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“There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain!” This is the main line of the song in the following video cover of a song offered to the world by Tasha Cobbs. Please listen.
In a world that can be beautifully sour and horribly sweet, Jesus Christ’s teachings, and His act of love called the Atonement, offer hope that living means more than eating, breeding, and dying.
What chains need breaking?
As entertaining as the song is, the words mean more than lyrics, but what? What chains need breaking? When does this breaking occur? Does He use a hammer or His hands? Why should it matter that He can break chains? The list of questions can go on until they make no sense, and the meaning of it all is lost in a cacophony of voices.
We call out to the world in songs and sermons claiming Jesus is the answer! To what? What is He the answer to? Simply put, Jesus brings hope. In a world that can be beautifully sour and horribly sweet, Jesus Christ’s teachings and His act of love through the Atonement He provided, offer hope that living means more than eating, breeding, and dying.
Jesus Christ’s teachings and atonement offer hope.
God the Father
God is the Being who created and organized all life on Earth, all of humanity, through His Son, Jesus Christ, also known as Jehovah of the Old Testament. People call Him by differing names, but He lives, aching for all of us to choose a life like His of continual progression and felicity. Barring doubt, what would that matter to us? Why should we care even so?
Because He caused life on Earth, He loves all living things, with high regard for humans because He created, and organized us in His image. Vanity? No, no more vain than parents who purposely "create" a new life in a child born of the love of a man and woman committed in the bonds of matrimony. With all the turmoil and horridness in life, God fathered humanity with the hope that we would choose to love each other as He loves us.
Why Do Bad Things Happen?
As He is free to act and think, we are free to act and think inherently, though He is a being omnipotent and omniscient. Bad things happen because people make bad decisions.
God allows those bad decisions. God allows good decisions. All decisions are allowed! Knowing immensely less than does He, God intervenes very little in the day-to-day affairs of mortal men to encourage our divine nature to overcome our natural desires. Without a choice, a chance to do evil, we would never know how to do good or recognize its difference from evil.
Bad things happen because people make bad decisions.
Without a choice, a chance to do evil, we would never know how to do good or recognize its difference from evil.
With all the turmoil and horridness in life, God fathered humanity with the hope that we would choose to love each other as He loves us.
Hurt and Broken Things
It hurts when we lose a loved one knowing that God could have stopped it but decided not to intervene. Records abound when Jesus or some other minister raised the dead or healed the sick. Why not heal them all?
"God knows best," well-wishers tell us. Who the hell cares when our child, mother, brother, sister, best friend, or anyone we love is hurt, sick, or even dead?
He knew it would happen? He must have also known we would hate Him for it. He must have known we would lash out at our family for it and stop believing in Him for it.
When we wake up in the middle of the night in tears because we dreamed our lovely one was there, only to find them not, did He know that? He did. He knew we would sob tears and want to kill ourselves because we blame ourselves, survivor's guilt.
God loves us so much He allows there to exist so many religions we cannot name them all, each claiming to know about Him or offer alternatives to Him. We are a degenerate group of fallen people who are excellent at forming brave new societies and governments.
God loves us so much He sits back while we beat the tar out of each other and murder and rape each other. He loves us enough to watch us commit genocide. All of the wretched human suffering and sins make us dirty and unable to be in His presence since He doesn’t accept broken dirty things.
Chains to Faith to Peace
God so loves us that He sent His Son, that whoever believes in Him should be washed clean through a divine act of atonement, a perfect person to pay tribute for the fallen nature of humanity, a person who never is known to have sinned.
Some people believe this person to be God alone. Some believe He is one of three. Some people don’t believe His story. He suffered for all still the same. Most of the world does not know about Him or follow His teachings.
Still, Jesus fixes broken things. He paid for our mistakes so that if we chose to, we can turn to God clean and whole. Jesus Christ loves humanity so much that He endured all of our hurt, sickness, confusion, identity crises, depression, anxiety, hatred, malice, murderous acts and thoughts, racism, bitterness, etc. so that if we repent and change our hearts we can be as clean and pure as a child. Then He suffered death to rise again so that we too can have that, whether we believe or not!
What chain will He break? Hopelessness. Self-doubt. He will break the chains of hate if we put it away from us. Greed. Lust. Racism. He will give hope, breaking the chains of despair.
WHEN? When will He break these chains? He liberates each person in his or her own time at our own pace. Faith in His teachings is only the beginning. Faith in His power to heal and change grows with experience.
Jesus fixes broken things.
We just have to let Him.
© 2021 Rodric Anthony Johnson