Thursday, June 2, 2016

"Accept" Jesus

Definition of THEANTHROPOS:
a man incarnating or believed to incarnate God or a god :  god-man
Someone, today, asked a group of us (through Facebook) if we "accept" Jesus....
Like we are in a high enough position to accept Him. Jesus, the God-man (theanthropos) who left the splendor of heaven, fellowship with the Father and Holy Spirit to come here as a human baby (diapers and all I suspect) to grow up PERFECT. And then do the unthinkable - go to a cross and be crucified after suffering a horrible beating and flogging and mocking... WHY? Because you have chosen to sin. Because I have chosen to break God's heart.
Jesus paid a price I could not pay. Jesus, being perfect and God, paid the price for you, that you could not pay nor could I pay it for you.
Our Jesus is the One of creation, who spoke worlds into being. And people seriously ask if we "accept" Jesus. Not just on Facebook either but at altar calls - sorry but I CRINGE.
What should we do? We should be falling at the foot of that cruel instrument of torture, the cross. We should be repenting - turning away from our sin and SO grateful that God, the only Son, said yes. That God, consented to come and become a human so He could experience things that we do on a daily basis...

2 Corinthians 5:20-21New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
I see myself weeping and reaching out to touch the hem of His garment.... and He lifts me, hugs me and asks me to run with Him in a meadow of flowers...
Jesus, who DIED to set you FREE. Jesus, who was tortured to pay the price for me to be covered over with His robe of righteousness because mine is filthy rags.
I am no longer able to be quiet when someone asks me "do YOU accept Jesus?"
Oh, my Lord and savior, Him who liberated me.... I do not know how to begin to express how thankful I am that You, that You accepted .....me.
PS to whomever "shared" that post today - this question has been grieving me for a long, long time. I realize it is a very commonly asked one in various Christian circles - I am not upset with you at all - thanking you for, once again, bringing this to my attention so I finally sat and wrote this long overdue piece. Does anyone else relate to what I am trying to say here? Or am I simply being "weird"?
(C) Marijo Phelps all rights reserved.  May repost giving proper credit to author.

 

2 comments:

Wanda said...

Hi Marijo, I can certainly see this accept Jesus from two different angles. One being that He is a wonderful gift made available to us but just like any package, it's up to us to choose to receive it. I also understand your point in how are we humans, who dependent on God for everything really be in a position to accept. Much for food for thought.

Marijo (Mary Jo) Phelps said...

Hi Wanda - I really appreciate your taking time to comment - sometimes a body can post and post away not getting much feedback and people's responses are always so helpful!! Appreciate you! Marijo