Jesus Changes Everything!

Jesus Changes everything

Jesus Changes Everything!

Posted by: Miki Earle
Sermon Text: Acts 14:1-15:35

 
This changes everything! 
Have you ever experienced the emotion of this declaration? Ever had a situation where one new fact or detail completely changed a circumstance that you thought you understood completely? It was hard, at first, to wrap your mind around the new reality, wasn't it?. 
This is what so many of the Jews in the early church were wrestling with. They had turned to follow Christ but so many of their old traditions and patterns still held them captive. They had not yet grasped the breadth of the freedom Jesus had brought to them through his sacrifice. It was still easier to know who they were from their old identity. They had not fully grasped that Jesus had changed everything.

We too can be caught in old patterns of belief and behaviors. Sometimes it is so much easier to hold to a righteousness defined by what we do or do not do. Or it can be less disruptive to hold to an old life style that we have not yet submitted to the Lordship of Jesus. But Jesus changes everything. 

My rules and standards fail before his righteousness, the one Paul describes in Colossians as the one who all things were made through and for, the one in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. It’s impossible to measure that in our minds.  But we are learning through the moving of the Holy Spirit among us that we are indeed free. And this revelation draws us to His righteousness. No longer do I need to draw my identity from the world around me or from what I can do for myself, through my own strength.  Jesus, our King, has set us free. This changes everything! Jesus changes everything!
Scripture Meditations for this week:
Tuesday: Colossians 1:15-23
Wednesday: Galatians 5:1
Thursday: Philippians 2:5-8
Friday: Romans 6:22
Want to grow more? Check out the additional resources below:
  • “Crazy Love” by Francis Can
  • “Renew” By: Julie Winter
  • “The Sacred Romance” by John Eldredge