We have just finished celebrating another Easter season. It’s a great time to remember all Jesus did for us by dying on the cross. However, I imagine during the crucifixion, God’s heart was breaking. The hatred on the people’s faces must have tormented Him. And if that wasn’t bad enough, how about when the religious leaders said, “We have no king but Cesar,” as told to us in John 19:15. In essence, they denied God. What a slap in the face.
There are people who will claim to not ever be able to harm Jesus like that. Yet, we do it daily. We deny God when we don’t follow His laws. We break His heart when we live like Jesus never existed. Judas, Pontius Pilate, and the religious leaders killed an innocent man for money, power, and pride.
And it continues today.
We live like Judas, betraying Jesus for a few coins, allowing our greed and what we want to come ahead of God. Other times, we’re like Pontius Pilate who let his fear of losing his position in Rome dictate what he should do. Then there are the times when we are like the religious leaders who allowed pride to condemn an innocent man. They denied God with their words and their actions.
We have all acted the same. We’ve allowed greed, pride, or fear of losing something to determine movements that turned us away from Jesus. Yet, today, we know He spilled His blood so we would be forgiven.
The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable. – Brennan Manning
We can’t expect others to believe in Jesus when we, as Christians, only believe in Him during a holiday season or when it’s convenient for us. We not only break God’s heart by not behaving as He would like, but we turn people from God.
It’s time to change and look at others instead of our own wants. Show the world your faith, not your hypocrisy. As Christians, we should do everything with God in mind. And then, for at least a moment, we, His children, would not leave Him with a broken heart.
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