by Eric Reeder
Founder and leader of RISEmovement
Jesus shows up, people healed, demons sent out, entire cities respond, and people follow Him to remote places to receive from Him.
Jesus is the key. Seems obvious, yet many times we are sharing a lot of stuff except Jesus. Jesus is who heals. Jesus is who releases us. Jesus is who captures cities. Jesus is who people will follow anywhere. More and more we are seeing the necessity to put Jesus back on center stage. A strong emphasis of Jesus requires our hearts to adjust to the obscene measure of grace and hope He provides. It challenges us as we want so desperately to be required some form of work that we can take credit for improving ourselves. We want check sheets and lists to mark off our duties and be able to see a clear display of our abilities. We want to polish our image so some measure of credit can be ours. Because of that, there are so many teachings center on what we need to do to improve and be more disciplined or be better behaved in order to gain more stuff. When Jesus is displayed “self” gets overshadowed and many don’t enjoy that.
When Jesus is on the scene people experience freedom. Hearts are so impacted they go after Him at any cost. Jesus is the prize. Jesus is healing. Jesus is deliverance. Jesus is the reason of gathering. Jesus is the reason for going all out. Jesus is the display of Father’s goodness and the comprehensive grace we all need. Jesus is who relieves us of ourselves so it’s no longer I that lives, but Christ living in me. Jesus came on the scene and fixed things even when nobody did anything. Grace trumped inadequacy. Love trumped insufficiency. Hope trumped limitation. Jesus shows up and things change because He is good, not because we are good. Comprehensive grace exhausts our abilities and handles what we never could.
May we present Jesus and the fullness of His grace so healing explodes, freedom flourishes, cities respond, and hearts follow Him without fear.
Eric Reeder is joined by other leaders of RISEmovement to reveal the heartbeat of The HOPE-filled Gospel.