Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jesus Died to Ransom People from Every Tribe, Language, People, and Nation

One of our interns, Kate Beese, wrote dramatic meditations inspired by John Piper's book "Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came To Die." These meditations were presented in amazing ways by five volunteer leaders at CVC for our Good Friday services. Kate graciously agreed to allow me post her meditations on the blog. This is the fourth in a series of five meditations.


“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).

Jesus died to ransom people from every tribe, language, people, and nation.

Every person on the face of the earth is selfish. Every person who has ever lived has needed help to love God. Every person in this dark and broken world suffers brokenness and darkness.

There are certain things which bond all people together. Things we all have in common. Food, facial expressions, family, love, marriage, compassion, fear. These are the things which bring us together. 

But Jesus. Jesus died to bring us more together. He died for every single person, not just the Jews, not just the Americans. Jesus died to give the whole world access to God. It is something to believe and talk about and tell together. 

God loves that togetherness and He loves people. He loves all of His people and the story of His greatness has spread from the Middle East across the world today. 

Jesus told His followers to tell everyone. Tell their friends, tell their families, tell the whole world. They went and they did and they taught and they told cities and countries and people about God’s love and God’s justice. 

Now it’s our turn. There are four billion people who do not have Christians living among them, who have no example of someone who knows God, no one to tell them that God loves them and wants them. 

If you are a Christian, go show them! Go tell them! They are beautiful and valuable. They sing, and love, and suffer, and sin just like you. They need Jesus just like you.

So tell your friends, tell your families, tell the whole world—just like the apostles did. Because everyone needs to know that they are loved by God.

And one day I will be together in the presence of God Himself with my myriad of brothers and sisters, men from China, women from India, children from Pakistan, every age, every kind of beautiful, every eye, hair, skin color, Afghan, Armenian, Nigerian, Apache, Thai, Spanish, Brazilian—all bringing their faces, their music, and their voices in worship to their God. 

And together we will weep with joy and clap hands and sing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come!”

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