Giuseppe Garibaldi was a famous Italian freedom fighter of the 19th
century. He followed the words of his friend and teacher, Mazzini: "Do
that which is right, and fear no man, for man was made to be free."
His freedom fighters wore bright red shirts. Though it would seem this
would make them easy targets, in reality, they were commanded by such
a master strategist that they seldom lost many men. The red shirts clearly
identified Garibaldis men (they were even called Red Shirts) and
protected them from friendly fire.
Those who follow Jesus today as Savior, Lord and God
are also clearly identified. Many others believe in Jesus that
He was a real historical person, perhaps a good teacher, even a prophet
but deny His deity and the efficacy of His blood to save.
It is for this reason that each Palm Sunday we publish this edition
about the true Jesus Christ. What matters is not that we have a belief
in Jesus, but that we believe in the Jesus of the Bible. If Jesus is
who He said He is, then His blood provides the only way to salvation.
The true followers of Jesus are "Red Shirts" they rely
totally on the power of the blood of Christ to save. Though this makes
them stand out, and thus identifies them to the enemies of the Cross,
they do not fear; their Captain, who has marked them with His blood,
Unlike Garibaldis men, the Christian freedom fighters of today
do not fight for their own freedom that has been won already
but for the freedom of others. And sometimes the very ones for
whom they fight try to injure them.
But no matter. God has not called the Christian to an easy path, but
to a hard battle
with a guaranteed victory.
Believing that Jesus is God and that His blood does indeed save us
makes us different. It makes us want others to know the real Jesus as
we know Him. And they can.
The truths presented in this "Jesus edition" are basic, but
they are also life-changing. If you know the Jesus of the Bible, read
this issue prayerfully, asking God to give you a renewed appreciation
for the Son of God. If you disagree with this view of the historical
person Jesus, I challenge you to read these pages with an open heart.
Dear reader, Jesus died for you; His blood paid the price of your salvation.
Wont you too let Him apply that blood to your soul?
Please see "The ABCs of Salvation."