Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ


Jesus Was A Teacher

Jesus Christ is many things. He is the Son of God. He is the Savior of the world. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Friend of sinners. He was also a teacher. Matthew, in his biography of Jesus, wrote:

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. – Matthew 5:1-2 (NIV)

This is how Matthew begins his account of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus, exercising the authority given to Him by God the Father, taught people. Jesus, who was God in human flesh, taught people how to have a loving relationship with God and how to please God. He taught people how to have better relationships with others, too. Jesus was more than just a teacher, though. He is the Messiah and He came to seek and to save the lost and to bring them home. If you feel lost, know that Jesus is chasing after you to bring you home. He knows right where you are, so you can stop running away and just fall into His arms and He will teach you how to know and love God.

Enemies Of The Cross

God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on a Roman cross for the sins of humanity. It was because of God’s great love and amazing grace that He gave us this gift. So many people choose to reject this gift. Not only do they reject it, but they actually hate those who have accepted it. Paul told the Philippians that many live as enemies of the cross. He wrote:

For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. – Philippians 3:18 (NIV)

Paul was brokenhearted over the fact that many see the cross of Christ as a threat and who live as enemies of it. Notice that they are not OUR enemies, but rather they live as enemies of the cross. We who have received God’s grace must pray for those who live as enemies of the cross. We need to love those who live as enemies of the cross. Our hearts should break for them because Jesus’ heart breaks for them. Let us do all that we can to reflect the light and love of God to this world so that those who live as enemies of the cross will come to know that Jesus wants to be their friend.

The Name Of Jesus

Philippians 2:6-11 is a powerful hymn about Jesus Christ. In the second half of the hymn, we see how God the Father responded to Jesus’ obedience. Paul wrote:

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV)

Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is ruling and reigning at the right hand of God the Father. There is no one like Him and there is no other name by which we can be saved and forgiven. One day every single human being who has ever lived will bow down before Him. Some will bow in praise and adoration because they’ve been worshiping Him as Lord for years. Others will bow in terror because they will realize that the One they rejected was the one true God all along. What about you? On that day when Jesus comes in power and glory, how will you bow before Him? Will you bow in awe and reverence before your Savior or in fear before your Judge? Either way, you WILL bow before Him.a

Heaven Versus Earth

The apostle Paul told the Philippians that when it came to dealing with one another, they should have the same mind or attitude as Jesus Christ. Paul then goes on to describe this attitude. He wrote:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.​ –  Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV)​

Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, gave up His exalted position in Heaven for the humble position of a servant on Earth. Jesus gave up His heavenly throne for a lowly manger in Bethlehem. Jesus, who was worshiped by angels and all of the heavenly host, traded all of that in for the adoration of curious shepherds. Why would He do that? He did it because He loved the world. He could have stayed in Heaven instead of coming to Earth. We would have been lost in our sins forever. The love of Jesus brought Him to earth because He’d rather live and die here than live forever without you.

Rejoicing Even If Your Country Is Falling Apart

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on the book of Habakkuk.


Christ Is Preached

When writing his letter to the Philippians, Paul was in prison under house arrest. Paul’s primary concern was that the good news of Jesus was being preached and people were coming to faith in Christ. He wrote:

It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. – Philippians 1:15-18 (NIV)

Paul had great joy, despite his imprisonment, knowing that people were hearing the good news about Jesus. He wasn’t concerned with his circumstances. He cared most about people and their relationship with God. If you’re a Christian, may this be your primary concern, too. May we live to tell about Jesus and His love.

God Justifies

Paul builds to an amazing climax toward the end of Romans 8. He uses a wonderful word – justification – to define what God has done for us in Christ. In the spiritual court of judgment, God has dismissed all of the charges against those who trust in Jesus for forgiveness. Paul wrote:

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns.  No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. – Romans 8:33-34 (NIV)

Jesus Christ, who died and was raised to life on the 3rd day, is pleading our case against the accuser. Satan accuses us and attempts to bring charges of sin against us. God, in His great grace and mercy, has dismissed those charges and has rendered His verdict – innocent of all charges! No one can condemn you if you are in Christ. No one! Praise God for His justification of you!

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