Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ

01
Sep
17

The Antichrists Are Coming

There are many who live in opposition to Jesus. Those who oppose Him could be called “antichrists.” We tend to think of the Antichrist as an individual, but John says that there are many. He wrote:

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.  – 1 John 2:18 (NIV)

In the days since Jesus ascended nearly 2,000 years ago, many have lived as enemies of the cross. There are many who are merely indifferent to Jesus. There are many who oppose Jesus and His church. Those who are anti Christ live as enemies of Jesus. The thing is that Jesus wins in the end. When you are with Jesus, you win. Keep your eyes on Heaven and on Jesus. He will return some day and those who have been faithful to Him and doing His will are going to be rewarded and those who oppose Him will be condemned.
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29
Aug
17

We Are Overcomers

Good Tuesday morning to you! The Apostle John tells his audience why he was writing to them. He says:

I am writing to you, dear children,
    because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.

14 I write to you, dear children,
    because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong,
    and the word of God lives in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.

​ – 1 John 2:12-14 (NIV)​
Twice he says that they had overcome the evil one. We give the evil one more credit than he is due. Through Jesus Christ, we have overcome the evil one. The devil cannot defeat you if you are in Christ Jesus. The devil doesn’t make you do anything. The One living in you is greater than the one in the world. Don’t give the enemy any power over you. Jesus overcame the enemy and He has given you His victory.
10
Mar
17

One In Christ

In the family of God, we believe that God has made us all in His image. He says:

Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. – Colossians 3:11 (NIV)

Paul said something similar in Galatians 3:28 (NIV):

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

The things that could divide us should instead remind us that we are all made in the image of God and are one in Christ. We could be divided along racial, social, financial or gender lines as much of the world is today. In the church, however, the One who unites us is much more powerful than that which could divide us. Let’s commit ourselves to unity in the church because it will speak volumes about the power of our uniting Savior to a very divided world.
03
Jan
17

Who Is Jesus?

John 7:25-31 (NIV)

 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? 27 But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”
28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.”
30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”

After Jesus secretly went to the feast, He got up to speak and the people recognized Him. They started to draw the conclusion the He just might be the Messiah. What is interesting is that those who were trying to kill Him were the ones who were inspiring faith in Him. They crowds knew that there must be something to Him if the chief priests and leaders of Israel were trying to do away with Him.

Many have tried over the years to prove that Jesus was not who He said He was. Many have tried to prove that Jesus was not the Son of God. They have discovered, when doing an honest investigation, that Jesus was, in fact, the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He is the One whom God promised to send to save the world. He is the One to whom the prophets pointed. He is the One to whom billions have looked for hope and forgiveness. He is the only One who can save us from our sins and from ourselves. Yet many will reject Him and call Him a good teacher or a prophet or a good man. He was all of those things, indeed. He was so much more, though. He claimed to be the Messiah and the Son of God. You cannot accept His teachings without accepting His claims.

If you are a skeptic, do the research. Do not ignorantly claim that Jesus was a liar or a lunatic. Discover whether or not He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Find out whether billions of us are blindly following a madman or if we have truly found the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, we pray for the masses who have rejected Jesus or who have never heard of Him. May they come to know the hope and peace that He gives. May they receive Your love that You demonstrated through Him. May they find the joy of following Jesus that we have found. In His name, amen.

