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In light of the Resurrection we ask, who is Jesus?
Today many celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ but just Who is this Jesus anyways? And most importantly why does it matter?
Jesus talking to the Jews said.. “I have come to you representing my Father, and you refuse to welcome me, even though you readily accept others who represent only themselves. You gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from God alone. “ (John 5:43- 44)
”The Father and I are one” (John 10:30)
The high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God that you tell us whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus replied, “Yes, it is as you say. And in the future you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God’s right hand in the place of power and coming back on the clouds of heaven.”
Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror, shouting, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. (Matthew 26:63-65)
Jesus said to the man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” “Who does this man think he is?” the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to each other. “This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins?” The Jewish leaders tried all the more to kill him. In addition to disobeying the Sabbath rules, he had spoken of God as his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.
The Jewish leaders replied“…you, a mere man, have made yourself God.” (John 10:33)
After reading the above passages, you may have realized many trends. I would like to draw your attention to a simple yet common theme. This particular theme stirred up many who listened to Jesus talk. The Jewish leadership and others sought to even kill Jesus because of it and eventually we know they did. But why such hatred for an apparently good man who healed, and even performed countless miracles? Why would simple statements and acts of kindness and love by Jesus cause the leaders to cry out “blasphemy!” from a simple statement by Jesus? We know the answer from the verses above.
Jesus claimed one thing that was clear to all who heard Him speak. Jesus made the claim to be God and this was obvious blasphemy to the Jewish leadership. Likewise, even today this remains true. This claim continues to be considered blasphemy by Jesus and/or anyone who claims to be God unless of course it is true and Jesus truly is who He says He is. Like the Jewish leaders, I am aware that many today choose to believe Jesus is not who He claims and yet are willing to accept the account of the life of Jesus. In fact, many might even consider Jesus to be a good teacher and one who would offer good advice.
For us this remains true. If we do not believe Jesus is God than no one can be able to trust anything Jesus says to be the truth. If you do not believe Jesus is who He claims to be, than how can one trust Him to have been even remotely a good teacher? The choice remains. Either Jesus is God and the Savior of the world with power to forgive sin or He is not. Your life depends on who you put your trust in. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus was crucified and rose from the grave three days later. It’s only because the tomb is empty and Jesus rose from the grave that anyone can have peace with God.
There is a war going on in the world today.
Now I am not speaking about a physical war or a nation at war with another nation or people at war another group of people (all which may be true). (However, these types of wars are evidences of the big war I am referring to). The war I am talking about is a spiritual one. This war is not between flesh and blood. This war is for the hearts and minds of every single person on the planet and it’s ultimately against God. As Christians we must not let up in fighting the good fight of faith and sharing the truth of who Jesus truly is. If we don’t, millions of people will be going to hell forever. This is not God’s way. Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?”
So today I ask the same question. Who do you say that Jesus is? Was He just a man or something more? Because if He was something more, shouldn’t we all find out what that is?
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
God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:16
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5, 14
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
What Truly Matters
Billions of people are posting each day on the internet. Some things that are posted to their blogs matter more than other things but I urge you not to shrug this post off as just another blog post and/or religious person’s crazy post who doesn’t get many views. If you have questions about God, the Bible, heaven or hell, etc you need answers. And you need the right answers. If you are mad at God, Christians or both you need answers. If you are mad at anybody you need answers. For sure all of your questions may not have satisfactory answers right now but the ones God wants us to know right now do. We may not like the answers but God always will give the correct answers. You owe it to yourself to get answers to your questions but most importantly to find out for sure what happens after you die because you may not have tomorrow. Thank you for your time.
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When millions of people vanish from off the face of the earth in the Biblical event known as the Rapture many people in the world will conjure up ideas as to what happened. Was it a mass Alien abduction, terrorist related conspiracy or something else? Many people who are left behind on the earth will make up different reasons for why the people seemed to vanish except for what really happened as described in the Bible.
“The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
The newest movie Left Behind (2014) portrays the chaos, sheer panic and fear that many will experience when millions of people disappear. The movie also shows the denial of Jesus that people will have (and also have now) at the coming for His Church in the moment of the Rapture. It accurately shows a world of people who ignore prophecy of the Bible and seek to explain this time in terms other than for what it actually is.
For these reasons many do not like the movie Left Behind and do I dare say, hate it because of its accurate and truthful portrayal of these events. It candidly shows typical reactions from those who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord. People are already at enmity with God and this movie proves this enmity is real.
Whether you did or didn’t like the movie, the important thing for us all to do is to ask questions about matters that truly matter. Some such questions are, is Jesus really who He claims to be? His Jesus really God? If so, what are you going to do about it? Are you ready to face God on Judgment Day for sin (breaking His commands)? Is the event seen in this movie really going to happen and if so, what does it mean for us? Is Hell real and if so, why does it exist? Would you consider yourself to be a good person? Good enough to go to Heaven? How will you know? Why not take the ultimate test linked at www.AreYouGood.us and find out more?
“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” 2 Peter 3:3-7