Unchanged Jesus

14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev. 2:14-16

We see this within churches today. They have made their own Jesus. Their Jesus reflects the world. He is lustful, covetous, full of tolerance for sin, etc. He is the Jesus of the world.

When we approach the real Jesus, we should feel his love. We should know he wants us. The real Jesus beckons us to him as we are, but he changes us. We can go as we are, but we are changed as he works in our lives. The ways of this world pass away before us. He cleanses us and we, over time, leave behind our sins, our lusts, our covetousness, and our fleshly and earthly desires.

God cannot change for us. We must change for God. If we worship a Jesus whose word has been modified or redacted for the present age, we are not really worshiping Jesus.