In every journey there is a destination. This is the place you wanted to end up before you started the Journey. The Christian Journey begins with accepting and believing in Jesus, and a willingness to change by agreeing to turn away from sin. The Christian Journey ends with Jesus.
Along the Christian Journey we are both lucky and unlucky to be living in the present day of 2017 AD. Jesus died to wash away our sins and to save us from that sin as a permanent blood sacrifice. In the old testament, continuous blood sacrifices were used to atone for sin. Fortunately for us, Jesus was the only blood sacrifice required to atone for our sins today.
In old testament times, the people were provided signs of God’s great power. Things happened that would be impossible to explain then or in current times, such as the death of firstborns of all Egyptian people and animals in Egypt. This was done because God asked the Pharaoh to release his people, but the Pharaoh resisted.
29 At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
This act is something there could never be a worldly explanation for. There are few illnesses shared between man and animal, and usually its of only one type of animal, at most a few, but this plague killed the firstborn of every Egyptian and every animal. Those who do not believe today would call it impossible and claim it never happened. However, the people who existed at the time experienced it for themselves. This is why the people of Israel were let go. The Egyptian people believed that this plague could have only been inflicted on them by a powerful God and they no longer wanted to feel God’s wrath.
31 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.”
33 The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” 34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. 35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.
We are fortunate not to have been in a situation where we could feel God’s wrath immediately after causing him to be angry with us. We are unfortunate because this would have been an experience that would immediately make God’s existence obvious. I know it seems weird that God would expect us to follow him with uncertainty of his existence, but there is a good reason for it.
The people of the old covenant were provided evidence of God, but they often turned against God. Their hearts and minds were not drawn to God and the reminder of God’s awesome power was not enough for them to commit to him fully.
As part of the new covenant, God has provided us everything we need to believe. Jesus proved it and even though he was a perfect man, he was born of the holy spirit.
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”
As he grew up, he lived life with great wisdom. It is unclear whether the holy spirit imprinted this perfection and wisdom into his very DNA, or if the holy spirit remained inside him after impregnation. This is what is said of his early life:
Luke 2: 40-52
40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[f] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Jesus shows here that he is drawn to God. He went to his father’s house to seek further instruction and knowledge of God’s word. Jesus learned just as all of us learn, and he grew just as all of us grow. Something was put inside Jesus that pulled him toward God, whether the holy spirit or his very DNA, the result is the same. Actively seeking God and searching for the truth and an understanding of the truth is imprinted on our hearts and minds from birth.
31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
32 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband to[d] them,[e]”
declares the Lord.
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
God tells us here that his law and knowledge of God will be written on our very hearts and minds. He shows his unconditional love for all of us by saying he will forgive our wickedness and he will remember our sins no more. He said we will all know him, from the least of us to the greatest of us.
The prophesy of Jesus speaks to there being many spirits inside Jesus.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
Wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of the lord, and the spirit of the Lord. Based on his impact on the teachers in the temple courts, at least wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the lord was inside him from the beginning.
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Jesus fulfilled all righteousness when he was baptized by John. Then he was tested.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Jesus showed us that it is possible to live without sin. Even though he was perfect from the start, the very purpose of his life was to show us how it is done. The very purpose of his death was to give us the gift of salvation. All we have to do is choose to love God, to live as God calls us to live in our hearts and minds and in his word. You don’t need a teacher anymore, you need to listen to God. We all know him, we need to listen.
Our destination is Jesus. The one who lived and died for us. The one who rose from death to be given all authority in Heaven and on Earth. The one who provides us the holy spirit when we choose to believe what is already in our hearts and minds from birth. Jesus is the Lord and Jesus will forgive all who ask for it. Jesus lives on earth inside those who believe. God’s word and his spirit guides us through our Christian Journey.
There are many dangers but keep your eyes and thoughts on Jesus. Don’t be fooled into thinking a church is the way to Jesus. You know the way, because God has written it on our hearts and minds. He has provided us the spirit when we ask him for forgiveness and commit ourselves to him. The church does many good things, but it also does many bad things. Trust what God tells your heart, read God’s word, ask other believers questions, and pray to God for understanding.
The covenant you make at the start of your Journey is not with a church, but with God. Jesus waits for us at the end of the Road, his spirit guides us and talks to us. The spirit shares his love for us and demands we do the same for each other. Jesus stands with his arms open to all of us, and we must choose whether we will embrace him or turn away. Those who embrace our Lord, Jesus Christ, will live forever among God without pain and sin. Those who turn away will cease to exist or reside in a receptacle of the dead (Hades) that is a place void of the presence of God.