TRUTH: The Consequences of Jesus


When I was a child, I distinctly remember my mother having a conversation with me about the choices I made. She told me that every decision has consequences. She said those consequences from my choices could either help me or hurt me. That got my attention, because I did not walk around trying to figure out how to hurt myself as there was already enough hurt for me to deal with just living life. I grew to understand that consequences meant the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier. One classic case that my mother and I still discuss 40 plus years later is when I got smart with her one day in September. She told me that I was not going to video game system that I wanted. Months later and long after I had forgotten her comment, I woke up Christmas morning tearing through packages, but my game was not there. The rule in my house was not to awaken my mother on Christmas morn, so I had to wait until she awakened to find out where she had placed it. When I asked her, she told me “You must have thought I was joking (I knew I was in trouble because she did not joke) when I told you I was not going to get that game.” Yes, that is what she said. Despite her being a woman of her word, I just figured that she did not mean it. Wrong. She kept her word, and I learned a great deal about the consequences of my choices. This one hurt me. 

Today, I want to share about the TRUTH: The Consequences of Jesus. Jesus made a choice. He choice to follow the plan that The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit unveiled because of man’s choice to be disobedient. Sin separates man from God (Is. 59:2) and brings about dire consequences. As such, man needed help in overcoming the consequence of sin which ultimately spiritual death i.e. spending eternity separated from God. Romans 6:23 say, “23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Without faith and following Christ, John tells us that wrath of God, the consequence of disobedience to God, remains on man. In a nutshell, the TRUTH: The Consequence of Jesus is man being saved from the consequence of his sin. 

As we continue and conclude in Ephesians 2, we clearly see the TRUTH: The Consequences of Jesus. 

17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Because Jesus came and preached peace, we have access to the Father. We are no longer separated from God through Christ Jesus. Consequently, 

  1. We are no longer foreigners to God.
  2. We are no longer strangers to God.
  3. We are citizens of God’s kingdom.
  4. We are apart of God’s people.
  5. We are members of God’s household – His family.
  6. We have Jesus to serve as our foundation of our lives.
  7. We become a part of His church, the holy temple in the Lord.
  8. We become a dwelling place of God by the Holy Spirit living in us.

The are so many more consequences that we experience as a result of surrendering our lives and following Jesus. In fact, Psalm 40:5 says, “Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” Again, I go back to Romans 6 to highlight the essential consequence of Jesus. Paul said,

16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness….20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Now that is the TRUTH: The Consequences of Jesus. 

 

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