The life of Jesus Christ: The defeat of racism and the way forward pt.2



The condemned man was made to carry His own cross to the place where He was going to be crucified. When He arrived at the place of his death, two other condemned thieves were there already.

The Roman soldiers stripped Him naked and nailed Him on a wooden cross.

He died a shameful, disgraceful, painful, and disgusting death among two convicted criminals. How can this be a good thing? It was a bloody mess, to say the least.

You will be surprised to hear that His only “crime” is LOVE. This 33-year-old man loved others more than His own life. In His own words, He said,

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Love is more than feelings and emotions. Love requires sacrifice and in His case, death.

Perhaps, you are wondering what this has to do with you, or where you fit in. The life of this innocent 33-year-old man who was brutally killed has influenced my own life profoundly, and I think there is much we can learn from Him.

Jesus of Nazareth, the man I was talking about, was on a mission and stayed on course. He did not give up and did not quit, even when the going got extremely difficult, unpopular, and dangerous. It got to the point where He laid down His own life willfully because He was a man of principle.

Paul says this about Him, “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

His obedience cost him His life. He could have taken the road of least resistance. He could have done what was politically correct. He could have done what was popular and acceptable to many.

Yet, He challenged the status quo and the establishment. He took the road less traveled. He chose death over life. He died so that others will live.

Many people ask why a good and benevolent God allows so much suffering in the world. Before you give up on God, remember that Jesus of Nazareth was both man and God and he suffered and died a bloody death on the cross.

  • Have you been betrayed? Jesus and Joseph were, and the Africans who were sold into slavery!

  • Have you been rejected? Jesus and Joseph were, and the Africans who were sold into slavery!

  • Have you been wrongfully convicted? Jesus and Joseph were, and the Africans who were sold into slavery!

  • Have you been abandoned and forsaken by those you love and trust? Jesus and Joseph were, and the Africans who were sold into slavery!

  • Have you been ridiculed, misunderstood, and mischaracterized? Jesus and Joseph were, and the Africans who were sold into slavery!

  • Have you been shamed, wrongfully accused? Jesus and Joseph were, and the Africans who were sold into slavery!

  • Have you been sold by those you trusted? Jesus and Joseph were, and the Africans who were sold into slavery!

  • Have you been sold by those you trusted? Jesus and Joseph were, and the Africans who were sold into slavery!

  • Are you under tremendous pressure to quit? Jesus and Joseph were, and the Africans who were sold into slavery!

  • Are you weary and tired? Jesus and Joseph were, and the Africans who were sold into slavery!

What made Jesus and Joseph succeed and what will make you succeed is making up your mind never to give up no matter what! Never quit no matter what! Above all, it is seeing and accepting God’s involvement in the whole process. God uses the good, the bad, and the ugly to accomplish his purpose when we surrender everything to him.

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