Are you good enough for Jesus?

It’s difficult to imagine history without Jesus Christ of Nazareth! H.G Wells, the man who was referred to as ‘the father of science fiction’, found it so hard to imagine history without Jesus that he said: “I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.”

In my home country, South Africa, we cannot imagine history without Nelson Mandela. To many people, Nelson Mandela is the epitome of what makes South Africa. It didn’t take long before the whole world recognised the contribution that Mandela had on history as we know it. The 1st Mandela Day, celebrated in 2009, was meant to give due recognition to Mandela for his 67 years of service to the world, and in turn be ‘a global call to action for people to recognize their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them’. When Nelson Mandela endorses an idea, the whole world listens and takes note.

Do you think you are good enough to invite Nelson Mandela to a private meeting and actually expect him to accept? No chance, as Charlize Theron found out when she promised a lunch date with Nelson Mandela to a charity prize winner. Achmat Dangor, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, replied to Charlize’s gesture by saying: ‘There is a very rigorous process that is followed to secure a meeting with Mr Mandela……’

If you are not good enough to get through the rigorous process needed to secure a meeting with Nelson Mandela, then what are your chances of securing a meeting with Jesus Christ, if He were living today?

Reality is if Jesus was living today, He would go to your home town just so He can meet you. You would think it was a coincidence, but it wouldn’t be because He would have planned it to the last detail. Just like He did with the Samaritan woman, He would be willing to wait for you at the parking pay point of your favourite mall, just so He can have a chat with you. He would overlook the men in your life that you are committing adultery or fornication with, but He would find you worthy to deserve His time and advice. Unlike most of the Christians today, He won’t condemn you to hell, but He’ll say “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (Read the full stories on John 4:1-26, John 8:1-11).

If you had accumulated your wealth improperly like Zacchaeus did, and you had the worst public image anybody can have, then you would not have to worry because Jesus would tell you in front of everyone that ‘I must stay at your house today’. Of course people would complain about Jesus and say “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner’ “, but Jesus would still prefer spending the night at your house than in a presidential suite of the best 5-star hotel in the world. Don’t be concerned if your friends are also shady people, as that Levi dude friends were. Jesus would still have dinner at your house, and He will ask you to call all your shady friends so they can join Him as well. Would Jesus really have dinner with one of Italy’s most fearsome Mafia family of the mid 20th century? Yes He would, because “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick…..”. (Read the full stories on Luke 19:1-10 and Mark 2:13-17).

Reality is Jesus wouldn’t look down on you because of what you have done, or how you are perceived by people. He would consider you precious enough to deserve His attention and mercy, regardless of your wealth or poverty. To Jesus you wouldn’t even have to be Christian before He could visit you. You could be atheist and He would still have dinner with you in your home.

Napoleon Bonaparte was so amazed at Jesus that he said: “Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires.  But on what did we rest the creations of our genius?  Upon force.  Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.” 

Napoleon was right, Jesus stood for love above anything else, and if He were living today then He’ll display the best form of love that we have ever seen. His love is deep enough to make you worthy of His forgiveness. Regardless of what you have done, or how you have insulted Him, Jesus would still be prepared to give you chance after chance. Unlike people who specialises in second chances, Jesus specialises in infinite chances. You can never run out of chances that Jesus is willing to offer you. You can never do anything to make Jesus reject you; He would always accept you as you are. Jesus doesn’t expect you to change before you come to Him, He expect you to come to Him just as you are. He doesn’t expect you to convert to Christianity from atheism before you to come to Him; He wants you with that atheistic mind.

Only Jesus is able to change any person’s life, that’s why He doesn’t need you to do it on His behalf.

Through prayer, tell Jesus that you are prepared to come to Him.

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1 Comment »

  1. millyonair said

    Lots of really excellent points. I especially enjoyed the story about Chalize Theron and Nelson Mandela. And the quote from Napoleon.

    Cheers!

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