In this post (New Creation Christians Should Never Ask What Jesus Would Do) I mentioned that we Christians today should not ask what would Jesus do because that keeps us focused on our mortal bodies and repressing sin. I wanted to spend a few minutes explaining a little more what I mean.
What was/were the main things that Jesus came to do? Well, let me mention the most important first: He came to seek and save the lost, to save all mankind. OK, now with that said, how did He go about doing that? Well, He fought sin, and death, and the Devil. His fight with sin seemed to be primarily against the Jewish religious leaders. He was constantly pointing out their hypocrisy and sin. that did not endear Him to them and led Him actually to the cross. He also fought against death. He didn’t fight dying on the cross, but He fought death and won, for God, and for our benefit. He fought Satan, as well, and conquered Him by paying sin’s debt (by dying a real death so we would no longer die spiritually) and becoming alive once again, rendering death for all no longer a thing to be feared, but welcomed. That people no longer die spiritually and will eventually live with God eternally is quite a feat. Yet in god’s infinite love, showing the power of His love, He resurrected the Son and made an embarrassment out of Satan and gave all mankind what He created them for before the foundation of the world; fellowship with Him.
We no longer need to emulate Christ in these areas because they have been taken care of forever by Christ. Sin is vanquished and no longer the focus of the Christian’s life, Christ is. So if we must cling to the modern abbreviation of WWJD, at least make it mean something true and define it by extending His love to others, not trying to always crucify the flesh (that’s a done deal already!) Death, the penalty for sin, is paid. END OF THE STORY. There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. All those who aren’t, will face a time of painful restoration to Him, but their end is as sure as those who believe in this life! AMEN! Hallelujah! And, maybe best of all because it shows how strong and deep and unfailing God’s love is toward ALL created beings, Satan will one day bow in adoration and praise for the God who will one day redeem even him! Can you think of any greater love than this? Can you imagine a being so powerful in His love that even the tempter will succumb and his heart will be made new again and he will be with us praising the one True God?
If you want to Do as Jesus Did, remember those people He loved and touched in miraculous ways, like the lame, the adulterers, the sick, etc. When you are thinking along those lines you will have very little, if any, time to focus on your stumblings! Christ and the Father’s love to you all!