broken relationships with God and each other.
We talk about our urban communities having so many liquor stores but the fact is there are just as many churches. Have we forgotten what we were brought out of that same lifestyle? We, the church, are called out to go (see: Matthew 28:19-20).
We’ve got more revivals and church anniversaries than anything, but no evangelistic services or outreach (see: 1 Peter 4:18).
Judgement will begin in the house of the lord! When did the church separate itself from the community? What would Jesus do? Would he be making leather straps to enter our churches and beat us out of them (see: Mark 11:5-1)?
Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (see: Eph 5:25-27).
The stain that’s on the church is self-inflicted. No souls left behind, Matthew, Mark ,Luke, and John are filled with Christ’s demonstrations of revitalization and educational advancement of community hope. Its time to abandon a religious agenda and advance the kingdom agenda.
WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?