Sunday, August 13, 2017

Jesus Is…, 4

~ Jesus Is Patiently Waiting for Your Response! ~

An Important Q & A  ~  “Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!  “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”  Hosanna in the highest!’  And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, ‘Who is this?  So the multitudes said, ‘This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee’” (Matthew 21:9-11).
A Second Important Q & A  ~  “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’  So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’  He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?  Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’  Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven’” (Matthew 16:13-17). 

Some Critical Questions  ~  How do you explain His wisdom and His power?  Where do you think Jesus Christ gained the power and authority to do all that He did?  Do you think He just another human being?  Do you think He was more than a mere human?  Do you think it possible that Jesus Christ—The Messiah, was really who the Bible says He is?  If so, is that important to you?  Does it have profound implications for you? 

Some Critical Passages to Ponder  ~  Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him [if you accept Him as your personal Savior], who is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:8-10). 
“To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:1-4).

concluding thoughts  ~  How you answer those questions will determine your values, your lifestyle, but most importantly your eternal destiny.  The choice is everlasting regret and punishment or never-ending joy beyond our human comprehension.  Who do you say Jesus is?  That is the most important of all questions!

the key question:  “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15).  This is the most important question you will ever answer.  If you do not answer it, or answer it incorrectly, you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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