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First-time blogger here, so is nice!  As we get this blog started, our student ministry is going through the book Jesus>Religion by Jefferson Bethke.  If you have not read this book, I would encourage you to pick it up and dive in. With that said, much of the content I’ll be expressing will pertain to what God is showing us as we move through this study.

Depending on different variables and life experiences, the term “Jesus is a greater than religion” can hit you a few different ways.  The millennial crowd says, “Great because we are so done with the man-made church stuff.” On the other hand, those that are older in age and the Faith, may get a sour look on their face due to the sacrilegious tone of the statement.  In my opinion, we have created both responses.

If you are non-believer I want you to ask yourself one question, “What if life with Jesus is better than you thought?”  Many veterans of the faith will scream a resounding ‘Yes’ to this question.  The problem I see happening is between answering yes to this question and our actions displayed daily.  They don’t seem to match up.  Many times this is due to a lack of focus on the person of Jesus Christ and not walking day-in and day-out with a Christ-centered commitment. 

First thing to remember is:

It’s not about us coming to Jesus.  It’s about Jesus coming to us.  Yes, He first loved us!  He is the main thing in this whole scenario called life.  Without Him there is no way.  On the other side, do we have a part to play?  For sure, it is defined in Scripture in Romans 10:9; “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Wrapping it Up

First and foremost we must focus in on the person of Jesus Christ and the example that He walked out here on earth.  He is the center!

Second, we have to remember that the Bible is not filled with squeaky-clean, picture-perfect stories. Most of our heroes in the faith were not that perfect.  They failed in areas of rebellion, doubt, adultery and other struggles.  But that’s also what is so significant and encouraging about the Bible.  It’s an awesome narrative of God’s grace.  It’s a love story and an epic battle.  Jesus is the Hero.  Not us.


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