15
Dec
16

A Rescue Mission Of Love

1 John 4:9-10 (NIV)

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

The message of Christmas is more than just angels and mangers, shepherds and magi. The true meaning of Christmas is the story of a rescue mission of love. 1 John 4:9-10 sums it up so well. God sent His Son to die so that we might live. How did He do this? Through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Jesus laid down His life as a human sacrifice to take away the sins of the world. He is the perfect, unblemished Lamb of God. He was miraculously conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and He lived a perfect life. He was an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice to our Heavenly Father on our behalf. He took our place by taking our punishment. We deserve death and Hell and Jesus died in our place to keep us out of Hell. He faced the full brunt of the wrath of the Father so we wouldn’t have to face it ourselves.
The question is, “Why?” Why leave the throne room of Heaven and the adoration of angelic beings for a manger? Why come to earth knowing that You would be despised and rejected? Why come to earth knowing that You would suffer and die for the sins of humanity? The simple answer is, “Love.” The birth, death and resurrection of Jesus is an expression of and demonstration of the love of God. God’s love is so powerful and compassionate that He sent His only Son to make eternity possible with Him. He would rather die than spend eternity without us. Think about that today as we get closer to Christmas.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for Your love that sent Jesus to earth to take away my sins. Thank You for the true meaning of Christmas and for the rescue mission of love Jesus came to fulfill. In His name, amen.
28
Apr
16

Escaping God’s Wrath

Zechariah 1:1-6 (NIV)

In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo:

2 “The Lord was very angry with your ancestors. 3 Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty. 4 Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the Lord. 5 Where are your ancestors now? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6 But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors?

“Then they repented and said, ‘The Lord Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do.’”

 

Zechariah was a prophet and priest who was born in Babylon when the Jews from Judah were in captivity there. When the Persians conquered the Babylonians in 539 BC, the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. About 50,000 exiles returned to Jerusalem, just as God had promised. Zechariah called God’s people to remain faithful to the Lord Almighty as they began to rebuild the temple.

In verse 2, the phrase, “The Lord was very angry…” is literally translated, “The Lord was angry with anger.” God’s people, with whom He had entered into a loving relationship, rebelled against Him and did evil in His sight. God punished His people because of their rebellion. God’s anger does not last forever. He promised that a remnant would return to Jerusalem. That is exactly what happened.

Zechariah reminded the people that God’s heart is for repentance and forgiveness, not wrath and punishment. We see this in the New Testament in the life and death of Jesus Christ. God sent His Son to call people to repentance and to take the punishment for our rebellion and sin. When Jesus went to the cross, He was the object of God’s wrath. God poured out all of His wrath on Christ on the cross.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (NIV) says:

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:1-5 (NIV):

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

God has saved us by His grace through faith in His Son, Jesus. His wrath is reserved for those who reject Christ. Let us live to tell of Jesus and His love so that others may escape the coming wrath of God.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for Your grace that saves us from wrath. Thank You for rescuing me through Your Son, Jesus. May I have an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with someone today that they might hear, believe and repent and turn to You for forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
15
Mar
16

Suffering Because Of Sin

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
For your arrows have pierced me,
and your hand has come down upon me.
Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
my bones have no soundness because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear.
My wounds fester and are loathsome
because of my sinful folly.

O LORD, do not forsake me;
be not far from me, O my God.
Come quickly to help me,
O Lord my Savior.  — Psalm 38:1-5, 21-22 (NIV)

How much of our suffering in life is caused by our sinful behavior?  Psalm 38 is a petition of David’s to the LORD to hear him and help him.  David was sickened by his guilt.  He was crushed by the weight of what he had done.  He does not tell us what he had done, but we know that he came to the realization that he had indeed sinned against God.  So what does David do?  He cries out to God for forgiveness.  There was only one cure for his suffering in body and spirit.  He needed God’s mercy.

The same thing goes for us.  When we sin against God, willfully or without thinking about it, guilt can wash over us when we realize the gravity of our situation.  It can be so easy to take God’s grace for granted.  “Oh, God’ll forgive me for this,” we tell ourselves.  “It’s not that big of a deal,” we say.  “At least I’m not committing this sin or that sin,” as though any one sin were worse than any other (sin is sin!).  We are all sinners who have sinned against God and others.  We need to seek God’s forgiveness on a daily basis with the knowledge (from Scripture) and hope (confident expectation, but not arrogance) that He will forgive us our many sins through the atoning sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.  May we never take Christ’s sacrifice or God’s loving grace for granted.  May He forgive us when we do.

PRAYER: Father, forgive me when I take Your grace for granted.  I know that You have forgiven my many sins.  I am in need of your unfailing love and mercy.  Thank You for forgiving me time and time again.  In Jesus’ name, amen.




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