Posts Tagged ‘Messiah

24
Nov
17

The Angels’ Longing

The Holy Spirit of God revealed the sufferings and glorification of Jesus the Messiah to the Old Testament prophets. They wrote about them, not for their own benefit, but for ours. Peter says:

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. – 1 Peter 1:12 (NIV)

Did you hear that? The angels of God longed to know what was going to happen on earth. Angels are not all-knowing creatures or beings. They anxiously awaited God’s plan to be revealed, just as humanity did. Oh what a plan it is! To forgive and save humanity from our sin and wickedness by His grace through Jesus Christ, our Savior. The angels of Heaven could not have conceived of this amazing plan. But God knew all along how He was going to rescue us from death. That’s what He did. He chose to save humanity by sending His Son. Now, we who receive salvation through Him rejoice because of God’s amazing grace and love.
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22
Nov
17

The Prophets’ Jealousy

Good Wednesday morning to you! Peter, in talking about our salvation that comes by grace through faith in Jesus, says that the Old Testament prophets were longing to see the day that the Messiah would fulfill their words. He wrote:​​

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. – 1 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit predicted not only the sufferings of the Messiah, Jesus, but also predicted His glorious resurrection, ascension and exaltation. We should be thanking and praising the Lord that we have received this salvation. The prophets longed to experience what we have experienced. So give thanks to God that though you were once lost, now you’ve been found and though you were blind, now you see.
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.
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.



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