Pastor's Corner

17 Oct
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Mid-Week Challenge

Some might argue that Jim Caviezel in the Mel Gibson The Passion of the Christ movie is the best portrayal of Jesus by any actor who has ever played the role.  After seeing Caviezel’s performance it is hard to imagine anyone else in that role.  That is until I heard about a new role Tom Cruise has taken on.  I was intrigued when I read a headline a few days ago that highlighted Tom Cruise taking on the role of Jesus.  My interest soon faded as I realized the role was not a movie role and it wasn’t even “the Tom Cruise,” but a wax figure of Cruise.  At the BibleWalk wax museum in Mansfield, Ohio, life size versions of Jesus, Moses, Paul and other biblical figures are displayed in well-known Biblical scenes.  So how does Tom Cruise play a role?  The museum uses donations from other wax museums who are finished with their celebrity stand-ins.  In addition to Cruise as Jesus, visitors can see Prince Charles as Abel, Prince Philip serves as an angel, Elizabeth Taylor is the Queen of Sheba and Steve McQueen and John Travolta are there too!

I have never known any of these real-life celebrities personally but have followed their careers and what they share of their personal life through the media.  Most of them have claimed to be very spiritual people but nowhere close to a relationship with Jesus through Christianity, nor anything like the Biblical characters their wax versions portray.  But it did get me thinking.  Through the life changing power of Jesus anyone’s life can be transformed.  I love what Paul has to say in 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 

There might be a believer in your life who you thought would never turn to Jesus but they surprised you when they prayed to receive Christ.  It’s never too late for anyone to turn to the saving power of the Lord.  If a museum can repurpose a celebrity statue how much can God do when He gets involved with someone on a personal level?  Pray for the celebrities you follow.  Ask the Lord to speak to their heart about the influence they have and their relationship with Him.  Pray for people of influence to come into their life and be a witness for Jesus.  Ask God to give you the same type of opportunities to witness to those in your circle of influence.  

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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