Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Words of Comfort: To Find Jesus?

“They found Jesus because it's America -- and what is the dominant religion here in America? Christianity.” Joe Grunwaldt

Actually, Jesus isn’t the One who is lost. We are. The Bible says “The Son of Man came to seek and save that which is lost.” We don’t know our origins, our purpose, or what happens after we die. That’s about as lost as we can get. So, no one “finds” Jesus. He finds us.

I live in America, but I was converted 7,000 miles away down under, in New Zealand.  My native land was founded by missionaries and is commonly referred to by locals as “God’s own” (spelled “Godzone”), because of its natural beauty. I was born in a city called “Christchurch” (named after Jesus Christ), a city which has a church building planted right in the center of its town square. Even though “God Defend New Zealand” is its National Anthem, the country is about as Godless as the United States.

Despite the Godlessness, way back on April 24th, 1972, God sought me out, found me, and saved me from death and a very real Hell. And so I say with John Newton, the ex-slave trader who wrote Amazing Grace, “I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see.”  God is not hindered by location. He will find all who are lost, and call upon His name.

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