Fifty years ago the most famous rock band in history recorded a song written by John Lennon entitled: Revolution. Some of the lyrics are: “You say you want a revolution. Well, you know we all want to change the world.” Many people have wanted to change the world through science, education, the arts, or politics but only a few have succeeded. In the song, Revolution, the Beatles mentioned one of the 20th Century’s most infamous revolutionaries: Chairman Mao Tse Tung. His ambition to change the world led to the deaths of over 65 million of his own people in China. There was another revolutionary who was born many years before Chairman Mao. Each year, we celebrate His birthday on December 25th. The revolution this individual started was God’s plan and He had His fingerprints all over it from the very beginning. Galatians 4:4 says,” But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.” Timing is very important for revolutions and it was no different for the revolution God had in mind.
Matthew 6:10, 22:34-38, 28:18-20; Mark 1:1-4, 14-15, 17:1; Luke 4:16-21; Romans 10:13; Galatians 4:14; 1 John 3:8;
Later after John was arrested by Herod Antipas, Jesus went to Galilee to preach God’s Good News. “At last the time has come!” he announced. “The kingdom of God is near! Turn from your sins and believe this Good News!” Mark 1:14-15
There are qualifiers for almost everything you do in life except the invitation to join the Jesus revolution. The revolution that says there is a new way to live, a new community of people to live with, a new hope and a new forgiveness and a new joy. This is the message of Christmas. Jesus extends an invitation to you and me to join His revolution. I can’t decide for you and you can’t decide for me. You can’t decide for your spouse and your spouse can’t decide for you. You can’t decide for your children and your children can’t decide for you mom and dad. Why must each of us decide for ourselves? Why must it be so personal? Why must it be on each of us? You must decide to join the revolution or not. You must decide to follow Jesus or not. Why must you decide? Because it’s His call to join and His invitation and it requires your personal response. Have you responded? Have you made the choice to join the revolution?
What is your favorite Beatles song? How has the message of the Gospel revolutionized your life? Can you describe a time when, as a Christ follower, you separated your words from your actions? Why do you think God didn’t put qualifiers on salvation? When did you last hear Jesus say to you, “Follow me?” What are you doing to help fulfill the Great Commission? What is the Greatest Commandment?
The revolution is now in full throttle to change the world. God is inviting you to join the revolution. What you do with that invitation is on you alone but take godly counsel and don’t miss out on the greatest adventure of your life for this present time and then forever in eternity. Join the revolution and go all in for Jesus Christ. Say yes to repentance and forgiveness of your sins through a relationship with Jesus. Say yes to trusting Jesus, following Jesus and serving Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing heaven to earth through the revolution started by your Son Jesus Christ. I’m grateful that you have invited me to join this movement to bring the Good News of salvation to people everywhere. I make the decision right now to accept your invitation and I choose to join the revolution that will make a difference in my life for time and eternity. In the wonderful name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.