Run with endurance, the race set before you Hebrews 12:1 There is a race set before us and we are told how to run it. Like any endurance race there will be obstacles and we must run with injuries. Do we have our eyes firmly fixed on the prize?
Can you imagine? He shows up in town, homeless, no car or drivers license, no job, claiming that the only food He needed was spiritual. Even worse than this, He was unclean! He didn’t wash His hands before eating, He violated the Sabbath rules. He was accused of hanging out with drunkards, tax collectors, sinners, thieves, and eating too much. He let a prostitute touch Him, even to wash His feet with her tears and dry them with her hair! Didn’t He know her reputation? She was actually pouring her perfume on His feet!! This homeless man was drawing all sorts of undesirables into the outskirts of town from ‘who knows where’. Do you know that He actually drew 4000 people to a field to hear Him speak for 3 whole days? (Yuk! where did they go to the bathroom anyway?)
We are all born with reservations at The Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20; 20:10-15). We can cancel them anytime. Yet the most certain event in our future is one we try our best to ignore and attempt to relegate to a comfortable distance. We are playing with fire!!
Just as we are free to make reservations at a hotel when we travel or go on vacation, we are free to make reservations for eternity. Listen in as we delve into the Rich Man and Lazarus.
"...having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end." (John 13:1) Jesus Loved Them!? Ha! They were a ragtag bunch of renegades. Loved them to the end. Knowing what they were doing behind His back and what they would be doing, even knowing what was in their heart. Their past, their present, their future! How do we know Jesus loves us?
It Happened.?! Jesus' resurrection is the single greatest hope-giver. Ever! He has power over death. Even more so, He has the gift of eternal life. It is the singularly unique aspect of the claims of Christianity. The evidence of the resurrection of Jesus demands a verdict that it was true. But, imagine being a little closer to the event. Your life would become controlled by it. You would not be able to get it out of your every waking thought. Unless you were a resurrection denier—your only other choice.