Not Just for Those Who Accepted Him

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. -1 John 2:2

Here is a point that is sometimes lost on us. Jesus didn't just die for the sins of those who accept him. He died for the sins of the whole world. Not just for those who love him, but also for those who hate him. Not just for those who walk the narrow road, but also for those who choose their own path.

Let me put it this way, he died for both thieves who were on the crosses besides his. One of them accepted Jesus' word but the other rejected him. But on that cross, Jesus bore the cost of both their sins. Even for those who hate him, for those who reject him, he has still taken on their sins. Knowing they would never accept him, he still chose to carry their sins on that cross.

Does that mean everyone is saved? No.

Like a gift that was bought but never claimed, people who don't accept Jesus as their Savior never get to enjoy their already purchased benefit of eternal life. The saddest tragedy is while many will accept him, many, many more will reject him. There are many walking their own road, never knowing the love of Christ.

What does that mean to you?

If you are someone who does not believe in Jesus, then it means that this "Jesus", whatever stories you have heard about him, this one thing is absolutely true about him. His love for you so exceeded his own need that he instead chose to come to Earth and be the least of people, even to die on a cross along with the "scum" of the Earth. I hope that fact alone makes you curious as to who this guy is and why you should care. Before you make your choice about him, I ask you to read any one of the Four gospels in the Bible (Matthew, Luke, Mark or John). Don't judge him based on second hand stories about him. Find out about him from the same source as everyone else so that you can get the clearest picture of him possible. Then, make your decision.

If you are a believer, then it means love people. Invest in people. Invest in them even if you think there is not going to be a return. See, God gave and, because of his infinite nature, he keeps on giving, not because a return is all he wants but because it is his nature. If we believe in Christ, then we are part takers of this nature and therefore give people all you are.

Give. Give. Give

Give... all of who you are.