In an earlier post, I shared how extreme the prerequisites for following the Lord Jesus are.
In His Own words, if you must follow Him, you must:
1. Deny yourself
How many accept God’s word that man is utterly handicapped in himself as regards the Kingdom?
2. Take up your cross
Who seeks admission into the school of further self denial?
3. Hate yourself and loose your life
By yourself, you stand in opposition to Christ, even in your sincerest acts of kindness. You can only produce the works of the flesh at your best.
He calls you to surrender yourself.
The Lord Jesus calls you to loose your life.
But on what grounds does He call for you to leave all, to leave yourself?
Don’t be scared friends. Let us leave the prerequisites for a moment and focus on the Lord Jesus.
The call to follow Christ is given on one basis of the surpassing worth of Christ. All who truly follow the Lord Jesus have personally encountered Him in an unforgettable dimension, at least once, but it never ends at a one time encounter.
In 1 John 1, John wrote that his testimony was based on what his eyes saw, his ears heard and his hands had handled.
Peter confessed how He saw the Glory of Christ on the mountain.
Paul could not recover from his encounter with Christ on his journey to Damascus. He summarized his life’s objective as this: “I want to know Him”.
John the Baptist could not handle the revelation that God gave him of Jesus. The reverence he had for the Lord Jesus was so great, it almost stood in the way of him baptizing the Master. His purpose was: “to reveal Jesus”.
The lives of these men were not free of storms, suffering and persecution. In fact, they received quite a greater ration of pain than most men despite their peaceful lives.
Why didn’t they quit? What was the panacea to the earthly torments they experienced?
The answer: the Glory of the Lord Jesus, His incomparable and captivating Person and His matchless Eternal Desire swept them off their feet and left them on a quest for the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
This experience dear friends is not restricted to only those brethren who have gone before us. The Lord Jesus still radically captivates people today and He wants more.
There is a factor that stands in the way.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ drowns all else in the Light of Jesus, not just because of His Promises, but because of Who He Is.
As Frank Viola has correctly mentioned, that radical, true and Spirit-breathed complete Gospel of Jesus Christ is almost extinct today but it can be recovered.
It is good news that the entire Good News (Gospel) of the Kingdom is here today.
In the following posts, I will attempt to disclose my contact with this Gospel and how you can encounter it too.
In Christ alone,
E. Luminous Aghosa.