And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. (Matthew 21:12-13 KJV)
It is almost time for us to celebrate the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even though we celebrate Resurrection Sunday during the month of Nisan (March/April), it is obvious that some American churches have lost the foundation of Christianity. We do not see any great revival within churches. Most today’s churches are about me, myself, and mine rather than blessing God through our act of worship.
Just as Pharisees tried to make marketplaces in the Temple of Jerusalem, we see many churches try to sell their merchandises by using the media outlets. Many Christians may not need to drive to their churches, because they can watch live streams on the church websites or TVs. Or some churches may have daily activities to bring more people into their places. Just as Joel Osteen in Lakewood Community Church in TX, preachers can have 1 million of congregations, yet, they don’t have personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
The church is not about building, but people come together as unity to worship and give honor to our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross and resurrect on the third day to demonstrate His love for us. He did not need to pay for our sins on the cross, but He did. We created so many Christian denominations that we often forget what He did for us. We don’t have to be in certain groups to know who Jesus Christ is. We only need to read the Bible and spend the time with Him to build relationship.
John 3:16-18 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Again in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.