Posts Tagged ‘Jesus

20
Apr
18

The Lord Our God

In the Ten Commandments, God gives His people a set of rules to abide by that will protect them in the community of faith. He begins by identifying Himself and reminding them of what He had done for the Israelites. Moses wrote:

And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. – Exodus 20:1-2 (NIV)

God didn’t bring us out of slavery in Egypt, but He did deliver us from slavery and bondage to sin and its consequences. God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to deliver us from sin. Sin owned us as slaves. We were held in bondage to its power over us. Jesus, who never sinned, went to the cross as the perfect and acceptable human sacrifice in order to forgive our many sins and set us free. Sin no longer has control over us. We have been freed from the consequences of sin. Hell is no longer our destiny. God has delivered us from sin and darkness and is leading us to the Promised Land of Heaven.

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15
Apr
18

Jesus Is The Light Of The World

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 8:12.

09
Apr
18

The Lord Wants Everyone To Be Saved

Jesus promised us that He would return. The Bible says that it will be “soon.” As we sit here nearly 2,000 years later we wonder what might be taking so long. It may seem as though God has forgotten about us. He sure seems to be taking His time in keeping this promise. The apostle Peter wrote that there is a purpose to the Lord’s patience. He wrote:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

God’s heart beats for people who are far from Him. It can be easy to fall into the trap of selfishness. We want to go to Heaven and leave this world behind! But what about those who don’t know Jesus yet? What about those who will still believe? God wants EVERYONE to be saved. Rather than sitting around waiting for Jesus to return, let’s go out and make disciples like He told us to do.
04
Apr
18

Where Is Jesus?

The return of Jesus is something with which Christians are fascinated. When is He coming back? When will we see His second coming? We’re like little children saying, “What’s taking so long?” Peter says that as we get closer to His return, there will be those who mock Jesus and doubt it. Peter wrote:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” – 2 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

They’re right, you know? Things have been going on as normal since the beginning of the world. Jesus said that that’s how things would be going. In Luke 17, Jesus said that things would be going on as normal on the day of His return. Don’t listen to the scoffers who say that Jesus was lying about His return. Instead, be prepared. Be ready because we don’t know the day of His coming. That way, when He does return, you won’t be caught off guard and you won’t be left out in the darkness.
03
Apr
18

Remembering What Jesus Said

Peter says that he wrote two letters, but for the same purpose. He wrote:

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. – 2 Peter 3:1-2 (NIV)

First, Peter wrote to stimulate wholesome thinking. This has to do with pure and uncontaminated thinking. The false teachers of his day were polluting the minds of those to whom Peter was writing. Second, Peter wrote to bring to mind the words of the past. He was reminding them of what the Old Testament prophets had written and what Jesus had commanded, too. What was Jesus’ command? There are many possibilities as to the command Peter had in mind. It could be to love one another. It could be to believe in Him. It could be to live lives of holiness as the day of His return approaches. In any case, as we look ahead, we’ll see that Peter’s emphasis is on obeying God as the day of the Lord draws near.
30
Mar
18

Forgive Who?

On what we know as Good Friday, Jesus was crucified for the sin of the world. Luke records the scene in this way. He wrote:

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:33-34 (NIV)

While we don’t know their names or their crimes, we know that it should have been us. We could have been either the criminal on His right or His left. We should have felt the nails. We should have been left there to die for our own sins and transgressions. Yet, there is the perfect Son of God with thorns on His head and nails in His hands and feet praying to His Father, “Forgive them…” Forgive who? Forgive those who were killing Him? What love! Forgive those who were insulting Him and spitting on Him? What mercy! Forgive us who were the true source of His suffering? What grace! Jesus took our punishment when He took our place and that is what Good Friday is all about.
15
Mar
18

The Reliability Of Prophets

Peter, defending Jesus as the Christ and Son of God, says that he and his fellow disciples SAW Him. He says that that HEARD the Father identify Jesus as His Son. Now, Peter points back to the prophets of the Old Testament as a reliable witness to the life of Jesus. Peter wrote:

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. – 2 Peter 1:19 (NIV)

The Old Testament prophets said that God would send a Messiah through the line of David to free people from their bondage and slavery to sin. Jesus came to do just that. Jesus died on a Roman cross to set us free from sin and its consequences. God raised Him from the dead three days later and now we have the hope of eternal life through Him. Jesus fulfilled prophecy after prophecy to show that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.



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