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Is Jesus Necessary?

Americans are looking for value. We see it most at Christmas as shoppers rush to stores where quality goods are marked down. This mentality has ingrained itself in our thinking so that we naturally look at everything, including relationships, for its value to us. Of course, such thinking has some serious limitations and consequences.

Eventually, following the same mentality, there are those who will ask, “What value is there in Jesus Christ?” They will judge Jesus as a commodity, like all the other goods and services offered in our culture. And when they hear that Jesus is the only way, or Jesus is the only name, they will scoff and look for value elsewhere. Their desire is to get a discount rate.

The discount Jesus is the one who provides the gold standard in salvation with a cut-rate, cheap price. In other words, the discriminating religious shopper wants all that Jesus offers without the high cost of confession, repentance and obedience.

Jesus said, “Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1.15). So great a salvation of such great value is free – but not cheap – because the Son of God gave up His life.

Finally, the value conscious religious shopper will decide that Jesus really isn’t necessary because He’s too expensive. After all, who wants to admit he’s a sinner needing a savior and then have to humble himself before the Lord in repentance? The price is too great.

What’s so ironic about this kind of thinking is that it settles for something far less valuable in the long run, accepting a Walmart Jesus (“How can I help you?”), and giving up the real Savior of the world.

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About New Hope Christian Fellowship

New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)


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