Last week, my Sunday post was on Holy Spirit and how He is a person who was sent to guide and help us in our journey here on earth. This Sunday, I am focusing on Jesus, the Son, and one of His characteristics that I wish I possessed.
Jesus is part of the Holy Trinity, the Son of God, and He was sent to earth to show us how we should live our lives. I love reading the Bible, and there is so much knowledge to be gathered there. Each time you read a passage, you can get new knowledge or get a new revelation that you hadn’t considered before.
My sister and I were just talking about this subject, and she said that she had read a certain verse for years and had always thought it meant one thing. However, when she read the verse that day, she did a little research and realized she’d had it all wrong.
45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
How do you interrupt this verse? My sister said that she had focused on rain as being something bad. So, to her, the verse meant that those who were believers would have trials and tribulations just like sinners. To her, rain meant that she couldn’t go and play tennis. Rain brought about mud and floods, and they were a nuisance. I think this attitude probably stems from the song we sang as children; “Rain, Rain, go away. Come again another day. All the family wants to play. Rain, rain, go away.”
But, Holy Spirit whispered to her recently that rain was a good thing. Then, the verse took on a whole different meaning. God, in His love and mercy, gives good things to believers AND to sinners. Rain is our source of water, which we all need to survive. We couldn’t take baths without water, and we ALL are appreciative when people bathe. Rain nourishes crops, which is our source of food. Those living in parts of the country with droughts can attest to how wonderful it is when they see rain starting to fall.
God gives good things to the just and the unjust. So many of us have grown up with the actions-equals-rewards mentality that this verse doesn’t make sense to us. If you make a good grade in school, you might get a reward from your parents. When you were in pre-school, the teachers had a “prize” box filled with little dime-store trinkets that you could pick from each day if you behaved.
We understand that if you steal something from a store, you go to jail. This is the type of logic that we can understand. However, when we work hard to earn a reward and see siblings who didn’t do any work also get a treat, we are angry. It isn’t fair; they didn’t do anything to earn the reward.
If we back up a few verses, then this is where we see the beautiful character of Jesus shining like a bright light.
Matthew 5: 43-44
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He taught us to love our neighbor as ourselves. He not only told us, but He showed us that we are to love everyone. Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him, and yet He loved Him anyway. Jesus didn’t just heal those He knew and loved; He healed those who were sinners. There was only one person to walk this earth that was without sin, and that was Jesus. So, every person He healed or came in contact with was a sinner.
Jesus showed His love for everyone, the just and the unjust, by sacrificing His life on the cross. His blood was not shed only for those who were believers; there was plenty of bloodshed for the unjust as well. Was it fair? No, it wasn’t fair that Jesus died a cruel death for us since none of us were deserving of His sacrifice. It was only LOVE that kept Him on the cross.
We can’t earn a reward that has already been given, and that is Jesus’ love. You may not think that it is fair that Jesus loves a murderer as much as He loves you, but He does. While I may not totally understand “how” to love everyone, even those who get on my last nerve, I am so thankful that Jesus does. His love is undeserved, yet He gives it to us. With His example, perhaps I can try to give my blessings to the just and the unjust. Will you join me in trying?
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!