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Jesus, in and through You

Expect Jesus to move in you to do things through you. How else can His love be made known to the hopeless?


Our verse for today comes from Mark 15:22, ” And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. “


Our family recently experienced Woodlawn . This movie tells the story of the football team at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama in the early 1970s. Taking place at that time throughout the country was something that people were calling the Jesus Movement. Simply put, a spiritual awakening was happening in the lives of thousands of youth and young adults across America, and in 1973, that awakening descended upon the football team at Woodlawn. What made this revival of sorts so much more noteworthy was the existing racial tension that permeated the halls and hearts at Woodlawn. The school had recently been integrated and was waging that daily battle, and Birmingham itself was still extremely resistant to the idea of racial equality. But when a sports chaplain shared the gospel with the team one day, practically every member made a commitment to follow Jesus and embrace His love and forgiveness, for themselves and their neighbor, no matter their color. Tony Nathan, the black running back whose elite skills carried the team from wallowing in mediocrity to playing their rival in the largest high school game in Alabama history, became the center of attention around their football success. But Tony had a dilemma. The football he loved to play was causing pain for those he loved. The racists and cowards were threatening his family, and he wasn’t sure if football should be a part of his life.


But as great as he was on the field, his commitment to Jesus was that much greater. He would walk away from football if he needed to, but he wasn’t going to turn his back on the love and grace he was called to show to those who even hated him. So he overcame fear and rescued his future wife from an abusive relationship at home, and he made it possible for Woodlawn’s rival team to receive and follow Christ just as his team had. On top of all this, one article said that Tony’s commitment to Jesus Christ was even greater than the movie proclaimed. Now, will they know you’re a Christian by your love?


As we seek Him today, expect Jesus to move in you to do things through you. How else can His love be made known to the hopeless?

AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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