>would jesus hi5?

Posted on May 3, 2011

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as a christian if find it painfully ironic that we have just celebrated the death and resurrection of jesus christ – who died *for us all* – that many of those same people are celebrating the death of osama bin laden.
are we not called to be imitators of christ – do people think that jesus would have been standing here throwing a fist in the air with a resounding “yea!”? would  he be giving his disciples a celebratory slap on the back for such a result? would he be heard saying “thank you god.”
i personally doubt it!
jesus loved the world so much that he died for *all* of us, wiping away *all* our sins. the blood of jesus was no more shed for me than it was bin laden. as painful as that statement is for people to hear [and i struggle with it myself to some degree] it’s the truth. but isn’t that what’s so amazing about god’s love – that it is for everyone. he’s not prejudice and exclusive, there’s no bar been set for us to attain greatness with him. he wants *all* people to turn to him. he gave us jesus, “the way”, so that we would have unity with him.
in ezekiel 33v11 god states “…as surely as i live, declares the sovereign lord, i take no pleasure in the death of the wicked….”. jesus commands us to love our enemies, and i’m pretty sure that doesn’t translate as rejoice in their death. but wait…
proverbs 11v10 states “when the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.” alright – where does this leave us.
well i believe it tells us that if we feel anything over bin laden’s death it should be these two things:
1) joy that injustice has taken a knock and that bin laden will no longer be able to preach and instigate death, and
2) sadness that this man lived a life so misguided and unaware of the love that christ had for him.
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