Posts Tagged ‘Messiah

07
Sep
17

Jesus Is The Christ

When it comes to truth and lies, John says that the lie of the antichrist is to deny that Jesus is the Christ. To say that Jesus is not the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, is to lie. He wrote:

Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. – 1 John 2:22-23 (NIV)

When we come to saving faith in Christ by God’s grace, we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God. We believe in Jesus, repent from our sinful ways, confess and acknowledge our faith in Christ as the Messiah and are baptized for the forgiveness of our sins. It is at that moment when we call on the name of the Lord that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Our sins are washed away by God’s grace and we begin a new life of faithful devotion to Jesus. We get all of the spiritual blessings of new life in Christ when we acknowledge the truth that Jesus is the Christ.
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04
Jan
17

Do You Know Jesus?

John 7:32-36 (NIV)

The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
33 Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36 What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”

Jesus knew exactly who He was, where He was from and Whom had sent Him. The Jewish leaders were clueless. Here was the Messiah for whom they had been looking and they couldn’t see Him. They wanted to arrest Him when they should have been adoring Him. They wanted to seize Him when they should have been serving Him. They wanted to kill Him when they should have been worshiping Him. 

We aren’t much better in our day and age. People are looking for purpose and meaning, love and joy and they miss the One who can give them these things. They want to ignore Him when they should seek Him. They want to persecute His followers whey they should join them. Jesus has gone into Heaven, but He wants to dwell in every man and woman. He will return one day, but He wants to enter our hearts today. He will bring peace and hope into our lives if we will only listen to Him and accept His offer of forgiveness.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for sending Jesus. I pray for my friends and relatives who don’t know Him yet. I pray that they would see Him living in me so that they would want to know Him and receive His love. Amen.

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.

24
Oct
16

The King Of Our Hearts

John 6:14-15 (NIV)

After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

They were looking for a king who would be like David. One who would put Israel back on the map. One who would overthrow the Romans. Surely, Jesus was the king for whom they were looking. He must have been the Messiah! After all, who else could do the amazing things He had been doing?
He was not the king for whom they were looking. Jesus did not come to be seated on a throne in a palace. Jesus came to be seated on the throne of our hearts. Yes, Jesus is the Messiah. He is the One whom the Father promised to send to save us. He did not come to save us from political enemies or persecutors. He came to save us from our sins.
So that is why Jesus withdrew from the people. He did not come to storm the gates of Jerusalem to overthrow the government on that day.  He entered Jerusalem by way of a lowly donkey to die for the sins of the world at a later time. Jesus refused to succumb to the pressure to be what everyone wanted Him to be. Instead, He knew His purpose and He knew the Father’s plan and He stuck to them.
Don’t make Jesus out to be something other than who He really is. He wants to be your Savior and your Friend. He wants to be your Lord and your King. He will not settle for anything less than being the Lord of your life. His rightful place is not as the leader of a nation. His rightful place is to be the King of your heart. Surrender and submit to His lordship and leadership today.
PRAYER: Father, help me to submit to Jesus’ authority in my life. Help me to make Jesus the King of my heart. I want to serve Him and love Him more and more each day. In His name, amen.
14
Sep
16

Taking Up Residence

John 4:25-26 (NIV)

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

In John 4, Jesus has an encounter with a Samaritan woman at a well. They discuss living water that never runs dry as well as the sordid details from her past and present relationships. This causes her to change the subject to something a little more comfortable and less convicting – the proper place of worship. He tells her that those who worship the Lord must worship in Spirit and in truth. He then reveals His true identity – He is the Messiah.
Jesus didn’t come to solve the age-old dilemmas about the proper place of worship. He didn’t come to make us comfortable about our sin. He came to renew and renovate our hearts. He isn’t doing some kind of exterior job of touching up paint and clearing out a few cobwebs. Jesus wants to empty our hearts of our hoarded sins. He wants to do more than clean up the clutter. He wants to gut the place. That’s what the Messiah does. He shines His light into our hearts in order to clean out every nook and cranny in order to move in and take up residence.
When we put our faith and trust in Jesus by believing in Him, repenting from sin, confessing Him as Savior and being baptized, Jesus forgives our many sins and gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit. God moves in and makes our hearts His home. There can be no more room for sin. He cleans out every room and empties the closets of their skeletons. He cleans up the past and transforms the present in order to give us a bright future.
So let Him in! Let Jesus, the Messiah, take up residence in your heart in order to be conformed to His image. As you grow in faith, you’ll continue to be renewed and changed into the new creation He wants you to be.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, fill me with Your Spirit today. I want to look, act, speak and think more like Jesus. I can’t do this on my own. I need You to rid me of anything that is not of You. In Jesus’ saving name, amen.
28
Jul
16

Bring Them To Jesus

John 1:35-42 (NIV)

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).

After spending some time with Jesus, Andrew knew. He knew that he had found the Messiah. He had heard John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus and started following Him immediately. The Apostle John says that the first thing that Andrew did was to find his brother, Simon and tell him the good news. They had actually found the Messiah. Andrew brought his brother to Jesus and Jesus changed his name to Cephas or Peter. Not only did Jesus change Peter’s name, but He changed his life.

Jesus still changes lives today. We who follow Jesus must remember this. When we are ready to count someone out and say, “Oh, they’ll never follow Jesus,” we need to be like Andrew. Our job isn’t to change anyone’s life. Our job is to bring people to Jesus in order that He can change their lives. Jesus does the transformation. We just have to get people to Him. Because once people spend time with Jesus, they’ll know that He is who the Bible says He is. He is the Messiah. He is the Friend of sinners. He is the Son of the Living God. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Savior of the world. He is Jesus and nothing is impossible for Him.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray today for the people I know who aren’t following Jesus yet. I pray that You would stir in their hearts a desire to hear about Your Son. I pray that You would give me an opportunity today to tell people about Jesus. Help me to be bold and courageous that I might share the good news with them. In His name, amen.

26
Jul
16

Recapturing The Holy Awe

John 1:19-28 (NIV)

19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”
21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John knew about Jesus, but others did not. John knew that Jesus was the Son of God, the Savior of the world. He knew where Jesus was from and what He had come to do. John also knew his own purpose. He quoted the prophet Isaiah when asked about his own ministry. He was preparing the path for the Messiah. He understood Jesus’ exalted place and his own humble position. He was sent, not to be the Messiah, but to point to Jesus as the Messiah.

We get so flippant with Jesus sometimes. We don’t understand who He really is. He is the Son of God, the King of kings and Lord of lords. We treat Him like our teddy bear, our buddy or our high school sweetheart, but rarely do we see Him as the One whose sandals we are unworthy to untie. We need to recapture that holy awe of Jesus. Yes, He is a Friend to sinners. Yes, He loves us deeply. Yes, He gives us security when we are afraid. But He is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He is the conquering King. He is sitting at the right hand of the Father reigning in majesty and glory. Every knee will bow before Him. Every tongue will confess His lordship. When we see Him coming on the clouds one day, we will understand so much better just how awesome He is. 

Let us dedicate ourselves today to living like Jesus is who He said He is. He is the Lion and the Lamb and He is the King. He is God.

PRAYER: O Father, I am sorry when I treat Jesus as anything less than who He really is. Help me to be in awe of His awesome position and amazing power. Help me to make Him the Lord of my life that I may serve Him as my King. In His name, amen.




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