Not a Fan of Jesus
Being that I live in New England and being that the New England Patriots football team won the Super Bowl on Sunday and being that almost at the end of the third quarter they were down 25 points and being that no one had ever made a comeback to win being so far in the hole and being that the Atlanta Falcons were playing superbly, one would assume I would use that event as the foundation for today’s devotional, drawing the obvious lesson that no matter how big the mountain is before you, you should never ever give up, because miracles can happen and because this paragraph is one sentence with 131 words, I am not going to mention the Super Bowl because you are most likely not a Patriot’s fan.
According to the dictionary a fan is an enthusiastic admirer, an enthusiast, an aficionado, a follower, a devotee or a supporter. I want to say we should be fans of Jesus but there is something about that that seems shallow. Loving Jesus is so much beyond being a fan. Loving Jesus is making a life commitment to service and surrender of self. When Thomas said in John 11, “Let us also go, that we may die with him” he was speaking of something so important and meaningful it was from the core of his being. Blessed is the person who loves something worth more than life itself.
I am not a fan of Jesus Christ because the word fan does not come near doing justice to the depths of love I feel when I contemplate the cross and the hellish experience of what happened to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. To die for Jesus is gain. “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot.