May 7, 2015
To say that I love documentaries is an understatement! There's something about being able to watch TV and learn-at the same time! This is the combination of two of my favorite things in the world!
Yesterday I began watching a BBC documentary on the Holy Grail. If you don't know what that is, it's basically the name for the cup people believe Jesus drank from during the last supper He had with His disciples before He was crucified. According to the legend, this cup was also used by one of His disciples to catch some of His blood at the crucifixion . . . I know, right? It's gross, but that's the legend. The legend also claims the cup is supposed to have a lot of supernatural powers: like the ability to heal, raise the dead, and do all sorts of amazing stuff.
For millennia, people all over the world have searched for it, because, whoever has the cup has the power to rule the world-for good or for evil (I promise, I'm not making this stuff up).
As I was watching this, I realized that a lot of us are that same way about Jesus; we think that all we need to do is call ourselves a "Christian," carry around a Bible, go to church-even eat (and not eat) certain foods-and we will truly be Christians. But all those people who hope to receive something extraordinary-and even miraculous-from the things that Jesus owned or used are missing the simple fact that the real prize is Jesus Himself and a daily real relationship with Him; they will be sorely
However, Jesus didn't say, "Whoever finds the cloth I was buried in, or something I touched or drank with, will find power and life;" He said, "Whoever finds Me finds life!" (1 John 5:12).
Jesus made this incredible statement: " 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me' " (John 14:6, NIV). He went on to say that in Him, through His Holy Spirit, we'll be able do greater miracles than He did (John 14:12) and will have unspeakable joy, power, purpose, and peace (John 7:37-39). In fact, the apostle Paul paints this powerful picture of what it means to have a relationship with Jesus: " 'And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God' " (Ephesians 3:18, 19, NLT).
You may not be actively searching for stuff that Jesus had or used or was buried in, but make sure you search your heart to ensure that you indeed have Jesus and a real relationship with Him. I promise that in the end, you'll be much better off than those who travel to the ends of the earth-only to be disappointed with what they find.
Enjoy the read, and I'll see you next week.