During March and April, Anglican Christians throughout Wollongong and beyond will be wearing ‘Jesus is___’ t-shirts and other merchandise.
We’re praying that it will get lots of people talking and thinking about the identity of Jesus.
You might think that it’s a bit ‘out there’ wearing it, but a really good reason to put it on is because you want to show that you’re not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus!
As we read in 1 Peter 4:16, “…if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name”
So the first reason to wear a “Jesus Is___” t-shirt is to go public for Jesus, to be unashamed that you’re connected to Christ.
For we know it’s only by calling on the name of Jesus that people can be saved (Acts 4:10, 12), and that means we need to get people talking about Jesus.
The second big reason to go public this way is to harness the power of synergy… that we can achieve more together than the sum of our individual efforts.
One person wearing a ‘Jesus is___’ t-shirt won’t be noticed for long, but if hundreds of people from across the region do, then it will create an impact.
Or, instead of a t-shirt, you could try a small badge on your lapel, or wear a wrist-band, or a “Jesus is ___” coffee keep cup, or a bumper sticker for your car or pencil case.
You could even just change your Facebook profile picture to temporarily include the ‘Jesus is ___’ artwork.
The third big reason is that when you wear it, someone might ask you, “what’s the deal with all those T-shirts… I keep seeing them everywhere!”
And you can be ready to answer: “We’re interested in people’s opinions. How would you complete that sentence?”
Let’s pray for lots of great conversations about Jesus.
SANDY GRANT with JODIE McNEILL
When people talk about ‘judgement’, it normally seems to be pretty negative, because a judgement divides people, with winners and losers, and the whole idea of one person judging another just seems downright uncomfortable.
Yet in some circumstances, a judgement is a positive and welcome result.
If your wellbeing or reputation has been harmed because of someone’s harmful actions towards you, then you will welcome justice if you receive compensation or if your name is cleared from false allegations or claims.
And if the act of injustice is against someone you know and love, then you will celebrate the judgement and acquittal of the person who has been harmed.
In this case, a ‘judgement’ is a good thing, and something to be celebrated.
With this in mind, the Bible speaks over and over about God’s judgement against people who reject him and harm his good reputation.
It’s in the context of God’s judgement and punishment that we see his gracious and glorious mercy to all of us who don’t deserve his kindness and love.
Over the next four weekends we’re going be looking at four episodes in human history where God showed and will show his glorious judgement against all those who stand against him in anger and rebellion.
We’ll see his glorious judgement at Eden, as we witness the rebellion by Adam and Eve, and God’s grace through his judgement.
We’ll see God’s glorious judgement in Egypt, as he judged the blatant rebellion of Pharaoh, which led to the glorious salvation of God’s people in the Exodus.
We’ll see the glorious judgement at Easter, where the cross of Christ demonstrates God’s extraordinary love and mercy.
And we’ll see the glorious judgement at the End Time, when the definitive punishment of all rebels against God will show his love for justice and his justice in love.
(Image credit: Ken Teegardin via Flickr.com at www.SeniorLiving.Org)