Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Terminators for Jesus

"I'll be back."

Ahnold said that and we, the audience, erupted in laughter. We knew what was about to happen to the hapless desk sergeant busy filling out paperwork.

We were also glad he became the hero in the sequels. I don't know what everyone's problem is, but Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines rocked, IMNSHO.

When I am teaching in the jail, I remind the men that being a Christian does not mean being a doormat. When Jesus said, "Turn the other cheek," He meant letting the blow run off of your face. In other words, be a Terminator of truth and goodness. Don't let what some fool does or says ruin your day. God will judge. Trust that.

And Jesus we are told, trusted His Father as the Righteous Judge, even so far as letting Himself be killed by unrighteous men. Wow. God's raising Him from the dead was His holy justification of the sinlessness of Christ. Seriously. In other words, Jesus had no sin - and sin brings death, right, according to the Bible? So if you kill a man who had no sin - what happens?

God fixes it. And uses it to justify any one who puts their faith in Him.

I usually don't dash right into theology, but recently I've had hours of physical, mental and spiritual warfare and I'm here to tell you, dear reader - if you have accepted Jesus as the ONLY payment and trust Him to have earned your place in heaven, you can calm down.

Nothing should ever bother you again.

Strange how few Christ-followers think that. They act like God can't do it without them.

Bwahahahahahahahaha! *snort*

Oh - I hope so! I really do! Did you know Muslims are coming to Christ by direct revelation? True. Go read about it here - he is called "The Man in White" - Isa al Masih.)

Yeah. Jesus - he's sort of hard to stop, ain't he?

So every time you see a hero rise up from the dead in a movie, whether Lord of the Rings or The Bourne Identity or E.T. or Highlander, keep in mind this:

Anyone who can do that is unstoppable.

There's a reason people don't want to become Christians. It has nothing to do with reason or logic or politics.

Its that Jesus Christ scares the Hell out of people. Literally, I mean.

"What do you want with us?! We know who you are, son of God!"

The demons were terrified of Him.

"Who is this man, that even the wind and the waves obey him?!"

The disciples were terrified of Him.

"Have nothing to do with that righteous man - I suffered terribly in a dream today because of him!"

Even Pontius Pilate's wife - the original "desperate housewife" - was afraid of Him.

And Christians - they invite Him into their very heart. They want Him to live inside of them!

'Cause they know that they may lose a battle, but they have already won the war. They are unstoppable in love and good deeds, 'cause they have a new Lord running their lives.

"Though a righteous man may fall seven times, the Lord will raise him up."

I like that. I like the idea of being a Terminator for Jesus.

"I'll be back."

Amen, Ahnold. Amen.

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