You are the star student! You don’t expect anything from anyone else either. You are doing all these nice things so that others can have a nice experience at school
Last week, I introduced a new newsletter series that I am doing on bullying. Bullying can happen
anywhere—on the playground, on the Internet, on Facebook, at school, after school, even at home.
The reason that I feel that it’s important to talk about bullying from a Christian perspective is because it is a huge issue facing youth today in very impactful ways. Eventually I will want to explore how bullying is a direct result of sin and how our reactions to bullying are examples of our brokenness because of sin. But I first want to show you that the situation I described above is exactly what happened to Jesus.
Jesus Christ was bullied, and bullied in the most dreadful way. He came to the earth, gave gifts and blessings and healings to everyone around Him, and then everyone turned their backs to Him. They wanted Him dead and gone. They wanted to put him on the cross.Jesus was being bullied by the people He came down here to save. What if after they expelled you from school, beat you up, and made fun of you, all you wanted to do was make sure that they were all okay? You still wanted to help them. You still wanted to give them blessings. You probably wouldn’t want to do that. But Jesus did. He still wanted to shower blessings on us.
That is the beauty of the gospel. Jesus was bullied and had no reason to love the people who bullied Him. But He did because of his surpassing love for all of us. Every time we sin or go against God, we are in a way “bullying” God and yet He still chooses to love us each day.
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Until next time,