Almost every time I read or watch the news, it seems there are new things to strike fear in peoples’ hearts. Simultaneously, the media and the “powers that be” in society love to present images of virtually empty churches; trying to portray the message that obedience to God limits our freedom, that the gospel message of Jesus is obsolete, even irrelevant today. It seems other religions, such as Buddhism, are considered palatable, even noble by the media, but to speak out as say you are a Christian – a follower of Jesus – that’s become a no-no. It’s just not ‘cool’ to talk about Jesus. Christians often hold back for fear of ridicule or anger.
The truth is that the gospel message is as relevant and powerful today as ever. As is our mandate as Jesus’ followers to bring the gospel- the Good News of Christ- to a hurting world.
Those who oppose God’s anointed One, Jesus Christ, are misled into thinking he is a bondage-bringer; that those who love and serve him have lost their freedom. The opposite is true: God is a bondage-breaker and real freedom is found only in bowing the knee to Jesus Christ.
Jesus said it himself: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)
God is on his throne, and always will be. He cannot be shaken, and those who trust in him, and take refuge in him, will not be shaken either.