I just finished writing a paper for my History of the Holocaust class (which is not as interesting as it sounds like it should be, unfortunately) so this post is probably going to be cut short. Also, I’m driving back to Georgetown tonight to vote (go vote tomorrow!) so this post will most definitely be short.
I’m pretty sure any person in the United States, probably even most Westernized societies have seen the acrostic WWJD or have heard the phrase What Would Jesus Do. I’ll admit it, I’ve had many of those bracelets wrapped around my wrist throughout my past. But, that phrase has absolutely no meaning if one does not know what Jesus has already done on our behalf.
What would Jesus do?
Would he do the right thing? Well yeah, he’s Jesus.
But isn’t that a pretty legalistic way of looking at things? Our standard of perfection is Jesus, but (and this may shock you), this side of heaven none of us will ever reach that perfect.
Should we strive to become more like Him daily. Yes! But, when we systematically approach every situation in life through the question of “What would Jesus do in this exact instance?” we forget the power of what He has already done.
So, that brings an entirely new question. What has Jesus DONE?
According to 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
“Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, he was buried, and he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”
Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…”. Meaning, our sin deserves death – eternal separation from God. It goes on to say “…BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
Every time I read those two verses I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with love and joy for a God who would love me, the worst of all sinners, enough to send his Son to be an atonement for all my sins. And I’m gonna let you in on a little secret here, he is the atonement for all your sins as well.
Is it wrong to ask “what Jesus would do”? No, I think it is good to be continually checking your motives with that of scripture. But, don’t forget the power of what He HAS already DONE. Don’t look past the gospel. We are sinners in need of a Savior. Lucky for us, that Savior has already done everything that needs to be done for our salvation. He’s paid our price. Now that is something to think about.