Religion says do, but Jesus says done. This is a very cool spoken word video by Jefferson Bethke written to show the difference between Jesus and religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of His day. At the core Jesus’ gospel and the good news of the Cross stand in complete opposition to self-righteousness and self-justification. Religion is man-centered – Jesus is God-centered. Salvation is by the grace of God, not by any work you or I could perform. Our saving is by His grace, for His glory (Ephesians 2:8). This poem highlights Bethke’s journey to discover this truth.
There is nothing like the free gift of salvation that Jesus offers, and there is nothing better than knowing you can rest in Him. In the video below, Bethke unpacks his purpose in writing Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus. This was one of the first pieces that truly opened my eyes as a new believer.
Jefferson Bethke’s book Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough comes out October 8, 2013. Preorder Here: http://ow.ly/jNA68