God’s Passion, 1&2

 What is God’s passion? First, it is to redeem a lost world. In John 3:16, we read, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…” Valentine’s Day celebrates love, and God is the universal lover, for He gave His son to us. God’s passion was His love for sinners, and we need to embrace the love for lost souls as our passion.

 Second, it is evangelism. In Hebrews 12:2 we read, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” What was the joy that was set before Jesus that made Him willing to endure the cross? What was the Passion of Christ?  Revelation 7: 9, 10 points us to the answer,  “After these things I saw, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands;  10 and they cry with a great voice, saying, Salvation unto our God who sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb.” (ASV)

Jesus’ passion was evangelism, the numberless multitude of international flavour. This is reinforced in His commission of evangelism and discipleship in Matthew 28: 18-20: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations….  This, my friend, is the heart of God, and by sharing the gospel we are the ones who will be instrumental in bringing the vast multitude around the throne of God.

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