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IN JOHN 18, WE SEE THIS INTERESTING INTERACTION BETWEEN JESUS & PILATE.
So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”
Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?”
“YOU SAY THAT I AM A KING. FOR THIS PURPOSE I WAS BORN AND FOR THIS PURPOSE I HAVE COME INTO THE WORLD—TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE TRUTH."
This is his purpose, the very reason he has come into the world. The reason we just celebrated Christmas. He was born so that he would bear witness to the truth.
Chances are, if you are reading this you have decided to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, to be a disciple. A follower.
Well, what do followers do? They follow the one they are following. They do what they do.They think what they think. They act the way they act.
We follow a man who told us in this exchange that his purpose was to bear witness to the truth. You & I need to go do the same.
When your friends are with you in class do they see what Pilate saw?
At work, are you a witness to truth or something else?
It is so easy to forget that this is all true. That Jesus is who he says he is.
That God, the Creator & Sustainer has sent his Son to come to the earth, to be born of a woman so that he could save & redeem his creation, his people. This is what Jesus came to the world to do & to bear witness about. Now you and I need to go bear witness to this real life truth.
This isn’t fairytale.
This isn’t something the world can use, or can add to their life to make it better or so that they can have a better life. Jesus isn’t salt that you add to the dish of life to make it taste better. Jesus is the meal. Jesus is the salt. Jesus is the bread of life. Jesus is everything.
All the hope of the world is wrapped up in this truth. This is why our company even exists. We create stuff for one purpose: to bear witness to the truth that Jesus is the truth. That Jesus is the very essence of life. Of living. Of breathing. The hope being that a shirt or sticker, like even this bear witness design would make someone ask. That it would give us a chance to do just this: bear witness.
Whether it is a T-Shirt that says, "Bear Fruit" or a Hoodie with a dead theologian and the word "Gangster", we create stuff that is not only well designed, but that will get someone's attention enough so that they ask about it. Then we get to tell them.
Whether it is a T-Shirt that says, "Bear Fruit" or a Hoodie with a dead theologian and the word "Gangster", we create stuff that is not only well designed, but that will get someone's attention enough so that they ask about it.
Then we get to tell them.
My name is David & I started ODG Apparel because I need to share my faith more. All of us do. Everything that we at ODG do and create is centered around having more conversations with the world around us about Jesus.
So we make shirts, stickers, hoodies, journals, and a whole bunch of other things with super interesting and well made designs, so that people ask, "What does that mean?" and that is the spark 🔥of a conversation. And trust us, you will have a bunch more conversations when you wear our stuff. More than you were expecting. 😆
We avoid Scripture verses, and overtly Christian references because we don't want someone to just ignore it and walk on by. We want them to stop and ask. That's the point.
Check out our store, reach out if you have any questions, and most importantly, keep seeking Jesus. He is worth it.
- David from ODG Apparel