In time for Easter, consider Jesus
By NIKI KLEINSASSER
For The Gazette
Consider Jesus. Hebrews 3:1 says, "Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus." This scripture was originally written to the Jews, but it pertains to us even today.
Consider Jesus. According to J. Vernon McGee, "The Greek word translated by our English word "consider" conveys the fact of faithful attention, giving of time, and perceiving thoroughly with the mind." Consider means to examine, to ponder and to think about, in order to understand or decide.
An apostle is one who is sent on a special mission. Jesus was sent from God as a messenger; but he is also a high priest. The high priest represents man before God. So Jesus was sent by God, and he represents you and me before God. He is our advocate.
With Easter fast approaching, let's consider Jesus. His sole purpose for coming to Earth was to die for you and me so that our sins may be forgiven. He gave his life so that we may live. After three days, he rose from the dead and sits at the right hand of God, the Father, as an advocate for us. He knows what each and every one of us is going through. He was tempted and suffered just as every other man on this planet. The only difference is that he did not sin.
Consider this, the United States of America is flailing at best. The national debt is at an all-time high, unemployment is out of control, the family unit is falling apart, and morals have been thrown out the window. The American government has given protective constitutional status to the murder of several million innocent unborn children. Some states have now legalized same-sex marriages. We are defying God as a nation and as individuals. It is time we get on our knees as a nation and as individuals and ask for forgiveness. It is time we consider Jesus and make a decision for him and for what is right.
I challenge you to consider Jesus this Easter season.
Niki Kleinsasser is a board member of Tree of Life Wesleyan Church in Billings.
Published on Saturday, April 04, 2009.
Last modified on 4/4/2009 at 12:21 am