This week were gonna look at a quote from Tim Keller:
“The basic premise of religion– that if you live a good life, things will go well for you– is wrong. Jesus was the most morally upright person who ever lived, yet He had a life filled with the experience of poverty, rejection, injustice, and even torture.”
Every other religion in the world apart from Christianity says you must do better. They say if you’re a good person and live a good life, you’ll have one, as Keller puts it. But let us look at Jesus: He lived a perfect live. He was perfect! Why didn’t He live a happy, joyous life filled with wealth? He was perfect! But it says in Isaiah 53:
He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him,
and no beauty that we should desire Him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
Surely He has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.”
So, if you think if you can be a good person and make it to heaven, you’re wrong. If you think you are a good person who does good things then good stuff will happen to you, you’re wrong. Jesus would not have died if you could simply just work your way to heaven. He did not die to say that if you have a good life, good stuff will happen to you. What the cross says is that we have been really really bad, but God has been really really good to hell-deserving wretches.
What Keller is simply saying is that even if your perfect, you aren’t promised a easy life. Jesus says, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”-Matthew 7:14. Jesus knew the narrow way. For He is the narrow way. If you follow Him you will have eternal life. You are not promised riches, you’ll actually most likely be poor, rejected, hated, and killed for your faith. But it is better. It is better than the open, easy path of iniquity that says if you do good, you’ll get to heaven, and because of the good things you do you’ll get good things. It is better than that because if Jesus is your ultimate treasure, ultimate love, and ultimate everything, that is more than enough.
Give yourself to Christ today, He awaits to give you ultimate joy in Himself.