TRUTH: Come Follow Me

Now that big hats, beautiful new dresses, sharpe suits and baskets filled with eggs from the Easter Egg hunt are done, we can discuss and live out the meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter or more appropriately termed Resurrection Day has nothing to do with hats, beautiful dresses, sharpe suits or baskets filled with colorful eggs. Those are practices that detract away from the meaning of Jesus’ Resurrection. Because He arose from the dead, it gives real meaning to TRUTH: Come Follow Me.

For all those who got involved in the celebratory practices, I hold no disdain or condemnation, but what I do hold is the light of the Lord. He could care less about those things. He wants all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Jesus’ resurrection represents His defeat of sin and death. As such, He is able to offer that same victory to those who in TRUTH respond to Come Follow Me.

Like with Easter, we sometimes miss the mark or intention of what God intends. He has a whole an entirely different purpose and perspective in almost all things than we do. Listen to this man’s exchange in Mark 10

17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”

20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

Many of us, like the man in the passage above, want the benefits from Jesus. We want eternal life, but we are unwilling to commit all of us (heart, soul, mind and strength) to Him. It is clear from that and other passages that Jesus requires every part of our being to follow Him. TRUTH: Come Follow Me says I want all of you in exchange for all of me, in exchange for salvation, the redemption of your sins.

Like the rich man in Mark 10, many turn away from Jesus when they realize the TRUTH: Come Follow Me. People are often unwilling to follow Jesus closely which is what He requires. We may follow at a distance or periodically when it is convenient, but Jesus sacrificed His deity, glory, life and so much more for us to have eternal life. He requires a life for a life. When we are unwilling to give our lives to Him, we must realize that He will not give us eternal life. The standard as it is written is the TRUTH: Come Follow Me.

Where are you today? Are you truly pursuing Jesus or is it a casual follow at a distance with periodic attempts to walk in the light of the Lord Jesus? Jesus demands that we give up what we treasure most on this earth for the treasure of Him who is our great reward. To reiterate, Easter is over, but God still says today and everyone hereafter TRUTH: Come Follow Me. That is what God expected us to celebrate yesterday that we have a new life in Jesus that we live daily in love and out of reverence and devotion to Him. Follow Jesus today and every day.


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