Lent day 40 reflection – 28 March 2021

by Donn D’souza

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself. —John 12:32

Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but major major heart surgery.

When you find yourself face to face with a person who is spiritually lost, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the cross. If that person can get to God in any other way, then the Cross of Christ is unnecessary.

If we think we are helping lost people with our sympathy and understanding, we are traitors to Jesus. We must have a right-standing, personal relationship with Him, and pour our lives in helping others in His way— not in a human way that ignores God.

The theme of the world’s religion today is to serve in a pleasant, non-confrontational manner. But our only priority must be to present Jesus Christ crucified— to lift Him up all the time (1 Corinthians 2:2). Every belief that is not firmly rooted in the Cross of Christ will lead people astray.

If we believe in Jesus and we trust in the reality of His redemption, His words will be compelling to others. What is extremely important is for our simple relationship with Jesus to be strong and growing.

Our calling is to expose sin and to reveal Jesus Christ as Saviour. Consequently, He cannot always be nice and friendly, but must be willing to be stern to accomplish major surgery. We are sent by God to lift up Jesus Christ, not to give wonderfully beautiful speeches. We must be willing to examine others as deeply as God has examined us. We must also be sharply intent on sensing those Scripture passages that will drive the truth home, and then not be afraid to apply them.

Have a blessed and Jesus-filled day!

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