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Who is Jesus?
Some people say He's a teacher, some say a prophet. Some others say He's a liar or a fake, but many more know Him as Savior or Lord. Jesus asked His disciples a pointed question, "...whom say ye that I am?" Peter answered abruptly, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16:13-16
Jesus could have been either a legend, a liar, a lunatic, or Lord and God. There is so much historical evidence available that historians agree, He was more than a legend. And if he was a liar why would He have died if He could have avoided it with a few false words? And a lunatic could not have had intelligent debates or handled the stress of his betrayal. He said He was the Christ, the Son of the Living God and evidence supports that!
The men who followed Jesus were called disciples. Anyone who follows Jesus now is also a disciple. The original twelve disciples were His closest followers and were later called the Apostles. These men believed Jesus to be the Son of God. In Matthew 14:33 they all witnessed Jesus calming the stormy sea. They respond immediately, "Of a truth thou art the Son of God."
Every where Jesus went people followed Him. Their faith that He could heal was great. Read through the New Testament Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and see all of the healings and miracles Jesus did. You can see Him driving evil spirits out of people, healing the blind, paralyzed, and those inflicted with diseases. He even raised people from the dead. What man can do this today? Jesus did all this because He is the Son of God!
Jesus Himself told us who He was when He came to live among us. In John 14:9-10 scripture says that Jesus told one of His followers, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." >
The Life of Jesus
Read the following verses to learn more about Jesus' birth: Luke 1:26-27, 31, 34-35 In these passages you learn that Jesus was born of a virgin. The angel tells us that He would be called the Son of God. After He was born He was taken to the temple. Anna the prophetess lived to see this day. As He grew older He greatly impressed others as well.
At age twelve, Jesus was found in the temple teaching the men. But wasn't until He was thirty-three that His ministry began. Jesus lived a life of teaching and ministering life. He moved from place to place teaching any who would listen. He healed people and performed miracles. He helped those who needed help. Jesus showed love to all people, even those who were not of Jewish decent.
What did He do for You?
Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life. Jesus was and still is perfect in every way by God's standards which is the Word of God. He is the Son of God, alive forever more. He lived a perfect life, and died a horrible death, so that through His death, those who believe in Him, will live forever more. Jesus was led by God through the Holy Spirit to His death upon the cross, where He suffered and bore the sins of the world. He did this of His own free will, "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." John 10:17-18
So what does all this mean to you? It means that Jesus gave His life for You, because the Bible says that the wages of sin is death (Romans 3:23). This means that because of sin we all are guilty and we all will die and be seperated from God for all of eternity. But God loves us so much that He does not want this! So He sent Jesus to be the substitute for our sins. (John 3:16) Jesus died in our place. We should have been the ones on the cross, suffering for our own sins. But Jesus loved us so much that He gave His own life in exchange for ours. He died and wiped out our sin forevermore. What a wonderful truth.
So Now What?
It is by the conviction of the Holy Spirit that men are brought to salvation. In other words, your eyes must be openned to the fact that you are a sinner and need a Savior, you need Jesus. Once the Holy Spirit has revealed to your understanding your eternal condition and need for Him, then you must respond to His calling.
You must confess that you are a sinner, repent and get right with Him, which means read and obey God's Word. Once you come into this right relationship with God, then you move on to greater truths from His Word. Like a tender plant, you must grow and mature in the Lord.
Pray to Him, talk to Him, thank Him, worship Him. Tell Him you want to be nearer to Him, the one who saved you by His own blood at Calvery. Ask Him to help you to live for Him. Those that seek Him, will find Him. "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." Deuteronomy 4:29
E-mail me and let me know if you have been saved today or if you have any questions about salvation.
Why I Love the Lord
You ask me why I love the Lord,
well, friend, just let me say...
Life wasn't worth living,
'Till the Savior came my way.
You say I miss so much of life,
yes, friend, praise God, I do.
I miss the pain and sorrow,
that once was all I knew.
I miss the days spent seeking joy,
the long nights full of tears.
I miss the heavy burden,
that I carried through the years.
But, friend, I wouldn't have them back,
for all that life could pay.
Life wasn't worth living,
'Till the Savior came my way.