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Who Is Jesus? Ronne’s Story

This is for you—the one who wants to believe but quietly wonders, the tender skeptic who struggles to find hope in a world turned upside down, the purpose-weary warrior. Yes, this is for you.

I want you to know Jesus, the Christ who is greater than the stories written about Him—the Savior who defies logic and yet makes sense of it all. I’m not sharing a three-point sermon or reciting the words of a hymn—because those are Sunday things.

Instead, I want to introduce you to every-day Jesus. 

This is how He lived His life. This is how He loves today.

Jesus spent time with folks others whispered about. He believed enemies are to be loved, and that kindness is a killer weapon. He taught that everyone is worthy of belonging, that love outshines hate, and love heals fear.

He always welcomed strangers to the table. Always.

He said it wouldn’t be easy to say “yes” to Him. He said it wasn’t for the faint-hearted or those simply wanting a hand-out. He said He was God, and yet said He was a servant. And He proved He was both.

Before He was arrested and accused and crucified with criminals, Jesus sat down for dinner with the friends He had known for three years. He fed them and poured wine and He asked them to never forget the moment—because His life was wrapped in it. He looked in the face of the ones who would deny Him, the ones who would fight over who deserved the better seat, and even the face of the one who would sell His soul for a moneybag of promise. Then, He washed their filthy feet. And He asked them to do just one thing.

Love each other well.

After His arrest, Jesus watched life-long enemies became friends when His destruction became their common goal, and He didn’t cry foul. He could have opened the pages that described exactly what they were doing and would do, but He didn’t. Silence would shout the words later.

He was unafraid to pray, unafraid to ask that things be different, unafraid to let demands wash away with tears that trusted in something more.

When a well-known criminal was given pardon while Jesus prepared for death, He didn’t argue His case or demand His own freedom. He believed in dignity. When bits of flesh were ripped from his back by a cat of nine tails whip, Jesus didn’t glare and say, “You’ll pay for this.” Instead, He took every bruise, every blow. Every single one.

And as He hung on raw and ragged wood, He looked in the face of those who decided His life wasn’t worth much and said, “I forgive you now—and I will never put you to shame.”

Even after He had folded the burial clothes and tidied up the tomb and walked away from death that thought it had won, He looked people in the eye and gently called them by name. There were the women at sunrise who thought He was a gardener, and then Thomas, the one who tried but always struggled with doubt. Jesus let him touch the very places where the nails and spear had sliced through flesh and muscle and nerve.

Jesus made a fried fish breakfast for Peter, the one who had denied Him three times when fear whispered “keep yourself safe”—and then asked him to be a shepherd of people.

Jesus walked for hours with two men who thought hope had died forever on a cross. He listened intently. He ate with them. And when He spoke, it was with wisdom and grace. He never made them feel less than. He spoke truth— and they came alive.

That was His way, you know.
Life mattered. All life. Always.
Always redeemed.
Always restored.
Always made new.
Even yours. Even now.
This is every-day Jesus.

“Jesus says. ‘Acknowledge and accept who I want to be for you: a Savior of boundless compassion, infinite patience, unbearable forgiveness, and love that keeps no score of wrongs. Quit projecting onto Me your own feelings about yourself. At this moment your life is a bruised reed and I will not crush it, a smoldering wick and I will not quench it. You are in a safe place.’” ~Brennan Manning


about the author…


Ronne Rock weaves themes of transformative hope and grace-filled leadership into everything she shares on page and stage. Her book, One Woman Can Change the World, launches June 16, 2020 (Revell Publishing).

An Oklahoma gal by birth, Ronne now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Brad and rescue pup, Pearl. You can find Ronne on Instagram here or on most every platform—just look for RonneRock.


Ronne Rock weaves themes of transformative hope and grace-filled leadership into everything she shares on page and stage. Her book, One Woman Can Change the World, launches June 16, 2020 (Revell Publishing).

An Oklahoma gal by birth, Ronne now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Brad and rescue pup, Pearl. You can find Ronne on Instagram here or on most every platform—just look for RonneRock.

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