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Following Jesus -Introduction part 2

April 5, 2015

What does it mean to follow Jesus? I have a simplistic idea. I must know God. the Father to know the son. Then I must know myself. What do I want? How can I get it?

In the beginning God created the earth, and he placed Adam and Eve in a garden here. They were instructed to take care of the garden and enjoy the fruits of their work, but, God warned them not to eat the fruit from a certain tree. A snake got into the garden and convinced them to eat the forbidden fruit. Instantly they were ashamed and hid from God. God cast them from the garden, but forgave them. Oh, they had trouble! He gave them sons, but one son killed the other and was banished. He gave them another son, Seth, who began the line of Jesus. To this day people, you and I, are tempted by that snake, in opposition to God.

In the Old Testament we see God wanting his people to abandon the old customs and to trust Him, the originator of life. He separated Abraham from the others and gave him a son, Isaac, and guidelines for worshiping Him. It was difficult for God’s people to obey Him. Old ideas and habits are hard to break, and they kept worshiping idols and defying Him. He punished, They wept and begged forgiveness, and he forgave. Then the cycle repeated throughout the Old Testament.

God had a plan which took centuries to come to fruition. He told parts of his plan to prophets who told the people. People are short-sighted. They could not see that God was preparing the way for his son to reveal his nature. God is mighty, and he uses his might to protect his people from the forces of evil and from each other.

Jesus shows God’s love, his power, and his truth. Where they are valued they bring peace. Without them there is chaos and confusion. I must convince myself and you. That is why I write this blog.

to be contd.

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