Jesus’ death & Resurrection is a counter-cultural demonstration of non-violence

The New Testament was (& still is) counter-cultural. Read it & see! In the New Testament, the Zealots used violence; but Jesus loved even unto death. Who impacted Rome the most?

The Bible is full of testimonies about and demonstrations of nonviolence, that many people have never even read. Jesus taught “Love your enemies.” Soldiers, following government orders, killed Him.

War causes & celebrates death. Jesus overcame death. War bombs – “fails, falls flat, flops, ruins, wreaks havoc & even blows people up.” War blows up the very things that Jesus died to give us: love, mercy, humility, peace, joy.

Returning evil for evil launches snowballing evil; but love slowly melts evil. Jesus fought and overcame evil with sacrifice, love, and truth with humility. He showed that spiritual weapons are the most powerful (yet most ignored) weapons.

nonviolence Zealots

Good Friday honors Jesus’ demonstration of non-violence & love for enemies. Pharisees used religion & politics to get Jesus killed but God had the final word! Violence & evil did their best to destroy Jesus, but we know the rest of the story! Jesus became undead so He can live in human hearts that surrender to Him. God turned our violence against Jesus into a timeless, worldwide movement of love.

Doing violence to others contradicts the words of the Prince of Peace: Matthew 5:38-39 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”

MOAB: The mother of all bombs is the violence in human hearts. Jesus overcomes evil by transforming human hearts. Jesus came out of the tomb. Will you let Him out of your box?

In this dangerous world,
The best protection
Is to hope in Jesus’
Resurrection!

The empty tomb
Was like a womb
For resurrection life!

Too often religion
Tries to re-entomb Jesus
Behind ritual & programs.

Let the risen Jesus
Roll away the stone
That blocks your heart.

Jesus left the grave
To be the Way
To eternal life!

Church presents religion.
Ekklesia facilitates experience
With the risen Jesus.

Darwin theorized about “natural selection.” Jesus demonstrated Resurrection! Reflection on the Resurrection will overcome your feelings of dejection!

The Resurrection has a deep connection in my soul. The Resurrected Jesus ejected me from misery and anger & infected me with joy and love. Have you detected that the Resurrected Jesus is knocking on your heart’s door? Is your life built on the rock that never rolls — Jesus’ resurrection?

Some people hunt for eggs on Easter. I prefer to hunt for the risen Jesus! There was a man who wouldn’t stay dead and therefore He still is alive-Jesus Christ!

Focusing on trifles stifles your soul. Hope & despair dance in your psyche. Which one is your primary dance partner?

The Bible is the fitbit for your soul. Read it daily to keep your heart healthy. Don’t accept what’s wrong just so other people will say you’re right.

Loving community offers protection against violence.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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