Unstoppable. We love that concept. There is power and drama in the word “unstoppable;” in the idea of being unstoppable. When we see a movie about a runaway train, the power behind it is awesome. When we see the Auburn Tigers go 14-0 and win a national championship, the talent is unmatched. When we watch the UConn Women’s Basketball team win 90 games in a row, never losing for two years, the skill is intimidating. So in this post we’re going to see that Jesus is not some wimpy white guy with product in his hair that let people emotionally and physically abuse him. Jesus is a champion. He is manly. He is unstoppable.
HEROD COULDN’T KILL HIM
His family escaped Herod’s infanticide and lived in Egypt until Herod died. Our Great Savior overcame Great Chaos. And if your life is in great chaos right now, Jesus has already shown He can overcome that. You need to repent and trust Jesus because our great savior overcame great chaos.
PILATE COULDN’T FIND ANY FAULT IN HIM
We saw last week that Jesus was the undeserving Debtor. Even Pilate, the roman governor, recognized this when he said “Why, what crime has he committed?” The crowd begins to get riotous, so Pilate symbolically washes his hands to say “You accuse this man of something he did not do. I believe that he is innocent, and I believe that y’all are crazy.”
There was an angry mob accusing Jesus of blasphemy, and they were so emotionally charged they demanded He be killed. Maybe no one has threatened your life because you are a Christian, but you might have been accused of being “a goody-goody” or “arrogant” or “exclusive” or “fun-hater” or “lame” or “weak” or “delusional” or … Jesus overcame accusation without arguing or fighting back.
DEATH COULDN’T KEEP HIM
The angry mob would not rest until Jesus was nailed to a cross and left to die. Did Jesus die? Yes. He died an excruciating, humiliating, lonely death. But his death is our victory.
Remember what we said in unCreated Creator? Death is a result of sin and all creation is ruled by death. But Jesus overcame death.
THE GRAVE COULDN’T HOLD HIM
Christianity hinges on the resurrection. He had to be unstoppable.
Lots of people have died for causes they believe in. And lots of religious leaders have died:
- Buddha died in 486 BC
- Confucius died in 479 BC
- Muhammad died in 632 AD
- Joseph Smith died in 1844 AD
- L. Ron Hubbard died in 1986 AD
- Jesus died in 33 AD
- But three days later, Jesus got up from death. No one else has.
Jesus overcame all of these obstacles. He is the unStoppable Savior. And what that means for you and me is that God’s plan cannot be defeated. And God’s plan is that His Church would advance His kingdom by sharing the Gospel and making disciples. Here’s a brief look at how that has happened:
- Acts 1:15 – The Church begins with just 120 believers
- Acts 2:41 – 3,000 were added that day
- Acts 4:4 – Many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about 5,000
- Acts 5:14 – more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number
- Acts 6:7 – So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly
- Acts 8:12 – When [all the people of Samaria] believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
- Acts 9:31 – Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.
- Acts 12:24 – But the word of God continued to increase and spread
- Acts 16:5 – So the churches [plural now] were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers
- Acts 19:20 – the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power
- Acts 28:31 – Boldly and without hindrance, [Paul] preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ [in Rome]
- 39 AD – Council of Jerusalem acknowledges Gentiles [you and me] are part of the body of Christ
- 42 AD – Mark goes to Egypt
- 49 AD – Paul goes to Turkey
- 51 AD – Paul goes to Greece
- 52 AD – Thomas makes it to India
- 54 AD – Paul’s 3rd missionary journey, seeing evidence of the gospel everywhere he goes
- 174 AD – First Christians in Austria
- 280 AD – First written knowledge of rural churches in northern Italy
- 350 AD – 31.7 million claim Christ, about 53% of the Roman empire
- 432 AD – Patrick goes to Ireland
- 596 AD – Gregory the Great sends Augustine and a team of missionaries to England to reintroduce the gospel; they settle in Canterbury and baptize 10,000 people in the first 2 years
- 635 AD – The first Christian missionaries arrive in China
- 740 AD – Irish monks reach Iceland
- 900 AD – Missionaries reach Norway
- 1200 AD – The Bible is now available in 22 languages
- 1498 AD – First Christians in Kenya
- 1554 AD – 1500 converts in what is now known as Thailand
- 1630 AD – There is an attempt in El Paso, TX to establish a mission
- 1743 AD – Mission efforts to North American Indians
- 1889 AD – the first church in the Oklahoma Territory is established around present day Edmond
- 1961 AD – Kirk of the Hills officially formed
- 2010 AD – Kirk Crossing is launched
- There are approximately 2 billion Christians worldwide.
- The largest church in the world is in Seoul, South Korea, with over 1 million members
The Church is moving, people are being saved. Jesus said this in the Bible, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” When Jesus is the root of the Church, it is unstoppable, because we have an unStoppable Savior.
HOW DO WE RESPOND TO THIS?
Jesus overcame persecution, temptation, accusation, crucifixion, and failure.
He defeated sin.
He defeated death.
He was able to because He was uncreated and not ruled by sin and death. But He laid down his life as an undeserving debtor. Because of His sacrifice, now His power and His salvation is unstoppable.
The fact that you are reading this means He’s already working on your heart and it’s just a matter of time.
His grace is amazing.
His power is limitless.
His reign is eternal.
His call is for everyone.
His story is epic. And now it’s your move.
You can’t stop Jesus. But if you’ll let Him, He’ll stop you dead in your tracks and save you from a pursuit that will fail. He can save you and put you on a path of hope, of life, of freedom, and of joy.
Because our Savior is unStoppable.