What is a Christian? - Rebels!



Men and women everywhere are rebellious to the idea that their lives should be controlled by Jesus. They want to be independent. They want to be free from His rule and authority. They see themselves to be "master of their lives and captain of their souls". They make the mistake of thinking that their lives are their own to do with as they like.
They reject Jesus as their Lord - sometimes passively, sometimes actively, but whether actively or passively, - they reject Him. Consequently they do not bother about obeying His laws. They act in a way which shows they are self-centered in their approach to life. It is this spirit of rebellion which allows some people to murder, commit adultery, steal. The same spirit of rebellion causes others to be puffed up in pride, eaten up in jealousy and to fritter away their life in selfishness. Different people show different symptoms of this rebellion but all are rebellious. The fact of the rebellion in us all is real. The Bible calls this spirit of rebellion sin. It makes no effort to minimize the seriousness of it. It sees it to be the root cause of all the problems which we have in trying to live in relationship with each other (wars, strife, divorce, race riots).
But the worst feature of sin is that since it is a rebellion against Jesus Christ's right to control our lives and since Jesus is Master, then sin has consequences of eternal magnitude. One day Jesus will return and overthrow all who remain rebellious to this rule (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10). Sin does matter because it wrecks life here and now, and if unforgiven will take a person to hell.

"He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.' "

Mark 16:15